Business briefs


POSTED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Maryl firms take new leadership

Maryl Group Inc. has promoted Mark Kong to president of Maryl Pacific Construction Inc. and Maryl Construction Inc. and to senior vice president of Maryl Group Inc.



“;We are confident that as president of MPC and MC, Mark will be able to guide us out of this difficult economic time,”; said Maryl Group President Mark Richards.

Kong will be responsible for overall management of both companies, including pre-construction, operations, the cost department and safety management. He started with Maryl 10 years ago as director of human resources and safety officer, and has served as vice president of administration for four years.


Airlines enter cooperative agreement

Continental Airlines, based in Houston, and All Nippon Airways Co. of Japan have announced a codesharing agreement on routes between the U.S. and Japan effective March 28.

It is Continental's first codesharing program with a Japanese airline and will provide daily service between Honolulu and Narita Airport in Tokyo as well as between Tokyo/Narita and U.S. West Coast gateway cities.

Japan-bound travelers aboard Continental will be able to access ANA's connecting flights to Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa.


ML Macadamia posts earnings

ML Macadamia Orchards, the state's largest producer of macadamia nuts, saw a fourth-quarter net income of $96,000, an improvement from a loss a year earlier.

The Hilo-based company's net gain came on revenues of $6.7 million, compared with a net loss of $156,000 on revenues of $6.5 million for 2008's fourth quarter.

The year ended with a net income of $195,000, compared with $68,000 in 2008 when the company received $898,000 in crop insurance claims.

The latest improvements came from higher kernel recovery, higher nut prices, lower cost of nut sales and a settlement with Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co.

Hamakua paid $330,000 to ML Macadamia for alleged breach of contract regarding its nut-purchase agreement. That money offset lower crop insurance recovery related to the 2008-09 harvest.

“;In general, macadamia nut prices are favorable due to lower global supply, primarily from Australia and South Africa,”; ML Macadamia said in announcing its earnings.


LEED accredits Bowers + Kubota team

Ten employees of Bowers + Kubota Consulting have won Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is seen as a benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance “;green”; buildings.

Eric Iwamoto, Myong Choi, Garrett Muraoka, Joseph Inciong, Aaron Ackerman, Benn Torigoe, Van Johnson, Steven Lee, Tina Watanabe and Brian Godfrey have all been certified as LEED accredited professionals, the company announced.



Aqua Hotels & Resorts has announced the following:

» Terry Dowsett as general manager of Ilikai Hotel and Suites. His experience includes assisting with the re-opening of Aqua Palms & Spa, general manager of Hotel Renew, general manager of Park Shore Waikiki and director of operations at Classic Resorts, as well as general manager positions with Embassy Vacation Resorts in Kaanapali and Outrigger Prince Kuhio.

» Markus Schale as general manager at Hotel Wailea Maui. His experience includes serving as president and chief executive officer of Horizon & Co.

;  » Timothy Clark as hotel manager at Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa. He has more than 20 years experience with Kyoya Co. and Starwood Hotels Hawaii and held management positions at Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Moana Surfrider and Princess Kaiulani.

RevoluSun has hired Brooks Bowman as project developer. He has more than 10 years of sales experience as well as being the owner of Hawaii Discount Mortgage.