The following individuals recently launched a business, were appointed to a leadership position or honored for their work in the business community:
• The Mokihana Club installed new officers at its May 7 meeting. They include: Lenore Klass, auditor; Gai Young, parliamentarian; Jill Ramsey, recording secretary; Joan Mills, corresponding secretary; Barbara van Balen, second vice president; Suzanne Ellis, first vice president; Carolyn Knepper, president; and Ruth Fite, treasurer.
• Beth Haddock was named general manager of Wahoo’s Seafood Grill & Bar. Haddock — who has 24 years of restaurant, convention and retail experience — will be responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, quality control and guest satisfaction assurance. Haddock previously served as food and beverage director, banquet manager, floor manager and restaurant manager for Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, Aloha Beach Hotel and the Kaua‘i Westin, Duke’s Canoe Club on O‘ahu and several other Mainland establishments.
• John T. Komeiji will serve as Hawaiian Telcom’s senior vice president and general counsel. In his new role, Komeiji will be responsible for legal and government affairs, support services and external affairs. He comes to Hawaiian Telcom from Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP, where he served as senior partner. Komeiji is currently a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and has served as a lawyer representative to the United States District Court Conference and the state of Hawai‘i Judiciary Conference. Komeiji was appointed as an arbitrator and master mediator by the state of Hawai‘i Judiciary.
• Craig T. Inouye was named Hawaiian Telcom’s senior vice president of sales. He will be in charge of business sales, retail stores, wireless, customer contact centers and wholesale markets. Inouye joins Hawaiian Telcom after working at Sun Innovation Holding LTD, where he served as director. He previously worked at Circle Telecom USA, where he created retail and wholesale VOIP long distance telecommunications service in Japan. Inouye also worked at iBasis Inc. as vice president for Asia/Pacific, and at WorldxChange as a vice president.
• Steven P. Golden was named Hawaiian Telcom’s vice president for external affairs. He will be responsible for regulatory issues, corporate communications and customer relations in his new job. Golden comes to Hawaiian Telcom from The Gas Co., where he served as vice president of external affairs. Before joining The Gas Co., he served as a public policy advisor for elected officials with both the state of Hawai‘i and city and county of Honolulu. Golden also worked as a government affairs liaison for GTE Hawaiian Tel and Pacific Resources Inc.