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City Bank has hired Nancy Fujii as its Lihue branch manager. She will oversee the daily functions of the branch and developing a customer base. She has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. The Lihue branch will be the first City Bank opened on Kauai.

>> Brenda Baroso has joined Atlantis Adventures as sales manager for its Maui submarine tours. She is responsible for promoting the company to Maui visitors through industry suppliers like hotel activity desks, travel agencies, wholesalers, cruise lines and ground transportation operators. She brings nearly 10 years of experience on the Valley Isle, most recently as Hawaii Nature Center marketing coordinator in Wailuku.

>> David E. Vaughan has joined Oceanic Institute as director of aquaculture research and development, a newly created position. He will form strategic alliances and initiate new programs to expand the institute's capabilities in working with and providing assistance to the aquaculture industry. Vaughan, who will work part-time for the first year, previously managed the Shellfish Culture Department of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Ft. Pierce, Fla.

>> Case Properties Inc. has hired Tony McInerny as a realtor associate.


>> Edwin I. Tanaka has been promoted from loan adjuster to compliance manager for Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union. He has been with Hawaii Pacific since 1999 and has more than 29 years of banking experience. Tanaka will be responsible for risk management of delinquencies, and managing the firm's compliance program and security issues. Established in Hawaii in 1941 as Sears Honolulu Federal Credit Union, the Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union specializes in assisting small businesses and their employees who work in the Ala Moana and Kapiolani vicinity.

>>Bank of Hawaii has promoted new officers in its mortgage banking division: Liberty Foster, Michelle Miyasato and Craig Nakashima are residential loan officers at the Kapolei Loan Center; and Tiare Fullerton and Greg Young are residential loan officers at the Downtown Loan Center.


>>Hawaii Flooring Association has appointed Roy Tokuhama president for 2002-04. Other new officers are: vice president and special events chairman Lester Tokuhisa, secretary and Kauai director George Fern, treasurer and Maui director Warren Orikasa. Directors include Dinah Hirayama, Les Kumiji and Norman Shimabukuro. Associate representatives include Jackson Uyeda and Mike Takamoto. Also at the recent meeting, Alii Flooring Inc. received Flooring Contractor of the Year Award for the best quality service, sales and support to the association.

>> Pamela M. McBride and Bill Spellman have joined the board of Kamaaina Kids. McBride is a free-lance writer, career counseling consultant and mother of two Kamaaina Kids. Spellman is the principal of Management & Marketing Systems and former vice president and general manager of KHON Fox 2. Kamaaina Kids is a private, nonprofit providing education and childhood enrichment programs.

>> Pacific Islanders in Communications has named four new directors to its board: Ada's Trust and Investment Inc. President Pedro Perez Ada of Guam; Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association Director and City & County of Honolulu Special Event Planner Peter Kamamo Apo; Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Oswald K. Stender and Outrigger Entertainment Vice President of Sales Taua Uso. The group is a Honolulu-based national media arts organization created to support programming by and about Pacific Islanders for national public television.


>> Maryknoll School Teacher Heide McGivern has won the Hawaii Association of Middle Schools' C.W. Stevens Middle School Educator of the Year Award. McGivern was recognized for her teaching excellence, understanding of early adolescents, outstanding leadership and commitment to middle level education. She has served as Maryknoll's middle school coordinator since 1997 and teaches 7th grade social studies, religion and PE.

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