BizzBuzz for Sunday — October 12, 2003

• Duke’s honors employees

• PayDayHawaii expands

• Chamber to hold annual meeting

Duke’s honors employees

Duke’s Canoe Club Kaua‘i embodies the spirit of aloha.

Honoring those employees that perpetuate the aloha spirit in and out of the workplace, Duke’s has established the Mea Ho‘okipa Quarterly Award.

The Kaua‘i restaurant has announced that the second quarter award recipient for 2003 is Cameron Ventura.

Cameron is a model employee, going beyond his described tasks whenever needed,” said Jaime Arreola, general manager of Duke’s Kaua‘i. “Cameron exudes sincerity, professionalism and respectfulness – his commitment to sharing the aloha spirit with his co-workers and customers is admirable.”

In addition to the Mea Hoæokipa Award, Duke’s Canoe Club Kaua‘i also recognizes the outstanding service by employees with its “Employee of the Month” and “Employee of the Year” awards.

In appreciation of the hard work and commitment of its staff, Duke’s proudly names the following honorees for its “Employee of the Month” award for the second quarter 2003, respectively:

April: Chad Puni

May: Monique Fergerstrom

June: Matt Bernabe

“It is such a pleasure to work with each of these honorees,” said General Manager Jaime Arreola. “We can always count on them to give 110 percent, and their professionalism and genuine aloha spirit ensure a memorable dining experience for our guests.”

All honorees received commemorative koa surfboard plaques and certificates. At the end of the year, one of the twelve “Employees of the Month.”

PayDayHawaii expands

Payday Advance of Hawaii, Inc. of Kapa‘a (dba PayDayHawaii) has just completed the acquisition of the four Hawai‘i Check Cashing offices owned by Keneka Corp.

Keneka Corp., based in Paia, Mau‘i, founded in 1989, operates four money service locations in Kahului, Lahaina, Hilo, and Kailua-Kona under the well-known Hawaii Check Cashing brand name.

These locations will be re-branded to PayDayHawaii, Hawaii’s Money Service Centers, over the coming months.

In terms of locations, the acquisition makes PayDayHawaii the largest money service business in the state of Hawai‘i.

President R. Craig Schafer estimates that the combined company will do in excess of $15,000,000 in transactions in the coming year based on prior sales.

“We are also continuing with our plan to open three locations on Oahu over the next two years.” said Mr. Schafer.

PayDayHawaii will continue to keep its general office based at its location in Kapa‘a.

If you have any questions about the PayDayHawaii acquisition, call Craig Schafer at (808) 822-5115 or visit

Chamber to hold annual meeting

Member of the Kauai Chambers of Commerce will hold their annual meeting on Oct. 24 at the Radisson Hotel.

Hawai‘i State Director of Labor, Nelson Befitel will be the keynote speaker.

At this general membership meeting, members will also elect the new officers and directors for the new year.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with fellowship hour followed by a dinner banquet.

For more information, call Sonia Topenio at 245-2172 or Oscar Portugal at 245-6566 no later than Oct. 20.


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