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The Pavel’s $10M Gift Invests in Premier UH Expertise in Ocean, Earth and Sky

The Pavel’s $10M Gift Invests in Premier UH Expertise in Ocean, Earth and Sky

When Victor and Margaret (Peggy) Pavel designated the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as the primary beneficiary of their estate, they wanted to keep their identity private and preferred no personal publicity for what would turn out to be the largest estate gift to UH in UH history. Fortunately, they gave us permission to posthumously acknowledge them, and let Hawai‘i know who provided the transformative $10 million estate gift that will support UH programs and students statewide.  In addition to who, the Pavel’s more importantly wanted to share with Hawai‘i “why.”  The Pavel’s believed deeply in the value of science education and nature preservation. They felt that UH, with its internationally recognized expertise in these areas, was an excellent investment.

Star of Honolulu Offers Easter Cruise Special for Kama‘aina

Celebrate Easter aboard the Star of Honolulu—- it’s perfect for the whole family! Enjoy an egg hunt and prize giveaways for kids, Hawaiian cultural activities and buffet with roast beef and “champagne!”

The Star of Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest, award-winning 1,500-person tour vessel with 3 types of stabilizers for smooth sailing in Hawaiian waters. It is Hawaii’s only A.D.A. compliant ship featuring 4 spacious decks and 6 dining rooms for the best views and most choices.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 20, 2014
12:00PM and 2:00PM

Adult $52.65 (with valid Hawaii I.D.; tax included)
Child $31.59 (with valid Hawaii I.D.; tax included) 

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

Giving Increased by More Than $28,000 Compared With 2012

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $400,000 in 2013 to 75 local nonprofit organizations, compared to $372,000 in Foundation donations for 2012.

The 2013 beneficiaries included the University of Hawaii Foundation (including for the 55 by ’25 Campaign that aims to have 55% of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year degree by the year 2025), the Hawaii Community Foundation, Enterprise Honolulu, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Teach for America, American Red Cross and Aloha United Way.

“We congratulate our many local nonprofits for continuing to strive for a better and stronger Hawaii, and are happy to do our part as a local company,” said FICOH CEO Allen Uyeda. “We look forward to helping more organizations carry out their missions in 2014.”

Servco Automotive Acquires Island Subaru on Maui

Servco Automotive Acquires Island Subaru on Maui

HONOLULU – Servco Automotive (Servco) today announced it has acquired the assets of Maui’s Island Subaru dealership in Kahului.  Servco purchased the dealership from Kitagawa Motors. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. 


Island Subaru will operate as Servco Subaru on Maui at its existing location.  In 2013, the Maui Subaru dealership sold 207 vehicles. Servco Automotive now owns three Subaru dealerships in the state – two on Oahu and one on Maui.


“2013 was an amazing year of growth for Subaru both nationally and across the state and we’re excited to bring Servco’s commitment to great customer service to the Maui Subaru ‘ohana in 2014,” said Rick Ching, President, Servco Automotive.


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Bishop Street Commercial (BSC), a leading Hawaii commercial real estate leasing and sales organization, announced the addition of David Peacock as managing director/asset services. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the property management group and assisting and supporting the continued growth of the leasing and brokerage business.

Peacock brings a 30-year career in commercial real estate focused on property management and leasing of a large portfolio of commercial properties including class A and B office, medical, R & D, industrial and retail properties throughout southern California and Las Vegas.

Peacock is a graduate of California State University at Northridge and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM), a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a LEED AP. He holds a Hawaii real estate license and a California real estate broker’s license.

Bennet Group Strategic Communications Promotes Wo

Bennet Group Strategic Communications, Hawaii’s third largest public relations firm by revenue, announced today that it has promoted Emma Wo from account executive to senior account executive.

“Emma consistently delivers solid results, helping our clients to achieve their goals,” said Joan Bennet, president of Bennet Group. “We look forward to Emma’s continued growth within our firm, and have no doubt that she will flourish in this new position.”

Emma Wo represents clients in the areas of development, real estate, tourism and hospitality, supporting clients such as Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Prudential Locations and Pacific Links Hawaii. Previously, Wo worked as an intern at a local news station where she assisted in writing stories for live broadcast. She has also assisted at a national fashion and lifestyle magazine in the editorial department. A graduate of Scripps College, Wo earned her bachelor’s degree in media studies with a minor in English literature.

Architects Hawaii Ltd. names Marshall to lead healthcare team

Architects Hawaii Ltd.  names Marshall to lead healthcare team

Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL) announced today that Gary W. Marshall, AIA, has rejoined the firm and has been named director of the healthcare architecture team.

Mr. Marshall has significant experience in healthcare architecture and has worked on many large, complex projects—in Hawaii, on the mainland, and in Europe. During his previous tenure with Architects Hawaii from 1979-1985, his projects included the Kaiser Honolulu Clinic, the Queen Emma Tower at The Queens Medical Center, and the Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center.

Other notable projects include the Stanford Outpatient Center, the Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center, the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, the Dixie Regional Medical Center in Utah, the John Muir Walnut Creek Outpatient Center, and the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston. In Europe, his projects included the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in Norfolk, England; and the Southwest Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.