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A&B flips Big Island shopping center
Alexander & Baldwin Inc.
sold the Lanihau Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island yesterday, along with the leasehold and fee options for an adjacent 22.4-acre parcel.
The buyers are affiliates and partners of Westwood Development Group, a Michigan-based private retail investment and development firm. The parties did not disclose the price.
A&B bought the center, as well as the leasehold/fee options on the vacant parcel, in 2005, and received several unsolicited offers to buy it.
The Lanihau Shopping Center has 88,200 square feet of retail space on a 9.7-acre fee-simple parcel at 75-5595 Palani Road. It is anchored by Safeway and Longs Drugs. The separate 22.4-acre parcel is zoned commercial.
Ilikai workers ratify new contract
Unionized workers at the Ilikai hotel in Waikiki have voted to ratify a four-year contract similar to other union agreements reached with the local Hilton, Hyatt and Sheraton hotels.
Hotel workers union Local 5 still needs to negotiate new contracts with the Kahala and Ala Moana hotels. Workers at the Waikiki Beach Marriott will hold a ratification vote this Friday.
Water park breaks ground on golf
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park broke ground yesterday on Island Adventure Golf, a $1 million project that is expected to offer a modern, 18-hole miniature adventure golf course.
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park has contracted with Cost of Wisconsin Inc. to design the adventure golf facility, which is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend next year.
» Certified Management Inc.
has named Al Denys
senior vice president of training. He was previously managing seven community associations and has 29 years of personnel and property management experience in both private and federal sectors.
» Island Insurance Co. has hired Shira Aspesi as operations manager in the administrative services division. She will be responsible for office services. She previously served as business operations manager for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in San Diego and has over 10 years of operation management experience.
» Mauna Lani Resort has named Ross Birch as director of golf sales. He will be responsible for generating new business opportunities for the resort's golf courses. He previously served as head golf professional at the Waikoloa Beach Resort's Kings' Golf Club. Birch is a PGA golf professional.
» Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa has hired Dale Stetson as general manager. He is responsible for ensuring the opening and day-to-day operation of the property. He previously served as director of Trendwest/Worldmark's northern region resort operations and has 28 years of experience in the hospitality field. Lester Shim has been hired as assistant general manager. He will oversee all daily functions of the resort for apartment owners and the Outrigger rental program. He previously served as operations project manager for Outrigger's Beach Walk redevelopment project and has held various positions in the company since 1982.
>> Edward Jones has named Mark Tagawa to head the firm's office at 625 Kapahulu. He replaces Pet Newhouse, who is temporarily serving as branch office administrator. Tagawa is transferring from the firm's Hawaii Kai office.
» HarrisAgency has hired John Donch as executive creative director. He replaces Stephen Goss. Donch will oversee the firm's creative and production department. Elisha-John McIntyre has been named art director. Dylan Nugent has been hired as head of public relations services. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Brentwood magazine in Los Angeles.
» Mission Houses Museum has hired David J. de la Torre as executive director. He will work with the museum's board of trustees, staff and volunteers with re-invigorating the institution as a vital resource for interpreting history and the humanities. He has 30 years experience in the museum profession, serving as the director of the state's Art in Public Places program.