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Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Monday, January 14, 2002

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>> Cherie Andrade was promoted to director of admissions at Hawaii Pacific University. Previously she held the title of associate director. In this capacity, she will continue to oversee the day to day operations of the office as well as assume responsibility for the overall domestic admissions and recruitment efforts. In addition, Malia Park, assistant director of admissions, was promoted to associate director where she will oversee Hawaii recruitment efforts.


>> Richard W. Gushman II has been named chairman of the Estate of James Campbell. Prior to joining Campbell Estate as a trustee in 2000, Gushman was president and CEO of OKOA Inc.


>> The Hawaii Health Systems Corp. recently presented its annual awards to the following individuals in recognition for their outstanding contributions to the state hospital system: Carlos Canales of Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital was given the Spirit Award of the Year, Gary Lumanian of Hilo Medical Center won the Innovation Award of the Year, Yolanda Nakamura of Hilo Medical Center captured the Community Award of the Year and Howard Ikeda of Maui Memorial Medical Center went home with the President's Excellence Award of the Year.

Gasoline prices inching upward nationwide

CAMARILLO, Calif. >> Gas prices crept up 3 cents in the past three weeks, ending a 15-week price crash that began with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a newly released industry analysis.

Gas prices Friday at about 8,000 gas stations nationwide averaged $1.12 a gallon for self-serve regular, analyst Trilby Lundberg said yesterday.

The weighted price per gallon for all grades and taxes was $1.15, up 3.27 cents from Dec. 21, the date of the last Lundberg Survey.

The weeks to come could see additional moderate, but not extreme, price increases, Lundberg said.

Prices dropped nearly 45 cents a gallon from Sept. 7 -- the last Lundberg Survey before the attacks -- to Dec. 21. Just over a year ago, on Jan. 5, 2001, a gallon of gas cost about 34 cents more than it does now.

Lundberg said she doesn't expect sharp increases in gas prices soon, barring unexpected developments that could threaten the world's oil supply.

Japanese markets closed

Japanese financial markets are closed today for a holiday. They will reopen tomorrow.

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