News & Notes

False info circulating about cell phones

Despite chain e-mails stating the contrary, it is not necessary to register cell phones with the National Do Not Call list, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The commission states on its Web site that cell phone numbers are not being released to telemarketers. In addition, there is only one registry for both cell numbers and landlines submitted.

For more information, visit or

Jeweler opens store at Hilton Kauai resort

Jim Saylor Jewelers can now be found at the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, adjacent to the hotel lobby, according to a press release.

The new location is the second for Jim Saylor; the first was opened in Kapa‘a more than two decades ago.

Saylor has been creating jewelry on Kaua‘i for more than 30 years, states the release. His stores feature lines from Paris, Barcelona and Italy as well as custom items created in the Kapa‘a studio.

“As designers and manufacturers ourselves, we have a unique understanding of what makes a quality piece of jewelry,” Saylor said in the release. “This knowledge goes into the selection of everything we have to offer.”

Rob Gunthner, general manager of the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, noted in the release that Jim Saylor Jewelers brings to the hotel a reputation for “fine jewelry” and “stellar” community service.

For more information on Jim Saylor Jewelers at the Hilton, call 246-5566.

Stevenson’s Library adds sushi to menu

Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa has added sushi to its repertoire of cocktails and jazz.

Due to popular demand, sushi will be offered at the up-scale setting five nights a week, Fridays through Tuesdays.

Stevenson’s Library is known for its elaborately carved 25-foot-long Koa bar and its aged Cognac and Scotch selections, according to a press release. The lounge provides outdoor and indoor seating as well as board games and billiards.

Located in the lobby atrium of the resort, the nightspot opens at 6 p.m., with jazz starting at 8 p.m. and sushi offered until 9 p.m.

Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa overlooks Po‘ipu’s Keoneloa Bay. For more information, call 742-1234 or visit

UH hosting symposium on Asia Pacific Architecture

Hawai‘i will host the seventh International Symposium on Asia Pacific Architecture from June 14 to 16 at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Architecture.

The three-day conference will center on challenges facing the modern architect, including sustainability, emerging technologies, the environment, transit, infrastructure and new concepts of community, states a press release.

Speaking at the event are William Mitchell, author, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and director of the MIT Media Lab’s Smart Cities research group; Donald MacDonald, American Institute of Architects Fellow, noted architect of bridges and historic bridge renovations; Robert Ivy, editor of Architectural Record; and National President of the American Society of Landscape Architects Pat Caughey.

Architecture students will also be able to present their projects in this international setting.

The University of Hawai‘i’s School of Architecture offers the only nationally accredited professional doctoral program in architecture in the United States, according to the release.

For more information, visit or call 956-3469.

VIPdesk plans to create 500 jobs in Hawai‘i

VIPdesk, a provider of virtual contact center solutions, today announced that it plans to add up to 500 home-based positions in Hawai‘i.

VIPdesk — based in Alexandria, Va. — specializes in delivering concierge programs, virtual contact center services and reward redemption services for national brand leaders in the travel, auto, financial services and retail industries, according to its Web site.

The company said in a press release that it is seeking “fashion-forward retail professionals to provide customer support to their new and existing customers.”

“Our company is experiencing tremendous growth and Hawai‘i offers a great pool of available talent to meet our clients’ needs,” said Mary Naylor, CEO and founder of VIPdesk, in the release.

Services offered include inbound and outbound customer service, reservations, customer survey execution and membership registrations/renewals.

For more information on the jobs, visit

New hires about town

The following individual was recently appointed to a leadership positions in the business community:

• Dale Carstensen was promoted to director of leisure sales for Hawai‘i and French Polynesia by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.


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