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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, July 2, 2007

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff

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  • Aloha United Way has announced its new hires and promotions:

    CHRISTIE OCLARAY, hired as vice president-administration/human resources, will direct this portion of AUW's Asset Management Group, which includes human resources, general administrative services and building services.

    She also will prepare and administer her area's annual budget and work plan and help the president with strategic projects and planning initiatives.

    BRETT KERR, hired as assistant vice president-campaign, will help operate the annual fundraising campaign and will analyze and put into effect key fundraising procedures.

    MELANIE KAAIHUE, promoted to assistant vice president-Combined Federal Campaign. Formerly general assistant responsible for maintaining administrative services, she will analyze, organize and put into effect strategies and processes that pertain to the annual CFC fundraising campaign, and will also teach volunteers campaign procedures.

    CHRISTIE MIYASATO, hired as general services assistant, will provide general services in the administration/human resources technical area, including mailroom and copy room operations and maintenance of records of all office supplies and equipment orders.

  • DR. JOHN PEARCE, a senior radiologist specializing in breast imaging at the Women's Health Center of The Queen's Medical Center, was recently selected by the Consumer's Research Council of America in Washington, D.C. to be included in the 2006-2007 "Guide to America's Top Radiologists." Pearce has specialized in breast imaging for the past 30 years and has won many teaching awards from several countries.

  • MIKIO SATO has joined Prudential Locations as chief financial officer. He hopes to align the real estate firm's business objectives with key financial strategies. His role also is to protect and preserve financial assets and oversee management of the accounting department and its practices.

    He is former assistant controller for Sony Hawaii.

  • Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations Inc. has announced the promotion of DAWN HIRAI to account supervisor of its corporate and public affairs division; and the promotion of LYNELLE MIYASHIRO to account supervisor of its travel marketing and promotions division.

    Also announced was the hiring of MICHELLE POND as account coordinator of its corporate and public affairs division; and RACHEL PATRICK as account coordinator of its travel marketing and promotions division.

  • First Hawaiian Bank has announced the following promotions:

    JENNIE OHTA, vice president, Wealth Management Division, responsible for trust accounts.

    JASON HARUKI, assistant vice president and investment officer, Wealth Management Division.

    BRIAN MORIKI, assistant vice president and manager, Records Management Department, ensuring legal compliance.

    DARNETTE PAAKAULA, assistant vice president and service manager, Pearlridge Branch, responsible for branch operations and staff management.

    BARD PETERSON, assistant vice president and business banking officer, Kahului Branch; managing commercial banking products and services and supervising branch staff.

    DEREK TANGA, reporting manager, Controller's Division, managing and preparing the annual budget and regulatory reports.

  • CHRISTOPHER BLUNT has been appointed sales manager of Mauna Lani Resort. He will focus on financial and insurance clientele in the Northeastern United States. He brings more than 13 years of sales and hospitality experience, having served most recently as director of national accounts for Marriott International Hawaiian Islands.

  • The Hawaii Paralegal Association has elected its 2007-2008 board of directors. They are: president and membership director, Cheryl Ching (Carlsmith Ball); vice president and public relations director, Lesa Douglas-Wong (Carlsmith Ball); secretary, Nicole "Kaaliko" Siu (Carlsmith Ball); treasurer, Cynthia Ney (Carlsmith Ball); job bank director, Debra Ota (Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner); publications director, Ikuko Sano (Carlsmith Ball); professional development director, Jennifer Baricaua (Chun, Kerr, Dodd, Beaman & Wong); pro bono director, Evelyn Gomez (Hawaii State Bar Association); standards director, Elton Johnson (Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fischer); and board adviser, Danie Kakazu (Law Offices of Peter Hsieh). Sue Alden continues as primary National Federation of Paralegal Associations representative.

  • EDIE CHRISTIANSEN has joined Griffith Construction Consultants as project manager. She will assist in project management and construction management services for real estate projects.

  • Bennet Group Strategic Communications has added two members to its account team. They are account executive CHARLISSE CHANG and assistant account executive CRYSTAL YAMASAKI.

  • Central Pacific Bank has announced the following promotions:

    ROBIN KANESHIRO, vice president and senior business banking officer, assisting clients with financing, expansion, operations and personal financial needs.

    DAVID KIMURA, vice president and investment consultant for the bank's Central Pacific Investment Services. He has more than eight years experience as a licensed financial adviser.

    S. GLENN COFFEY, Lahaina Branch manager. He is a 30-year veteran of the banking industry.

    DEAN YOSHIDA, Beretania Branch manager. He has 28 years of managerial experience, with 19 years of experience in the financial industry.

    CHRISTOPHER FROST, business banking officer responsible for servicing the needs of small-business clients.

    Announcements of promotions and job changes can be sent to: Trade Winds, Business Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; faxed to 525-6763, or e-mailed to ayonan@honoluluadvertiser.com. For e-mailed releases, please make sure the information is included in the body of the message, not as an attachment. Hard copy, color mug shots are preferred.