Local Industry for Sunday — March 12, 2006

Mullahy nominated for top award

  • Jean Mullahy, banquet captain at the Princeville Resort, was recently nominated for a 2005 Na Poe Pa’ahana (The Hard-working people of Hawai’i) award, in the category Food & Beverage Person of the Year.

“She is such a valuable person on our f&b team,” her co-workers said in a press release.

As a former nurse, Mullahy brings more than just catering experience to her position as banquet captain at Princeville Resort, her supervisors said.

For the past 17 years, Mullahy has been recognized for exceptional professionalism on the job assisting her fellow employees.

She is a role model, and motivates staff members towards higher service levels and team achievement. She routinely goes above and beyond to create special experiences for everyone at the Princeville Resort, her supervisors said.

HMSA pays $1.57 billion in claims

  • Officials with the Hawaii Medical Service Association recently reported in a press release that they paid $1.57 billion in member claims in 2005, the most in the association’s 67-year history. Health-care costs were $2,260 per member last year.

Cost-U-Less still going strong

  • Leaders at Cost-U-Less reported increases in same-store sales (at stores open at least 13 months, like the one in Kapa’a) of 3.7 percent for the four weeks ending Feb. 26, and 2.9 percent for the eight-week period ending on Feb. 26.

For all of calendar 2005, net income increased to $3 million, an all-time high, with net income of $1,130,000 for the fourth quarter alone.

Same-store sales were up 1.7 percent for the fourth quarter, and up 4.7 percent for the fiscal year ended Jan. 1, 2006, company officials said in a press release.

Habitat for Humanity golf tourney set

  • Aloha Lumber Company leaders are sponsoring the Habitat Fore Humanity Golf Tournament, set for April 30 at the Princeville Makai Golf Course. It is a two-person scramble event with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Team members registering before March 28 will receive two free Mulligans. Trips to Las Vegas and the Neighbor Islands will be given away. For more information, call Aloha Lumber Co., Inc., 822-9818, ext. 27.

DeLima returns for secretary celebration

  • Funny-man Frank DeLima returns to Kaua’i, along with Las Vegas hypnotist Scott Lewis, for the 20th Annual Super Secretaries’ Celebration, set for April 28 at the Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club Grand Ballroom. Leaders of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, KONG Radio Group and the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce sponsor the event.

Spring Gourmet Gala is coming

  • Top chefs from Kaua’i and around the state are again preparing to converge on Kaua’i Community College for the Fourth Annual Culinary Institute of the Pacific Spring Gourmet Gala, set for April 14 at 6 p.m. in the KCC fine dining room. There will be a silent auction, and chefs Alan Wong, Hiroshi Fukui, DK Kodama and Danny Morioka will be presenting some of their favorite dishes.

Business After Hours event set

  • Leaders of the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce and Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club host a Business After Hours function April 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the hotel, honoring the Kaua’i winners of the annual U.S. Small Business Administration small business award winners. April 13 is the deadline to register. The charge is $10 per person for Chamber members, and $20 for guests. Call 245-7363 for more information.

Hahn joins Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau

  • Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau officials announced in a press release recently that Jeff Hahn has been appointed as regional director of accounts for the corporate meetings and incentives (CMI) division.

Hahn will be chiefly responsible for selling Hawai’i as a business-meetings destination in the crucial Washington, D.C. area. Approximately 3,500 national and international associations are based in the region, making it the world’s largest market for associations.

Just as importantly, the organizations represent lucrative business sectors, including technology, medicine, education, manufacturing, and services.

“Jeff Hahn brings to HVCB the business experience and industry connections needed to keep our association sales program going strong in the vital Washington, D.C. area,” noted Michael Murray, CMP, CMM, CASE, vice president of sales and marketing for HVCB’s CMI division.

“Hawai’i’s meetings industry has benefited from excellent representation in Washington. Having Jeff come aboard with his existing strong association base relationships ensures a new level of sales efforts in that region,” Murray added.

Hahn has spent the past 10 years in Florida, primarily directing association and corporate sales for Hilton resort properties in the Tampa and St. Petersburg markets.

Joining HVCB is a coming home of sorts for Hahn, who worked in the meetings industry on the Big Island from 1984 to 1996, including a five-year stint as director of marketing for the former Sheraton Royal Waikoloa.

“Hawai’i and its people have always meant a great deal to me, so I’m thrilled about joining the HVCB sales team,” Hahn said. “It’ll be a pleasure to sell Hawai’i once again, and create new business opportunities for the state’s visitor industry.”

State tax take on the rise again

  • Statistics from state Department of Taxation Director Kurt Kawfuchi show that total general-fund revenues last month were over $346 million, and for the current fiscal year over $2.8 billion, an increase of 11.3 percent over the same period in the last fiscal year. Transient accommodations taxes (hotel room tax) collected in February were over $21.5 million, and over $142 million for the current fiscal year (ending June 30, 2006), up 10.7 percent compared to the collection during the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Realtors’ scholarships available

  • The Kauai Board of Realtors recently announced that applications are available online and through school counselors for the Fifth Annual Scholarship Program. For more information, go to www.kauairealtor.com, or see a guidance counselor at school. The application deadline is April 1.

Royal Hawaiian Movers blessing coming

  • Officials at Royal Hawaiian Movers in the Lawai Cannery complex host a Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours function Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., doubling as a blessing and grand-opening ceremony for the business new to Kaua’i. There will be food, drinks, door prizes, live entertainment, and much more. The cost is $10 per person for Chamber members, and $20 for all others. The registration deadline is Tuesday. Call 245-7363 for more information.

Hilton has kama’aina special

  • Officials at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa in Waikiki have a Kama’aina Spring Special, $150 a night, now through March 26, for Hawai’i residents.

The resort boasts Waikiki’s largest swimming pool (the 10,000-square-foot Super Pool) along the widest stretch of beach. The resort’s wildlife collection includes more than 60 species, including penguins, flamingos, ducks, swans, parrots, turtles and fish.

Equally impressive is the magnificent art collection, accessible via a self-guided walking tour brochure. In addition, there is the Bishop Museum Collection, Mandara Spa, and more than 20 different dining outlets. On Friday evenings, the Aloha Friday King’s Jubilee takes place, culminating with a fireworks display.

For room reservations, call the resort directly at 1-808-949-4321 and ask for rate code P3.

Kama’aina rates also are available at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, 1-808-886-1234, and the Double-tree Alana Hotel — Waikiki, 1-808-941-7275. For more information about Hilton hotels in Hawai’i, visit www.hilton-hawaii.com.


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