Business Briefs


POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Former isle sugar executive dies

Robert Harrison Hughes, who held executive positions at Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. and C. Brewer & Co., died Oct. 2 at his home in Honolulu. He was 91.

Puunene, Maui-born Hughes also formerly served as the president of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association. He is survived by his wife, Judith Hughes of Honolulu; son Robert Lawrence Hughes of Reno, Nevada; daughters Linton Alice Breen and Carole Nadine Trefts of Spokane, Wash.; as well as two step-daughters, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


Kihei Plaza renovations near end

MW Group Ltd. said yesterday it has completed a $250,000 renovation to the Kihei Plaza commercial property space and plans an additional $285,000 investment this fall.

Last month, a 6-foot-by-10-foot mosaic was installed. Phase one of the building was completed in late 2007, and included ceramic tile floors, lobby and hallways. The exterior of the 33,002-square-foot building was repainted, and the 83-space parking lot was also repaved.

Before the end of this year, MW will start a nearly $300,000 air conditioning upgrade to the building.


Honolulu business price triples

The median asking price for a Honolulu business jumped 197.7 percent in the third quarter, according to data released yesterday by

The Web site, which lists businesses for sale, said the median asking price rose to $446,500 from $150,000 in the year-ago quarter. These businesses reported median revenue of $852,433 and median cash flow of $150,556. The data is based on 28 Honolulu businesses listed on the site.



PROBE OVER: Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the chipmaker struggling to take on Intel Corp., said yesterday that the U.S. Justice Department closed its investigation of pricing and marketing practices at its graphics-processor unit.

PROPOSAL TRASHED: Waste Management Inc., the nation's largest garbage hauler, is withdrawing its $6.73 billion proposal to acquire smaller rival Republic Services, saying the move wouldn't be prudent given current financial market turmoil. 

[ Taking Notice ]

Promotions / New hires

» Suntech Hawaii has hired Kevin Washington as controller. His 15 years of accounting experience include controller for Akamai Homes, Hardware Hawaii and Ingersoll Rand, and a financial analyst at Ford Motor Co. He also teaches accounting courses at Kapiolani Community College.

» Sub-Zero/Wolf vice president of sales Kurt Hargens has returned to Hawaii from Calif. to concentrate on developing local accounts. He is a 12 year veteran of Riggs Distributing, an exclusive distributor of Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances in Northern California, Western Nevada and Hawaii. He has also served as an assistant hotel manager at Kahala Mandarin for six years.


Board Elections

» The American Payroll Association Hawaii chapter has elected its officers for 2008-2009: Jason Daley, president; Leila Kagawa, vice president; Shari Fujisaki, secretary; and Vicki Walden, treasurer.

» The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association has elected its board of directors for 2008-2009: Officers are Chip Bahouth, chairman; Gregg Nelson, vice chair; Sharon Suzuki, treasurer; and Carol Reimann, secretary. Directors include Nane Aluli, Craig Anderson, Matt Bailey, Nancy Chaplick, Mike Jokovich, Chris Luedi, Jim Shefte, Murray Towill and Mike White.