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BIA seeks building awards entries

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii is accepting entries for the annual Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards, which recognizes the work of contractors, developers, architects and designers.

Awards will be given in the following categories: details, residential and commercial remodeling, new residential and commercial construction, kitchen and bath, historical and landscaping. An award also will be given for entrants who use the most environmentally sustainable building methods, a new category.

American Savings Bank is the presenting sponsor. Projects entered in prior years are not eligible. Work is judged by various criteria ranging from aesthetics to cost-effectiveness. Awards will be presented at a banquet on July 30 at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel.

Entry fees range from $325 to $895, depending on the category and whether contestants are members of BIA-Hawaii or other industry organizations. The deadline for entry forms and fees is April 28.

Daiei shares increase on positive report

Shares of Daiei Inc., Japan's third-biggest retailer, gained after the Nihon Keizai newspaper said the company's parent-only pretax profit probably rose 14 percent in the fiscal year that ended Feb. 29.

Daiei shares rose as much as 7 percent to 459 yen in Tokyo after the Nihon Keizai said the company's pretax profit may rise to $156 million in the fiscal year, meeting the target in its rehabilitation plan.

The company's market value has more than doubled this year, rising to its highest since September 2001 on optimism a recovery in consumer spending will boost earnings and help the retailer pay back creditors.


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>> Diane Chang has been named Pacific Media Publishing editor of publications. She will oversee the publications Ka Nupepa, West Oahu Current and Leeward Current, Agriculture Hawaii and Hawaii Landscape and various other directories and special projects. She is a former Honolulu Star-Bulletin senior editor, columnist and editorial page editor.

>> Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa has appointed Claudia Wattenberg to Spa Moana and Moana Athletic Club director. She oversees all facility operations and supervises a staff of 50 massage therapists and salon and fitness personnel. She has 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry.


>> Russ Elwell has been promoted to KITV-4 local sales manager. He was previously sales and marketing manager and directed all station Web marketing. Erin Adaniya has also joined the station as senior account executive. She previously worked as an advertising senior broadcast buyer for Target Enterprises and OMD in Los Angeles.


>> Clint and Suzy Churchill will receive the "Service Above Self" award from the Rotary Club of Windward Oahu at a banquet. The award is given annually to a nonRotarian Windward Oahu resident whose volunteerism has improved the community's quality of life.


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