Business Briefs
Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Sunday, September 16, 2001

Attack slows Bankoh dividend checks

Pacific Century Financial Corp. said that third-quarter dividend payments to nearly 6,000 shareholders may be delayed due to mail disruptions caused by the Sept. 11 attack.

The parent of Bank of Hawaii said the delay will not affect shareholders who receive their dividend payments electronically. Shareholders who take part in the bank's dividend reinvestment plan also will not be affected.

"The terrorist attacks have been a terrible national tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families," said Al Landon, the company's chief financial officer. "We apologize to our affected shareholders for the delay and inconvenience this may cause."

The dividend payments, which cover shareholders of record as of Aug. 24, were scheduled to be paid tomorrow.

Fascination with Hawaii remains high

Americans are bored with going to the same places over and over again. They suffer "cuisine fatigue" from having too many different menus thrust at them and their overall confidence in the idea of a travel vacation is down, says a new survey by a national travel marketing firm, Yesawich, Pepperdine and Brown.

But Hawaii came out high in the wish-list part of the survey results, reported at the Society of American Travel Writers meeting in Hamilton, Bermuda, earlier this month.

The survey of 2,500 adults showed Hawaii's "out islands," other than Oahu, at the top of the list of places respondents had never been but would like to visit. Honolulu was third on that list, after the neighbor islands and national parks. The Florida Keys and Colorado mountain resorts ranked fourth and fifth in places people would like to go but haven't yet seen.



>> Tom Leung has been named logistics manager at Hawaiian Host Inc. He will be responsible for oversight of shipping, warehousing and purchasing functions of the company at its Los Angeles office. Leung was most recently assistant warehouse manager at Advanced Research Laboratories in California.

>> Larry A. Morgan has been named safety and loss prevention manager for the state of Hawaii by Loomis Fargo and Co. He will be responsible for the safety management of employees and company operations throughout the company's offices on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Morgan joins Loomis Fargo from a senior position at First Insurance Co. of Hawaii.

>> Scott Siegfried has been named director of admission at Maryknoll School. He was previously associate director of marketing and admissions at Hawaii Pacific University, where he led its international initiative and domestic recruiting operations. Siegfried replaced Kathy Shimabukuro, a Maryknoll graduate who served as director of admission for six years.

>> The Orchid at Mauna Lani has named Jim Babian executive chef at the resort hotel. He will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of menus and recipes, kitchen operations, safety procedures and overall quality assurance in dining. Babian most recently served as chef de cuisine at the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Kamuela Provision Co.

>> Marlene O'Brien has been named in-house marketing director for the Hawaii region of Shell Vacations Club. She is an 11-year veteran of the hospitality industry, most recently working at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sea World International Center.

>> Sally Moragne Mist has joined RE/MAX Honolulu. She was previously at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, Kahala.


>> Elliot Mills and Mike Winchatz have each been named general manager at separate Aston Hotels and Resorts Hawaii properties. Mills will serve at the Coral Reef Hotel and Winchatz at the Aston Pacific Monarch, both of which are in Waikiki. Mills has more than 12 years of hospitality industry experience. Winchatz is a 28-year Aston employee. In addition to being responsible for hotel operations at the Pacific Monarch, he will oversee operations of the Pacific Monarch Owners Association.

>> Communications-Pacific Inc. has promoted Russell Pang, Jackie Smythe and Abigail Wade. Pang and Smythe have been named directors and Wade a senior account executive. Pang joined Communications-Pacific in 1991. Smythe joined the company in 2000. Wade joined Communications-Pacific in 1999 as an account executive.


>> The Oahu Retired Teachers Association has named the following individuals as officers for 2001-02: Dorothy Mau, president; Alice Kealoha, vice-president; Leonora Leu, secretary; Pat Lau, assistant secretary; Kay Ono, corresponding secretary; Nellie Lum, treasurer; and Edna Fujiwara, assistant treasurer. In addition, Pearl Ching, Hazel Kauahikaua and Jane Pang were named directors by the ORTA.

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