Business News & Notes for Sunday, May 28, 2006

• Kaua‘i firm changes name, keeps mission

• New GM at Kawailoa Development

• Bank of Hawaii promotion at Kapa‘a loan center

• Marriott International promotion

• Wilcox Trust gift means new Meals on Wheels van

• Loan and grant classes at KCC


Kaua‘i firm changes name, keeps mission

• Agor Architecture announced the immediate transition to Agor Design Group, or ADG, this week. ADG is still an architectural design firm rooted in traditional island values, a presss release states, but now armed with a new perspective.

Agor Architecture was established on the island of Kaua‘i 20 years ago. A Waimea High School graduate, Ron Agor was born and raised in Kekaha. Growing up in a humble family during the sugar plantation days helped Ron define his principles of providing for the entire community as his own ‘ohana, the release states. He became an architect in 1986.

Recent projects include the Waimea Plantation Cottages restoration and the upcoming Y.M.C.A. Community Center in Lihu‘e. 

Agor has always felt giving back to the community is more important than personal financial gain, the release states. As such, he has played an influential role in shaping Kaua‘i’s development through active participation in community programs and charity work.

In the spirit of continued adherance to the Agor’s philosophy of community involvement and leadership, ADG announced several new partners: Caven K. Raco, president; Chad Schlauch, vice president; and Jon Lucas, vice president.


New GM at Kawailoa Development

• The Takenaka Corporation named Jun Fukada general manager of Kawailoa Development on Kaua‘i, where he will oversee all aspects of Kawailoa Development and Poipu Bay Golf Course, a press release states.

Fukada has been with Takenaka for more than 15 years, most recently serving as director, vice president, treasurer and secretary with Takenaka Corporation Hawaii.


Bank of Hawaii promotion at Kapa‘a loan center

• Candice L. Iida has been promoted to residential loan officer in the Kauai Residential Loan Center, a Bank of Hawaii press release states. Iida joined Bank of Hawaii in 2003 as branch manager of the Kapa‘a Branch on Kaua‘i. Prior to that, she served as a financial advisor for AXA Advisors in Lihu‘e. Iida is a graduate of Harvard University, with a bachelor’s degree in economics.


Marriott International promotion

• Kathleen Costello has been appointed director of marketing communications for two Marriott International properties in Hawai‘i, the 546-room Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and the 555-room Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, both on Maui.

Costello, who will be responsible for advertising, e-commerce, public relations and in-house guest communications at both properties, has 26 years experience in the hospitality industry.

Marriott says both properties are currently being repositioned domestically and internationally amidst two multi-million dollar renovation projects.

A Chicago native, Costello began her career with Marriot in 2003. She has lived on Maui for 15 years.


Wilcox Trust gift means new Meals on Wheels van

• The G. N. Wilcox Trust recently awarded Kauai Economic Opportunity a grant of $20,000 for the purchase of a van for the Meals on Wheels program, a press release states.

KEO’s Meals On Wheels program targets both the transitional elderly and the vulnerable elderly, preparing and delivering over 325 meals throughout Kaua‘i.

Many senior citizens either do not have children on Kaua‘i or their children are unable to prepare their meals, so Meals on Wheels makes it easier for the elderly to remain at home, the release states.


Loan and grant classes at KCC

• A lack of loans and grants is one of the major issues hamstringing Kaua‘i businesses and nonprofit agencies, says Glenn Hontz, a business instructor at Kaua‘i Community College.

Hontz is also the chairperson of the Kauai Food Industry Forum, a community-based planning and action organization.

The cumulative result, he says, is that many businesses fail to seek the financing necessary to become more profitable. In addition, many social service agencies aren’t getting additional funding to expand their services to clients.

The program, titled “Creative Financing for Your Organization: Grants, Loans and Fund Raising,” is going on now and runs until June 22 on each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. For information contact Glenn Hontz at 246-4859.

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