Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Friday, January 9, 2004



Contractors head to Waikiki for national convention

The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. will have its national convention in Honolulu Feb. 25 to 29. ABC represents 23,000 contractors and construction-related firms nationwide.

The meeting will take place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Included in the event will be craft championships with 100 craft professionals competing from across the nation. Excellence in Construction awards will also be given in 49 categories as well as national safety awards.

To register, contact Scott Brown at (703) 812-2062, via email at or visit the ABC Web site at

North Shore burger joint expands

Kua Aina Sandwich Shop has moved to a new spot in Haleiwa. The new eatery offers expanded seating, parking and cooking capacity, the company said.

Located at 66-160 Kamehameha Highway, next to Wyland Galleries, the restaurant holds 75 people with both indoor and outdoor seating. The original location, opened in 1975, closed yesterday.

Kua Aina's Honolulu store is on Auahi Street across from Ward Centre. The company also has 11 eateries in Japan and opened its first mainland U.S. store in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2001. It plans a second site in West Hollywood by this summer.


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On the Board

>> Dee Dee Letts, First Judicial Circuit special projects coordinator, is president of the Mediation Center of the Pacific for 2004. Other officers are Vice President Ruth Tschumy, educational consultant; Treasurer Roberta Lee Driscoll, financial planner; and Secretary Bruce McEwan, Young Brothers vice president of administration.


>> Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Vice President of Human Resources Dan Buron and Vice President of Retail and Operations Roy Hung were selected by Goodwill Industries International as consultants in their respective fields. They will provide advice to other member Goodwill organizations while maintaining their Hawaii responsibilities.

>> The Hawaii State Bar Association has presented the following awards: David J. Reber and James K. Mee, 2003 Kie Kie Award; City Prosecutor Peter B. Carlisle, Golden Gavel Award; Senior United States District Court Judge Samuel P. King, HSBA President's Award; attorney Steven Chow, Justice Award; Mari McCaig, Liberty Award; and second-year University of Hawaii student Summer Kupau, Best Law Student Paper Award.


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