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[Hawaii Inc.]


>> Pacific LightNet Inc. has named Pat Bustamante president. His plans for the telecommunications service provider include deploying new services, including a new dial-up modem technology. Bustamante most recently was Time Warner Telecom's vice president and general manager in Albuquerque, N.M.

>>SystemMetrics has hired Steve Davis as chief operations officer. He has spent the last seven years in the Asia-Pacific region as vice president of technology and chief technology officer for Exodus Communications in Tokyo, among other jobs. SystemMetrics is a Honolulu-based Internet company offering Web hosting and data storage services, among others.

>> The Cades Schutte law firm has hired four new attorneys. Chris Kempner and Sheree Nitta are associates in the finance and real estate department. Allison Mizuo is an associate in the tax and litigation departments. And Joshua Wisch is an associate in the litigation department.

>> Hawaii Coffee Co. has hired Carter Kamana as director of foodservice sales for Lion and Royal Kona Coffee brands. Kamana will be responsible for growing and maintaining the foodservice business in Hawaii and will manage a team of foodservice account executives.

>> Vivienne Gan has been named director of communications at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental. She will be responsible for all public relations activities including media relations, community issues and promotional strategies for the property. Gan most recently served as public relations director for a luxury hotel in Singapore.


>> Bank of Hawaii has promoted the following officers to senior vice president: Vincent E. Barfield, Hawaii commercial group; George E. Cramer, corporate security; Noreen T. Gouveia, special assets; and Ham Homan, Ala Moana Commercial Banking Center. Barfield is responsible for sales development, administration and training as commercial group development and sales manager. Cramer continues to oversee all security programs at Bank of Hawaii. Gouveia manages a group of officers who work with business borrowers that are currently experiencing operating environment challenges. Homan continues to oversee mid-sized business banking products sales and services.

>> Nishihama & Kishida CPAs Inc. has promoted Blake Isobe to audit supervisor from audit senior. His areas of practice include accounting, auditing and business consulting. Isobe joined the firm in 1999 and received his CPA designation in 2002. Dori Ann Kawai and Odessa Dayondon have been promoted to audit senior from staff accountant. Both Kawai and Dayondon specialize in accounting and auditing; and both joined the firm in 2000. Locally owned Nishihama & Kishida provides management consulting, tax planning and preparation, accounting and auditing, and bookkeeping services to clients throughout the state.


>> The Hawaii Business Roundtable has elected Mitch D'Olier president for 2003-04. He is president and chief executive officer of Kaneohe Ranch Co. and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. Other new officers are: Faye Watanabe Kurren, president of the Tesoro Hawaii Corp., vice chairwoman; and Donald G. Horner, president and chief operating officer of First Hawaiian Bank, treasurer. Executive committee members are: David Carey, president and chief executive officer of Outrigger Enterprises Inc.; Robert F. Clarke, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.; Roger Drue, chairman and chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Health; Michael E. O'Neil, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacific Century Financial Corp. and Bank of Hawaii; Harry Saunders, executive vice president of Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc.; and Nonie Toledo, regional vice president of Sprint Hawaii. New members are: Stephen H. MacMillan, chief executive officer of the Estate of James Campbell; Lawrence O'Brien, chief executive officer of Kapiolani Medical Center; T. Michael May, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Co.; and Constance Lau, president and chief executive officer of American Savings Bank. The Hawaii Business Roundtable is a local nonprofit organization whose members include leaders in Hawaii's business community.

>> Pacific Gateway Center Economic Development Coordinator Dean Masuno is Hawaii Community Services Council's new chair for 2003. Other officers are: Vice Chair Dolores Flores, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Secretary Linda Colburn, consultant; and Treasurer Judith Perry, Merrill Lynch & Co. New directors are: Rev. Frank Chong; Paul Costello, University of Hawaii; Jerry Rauckhorst, Catholic Charities; and Kelly Walsh, Bank of Hawaii. The Hawaii Community Services Council works with public, private and nonprofit organizations to improve systems for planning, delivering and managing community resources.


>> Sheilah Anderson and Shirley Higashihara have won the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Jean Butler Chapin Award for Support, Education and Advocacy. They were honored for work with the Diamond Head Mental Health Center's Life Skills Program.

>> Colliers Monroe Friedlander Management Inc. Vice President Bobbie Lau has been awarded the certified property management designation by the Institute of Real Estate Management. She is has been with Colliers since 1992 and is property manager of 1132 Bishop Street. Lau has more than 16 years of commercial property management experience.

>> Miguel Vazquez was named the Ruby's Diner Maui Employee of the Year for 2002. He has been a cook with the Queen Kaahumanu Center location since it opened in February and has been with the company for four years. He began his career with Ruby's in the Mission Viejo, Calif., location. Vazquez was selected for the honor by his fellow crew members.

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