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• Kalani Kaohi receives Grand Hyatt Kauai’s Employee of the Year honor

Kalani Kaohi received top honors among the 900-plus Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa staff. Kaohi, assistant storekeeper in the housekeeping department, was chosen as the 2006 Employee of the Year at the annual Employee Awards Banquet held recently.

“Kalani brings a bright outlook to work each day and has a winning smile for everyone he sees,” Hyatt general manager Doug Sears states in a press release. “Kalani has been with the Hyatt since 1991 and while he works behind the scenes he has clearly been instrumental in the success of the hotel. He is most deserving of this honor.”

Kaohi was raised in Waimea where he still resides. Kaohi’s passions often take him into Waimea Canyon and Koke‘e. An avid outdoorsman throughout his life, Kaohi often hunts but more and more finds himself simply enjoying his treks into the great outdoors. Conservation of unique island resources is of paramount importance to Kaohi and he encourages youth to be conscious of preserving wild areas.

• Waimea Shell wins award

The 2006 award for the Best Dealer Site for CVP (Customer’s Value Proposition) went to Waimea Shell on Kauai owned by Goose’s Edge, Inc. Al Gustavson, the President and Founder, of this private company was presented the award at a Dealer Meeting on Oahu on Feb. 22. Gustavson rewarded his two managers, Trudy Gilmore and Patricia Arizo, for their win at this site at the dealer meeting of Feb. 22. He was also informed that his other Shell Stations that are in his MSO Cluster were graded out and are in the top five of the West Coast MSO operators. The scoring was done by surprise inspections during 2007.

Goose’s Edge Inc. holds four Franchises (Three Tesoro and one Shell) and eight MSO Shell Stations that are all located on Kaua‘i (1), O‘ahu (5), Maui (2), and the Big Island (4). Goose’s Edge recently took over the previous Queen K Chevron on the Big Island in Kona and rebranded the 24 hour Convenience Store/Car Wash to Tesoro Brand on Feb. 1.

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