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Thursday, November 23, 2000

Taking Notice

Grants and Donations

Bullet The American Cancer Society received a $10,000 grant from American Savings Bank to help support the Relay For Life events.

Bullet The American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific Inc. received $5,000 from the J.C. Earle Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation for use in its general research program.

Bullet Sponsors of the Third Annual Hawaii International Choral Festival included many local organizations and businesses:

Donors who gave $10,000 or more included Cooke Foundation Ltd., Hawaii Community Foundation and St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii;

Donors, $5,000-$9,999, included Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts;

Donors, $1,000-$4,999, included Alexander and Baldwin, Atherton Family Founation, The Mark D. Hostetter and Alexander N. Habib Foundation, Jhamandas Watumull Fund, McInerny Hawaii, Hawaiian Rainforest Salon and Spa and Swiss Society of Hawaii;

And donors who gave up to $1,000 included Castle and Cooke Inc., Nagoya College of Music and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu.

Bullet Hale Makua received an $8,500 grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation to help organize a conference on senior care and residential options.

Bullet Winners at Work received $1,000 from the First Hawaiian Foundation to help support its Ke Ala Holomua--School-to-Work Transition Component.

Bullet Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children received $25,000 from Ace Hardware, and $131,000 total from Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.

Bullet The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific raised $155,000 from the AT&T Golf Shamble, $50,000 of which came from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The hospital also received $25,000 from the Longs Drugs Golf Tournament.

Honors earned

Bullet Alvin Chan, Austin Choy and Matthew Sato from Troop 35, chartered by Noelani Elementary School, were named Eagle Scouts.

Chan, 18, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Chan and is a graduate of Mid Pacific Institute. Choy, 18, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Choy and is a graduate of Iolani School. And Sato, 18, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myles Sato and a graduate of St. Louis School.

Bullet Mark Fukunaga was elected to the Pomona College Board of Trustees. Fukunaga is chairman and chief executive officer of Servco Pacific Inc.

Bullet Winners of the Hawaii Business Education Association's keyboarding contest, college division, are: Denise Knight of Leeward Community College, first place; Rachel Kahoiwai of the Employment Training Center, second place; and Vicky Miguel of the Employment Training Center, third place.

In the high school division: Diane Johns of Radford High School, first place; Ricki Bulacan of Kailua High School, second place; and Connilyn Vladriz of Radford High School, third place.

In the intermediate/middle school division (all winners are from Kamehameha Schools): Macoa Jacobsen, first place; Truly Chun, second place; and Titaina Panee, third place.

The overall state winner was Denise Knight.

Bullet Winners of the sixth annual Historic Hawaii Foundation's "Color a Historic Building" contest are: Ashtyn Joseph, Charles Young, Neewan Navarrete, Manny Cagdan, Kaitlin Nugent, Aura Coffman, Eunkyoung Lee, Kira Yamada, Zachary Ramos, Christopher Doughty, Angela Park, Christina Andrade, Matthew Cabral and Ann Marie Osurman.

Bullet Lee Jay Cho of the East-West Center was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Russian Academy of Sciences, Far Eastern Branch, Economic Research Institute for his contribution in the research of problems of economic cooperation in the Northeast Asia.

Bullet Dennis Daniel received the Illumination Design Award from the Hawaii Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Daniel is with Architects Hawaii.

Bullet Veronica Kaneko, field service manager for the Hawaii Region, received McDonald's President's Award.

Bullet Rep. Iris Ikeda Catalani was selected for and graduated from the Flemming Fellows Institute, a leadership program for state elected officials organized by the national Center for Policy Alternatives. She was selected from more than 4,000 legislators across the nation.

On the job

Bullet American Savings Bank named Keith Inafuku assistant vice president and branch manager of its Waikiki Branch. Inafuku comes from the bank's Queen Street-Ward Avenue branch.

Bullet Island Ukulele Co. named Shawn Yacavone sales and events manager. Yacavone was a tour coordinator at Discovery Aloha Travel.

Bullet GE Capital Hawaii named Greg Le Lesch product manager of the GE Capital Consumer Auto Leasing group. Le Lesch was a business development manager/ dealers account manager from Ford Motor Credit Co.

The company also promoted Michael G. Wright from vice president, manager marketing and business development to senior vice president, department manager of Commercial Real Estate Financing; Earl S. Wakamura from vice president, production manager, to senior vice president, senior asset manager/credit officer of Commercial Real Estate Financing; and Garret N. Takata from manager of credit and operations to senior vice president, department manager of Commercial Financing and Leasing.

Bullet PCF Virtual named Steven Brogdon its Web developer. Brogdon was a Web developer for SuperGeeks and instructor for Computer Safari before joining PCF Virtual.

Bullet David Ostler has been named sales manager for American Savings Investment Services Corp., a subsidiary of American Savings Bank. He previously worked as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch's Honolulu office.

Bullet The Pankow Companies promoted Warren Chaiko from group manager for its Honolulu office to vice president of Pankow Special Projects Inc.

Bullet This Week Publications named Mindy Sue Ash Oahu sales director. Prior to joining the company, Ash was an account executive for Network Media.

Bullet Mauna Kea Resort named Aven Wright-McIntosh marketing manager. Wright-McIntosh comes from Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where she was a member of the sales/marketing/public relations team.

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