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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Forgiveness is liberating

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu is called the social conscience of South Africa. At The Cathedral of Saint Andrew Thursday the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said the world is starving for good news.

"You write about the conflict and all of the awful things. But there are so many good things in the world," he said.

Along with Nelson Mandela, Tutu was a key figure in bringing down segregation that plagued South Africa. He chaired the committee on apartheid crimes. Forgiveness remains one of his favorite topics.

"You can forgive even when the perpetrator doesn't ask for forgiveness. You untie yourself. You free yourself from being the victim," he said.

Tutu, 80, said he's upset racism still exists in America. But he's encouraged by what he has seen.

"And yet, despite all of that, you have been able to produce a black man going into the White House," he said.

HNL TSA boss who claims he was wrongly fired wins settlement, retirement

Glen Kajiyama

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Transportation Security Administration is paying a financial settlement to Glen Kajiyama, the former federal security director in charge of TSA operations at Honolulu International Airport who was one of 36 TSA employees fired in a baggage screening scandal last year.

Kajiyama had appealed his firing as "unfair" and the TSA settled his case just days before a hearing was scheduled to begin last month. 

In June 2011, the TSA fired 36 employees at the airport after an investigation found they failed to properly screen checked baggage for explosives over several months at the end of 2010.  TSA employees assigned to the morning shift in HNL's Lobby 4 allowed unscreened luggage to get onto aircraft, affecting flights by Delta Airlines, Korean Air and other major carriers, sources said. 

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jodi Okada to Director of Internal Operations

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jodi Okada to Director of Internal Operations

Hawaiian Building Maintenance (HBM), Hawaii’s largest facilities services company, has promoted Jim Birchfield to vice president of technical engineering services and Jodi Okada to director of internal operations.

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jim Birchfield and Jodi Okada

Hawaiian Building Maintenance promotes Jim Birchfield and Jodi Okada

Hawaiian Building Maintenance (HBM), Hawaii’s largest facilities services company, has promoted Jim Birchfield to vice president of technical engineering services and Jodi Okada to director of internal operations. “Jim and Jodi are integral members of our team,” said Jim Walters, chief executive officer and president of HBM. “Jim’s extensive experience in engineering, and Jodi’s in-depth knowledge of our maintenance organization, will help HBM continue to move forward with our planned growth.” Birchfield, who joined HBM in 1998 as a building engineer, brings more than 30 years of management, leadership and hands-on engineering experience to the company.

Accuity LLP Managing Partner Elected Chairman of State of Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy

Accuity LLP Managing Partner Elected Chairman of State of Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy

Accuity LLP Managing Partner Kent K. Tsukamoto was elected Chairman of the State of Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy, during the Board’s July meeting. The Board oversees and regulates the more than 2,600 Certified Public Accountants and 400 firms licensed in Hawaii. It is comprised of practicing CPAs as well as public members.

The Board is administered by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and serves the public interest in its oversight of the accounting profession in Hawaii. It promotes and encourages ethical and professional behavior among CPAs and strives to keep the qualification standards rigorous, dynamic and consistent with global business practices. CPAs in Hawaii have stringent requirements for licensure, registration, peer review and continuing professional education.

Finance Factors Hires Jean Savoy as Business Development Manager

Finance Factors Hires Jean Savoy as Business Development Manager

Finance Factors announced today that Jean Savoy has been hired as a business development manager. Savoy will assist borrowers in creating custom mortgage solutions to build, refinance or purchase residential real estate. She will also represent Finance Factors’ line of wholesale portfolio loan products.

“Jean’s commitment to the customer and extensive knowledge in mortgage lending allows her to provide the kind of customized loan solutions that Finance Factors is known for,” said Eric Hodnefield, senior vice president, sales manager of Finance Factors. “We believe Jean’s experience and excellent customer service will make her a valuable addition to the team, and we are excited to see how she will grow in this position.”

Savoy comes to Finance Factors with more than 20 years of experience with originating wholesale and retail residential loans in Hawaii. Prior to joining Finance Factors, she was a mortgage loan officer at Pacific Access Mortgage.

HPD unveils $1.5M Mobile Command Center

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the help of federal funds, the Honolulu Police Department has two new additions to its crime fighting fleet. One of them is critical for communications and the other aims to keep their K9's safe.

HPD's new mobile command vehicle is 65-feet long and costs just over $1.5 million. It's equipped with the latest communications technology.

"This will allow us to respond to not just man-made but also natural disasters in a unified fashion," said Chief Louis Kealoha of the Honolulu Police Department. "We have to keep up with technological advances. This is the top of the line command truck, we can put federal, city, and state agencies in here and this allows us to better serve the community during man-made or natural disasters."