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Some 600 Hawaii businesswomen — and men — packed The Royal Hawaiian hotel’s Monarch Room Thursday night for PBN’s annual Women Who Mean Business event, where Mariah Brown of Da Kitchen Restaurants was named Businesswoman of the Year, for-profit, and Patti Bates of Child and Family Service was named Businesswoman of the Year, nonprofi t. A total of 45 women were honored in the for-profit, nonprofit and Women to Watch categories, along with Aloha Air Cargo and the rest of the top 25 women-owned…
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Michelle Patterson, president and CEO of California-based Women Network,  a global platform that provides resources, tools and advice for businesswomen, emphasizes the importance of mentoring for women, who hold fewer than 10 percent of the top leadership roles in business across the U.S. That was among topics discussed with Patterson, also president of The California Women’s Conference — the  longest-running annual women’s event in the U.S. that started three decades ago — during an exclusive…
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Several resorts on the east side of Kauai, which is also known as the Coconut Coast, are investing about $10 million this year on room and building upgrades, following last year’s completion of $20 million in resort and golf court improvements in the area. The most significant investment, $8 million, is at the Kauai Sands Hotel, an oceanfront property, which will result in a complete upgrade of all rooms with new furnishings, fixtures, decor and bedding. Complete re-landscaping and a new restaurant…
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Mariah Brown, owner of Da Kitchen Restaurants on Maui, spoke about the keys to success for getting into the risky restaurant industry while  accepting her award as Businesswoman of the Year in the for-profit category at the 16th annual Women Who Mean Business event Thursday evening at The Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. Brown was among 21 women — including the co-owners of one business — honored in the for-profit category during the event that drew some 600 attendees to the iconic hotel's…
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A trio of Hawaii firms, including Architects Hawaii Ltd., FOPCO Inc., Mason Architects and NAVFAC Hawaii recently converted a historic Pearl Harbor building on Ford Island that was recently featured in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” to become LEED Silver certified and earning a 2014 Preservation Honor Award. The firms adapted the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance — Building 76’s space to meet its new tenants’ office needs while preserving and rehabilitating…
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Patti Bates, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Child and Family Service, spoke about the importance of accountability for nonprofits while  accepting her award as Businesswoman of the Year in the nonprofit category at PBN's 16th annual Women Who Mean Business event held Thursday evening at The Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. Bates was among the seven women selected as finalists for the nonprofit category who were recognized during the event that drew some 600 attendees in…
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A California developer’s plan to build a second condominium-hotel tower in Waikiki that would be next door to its Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, project currently under construction on Kuhio Avenue, is currently being reviewed by the City and County of Honolulu with a public hearing scheduled for June 6. Pacrep LLC is aiming to get a Special District Permit for the construction of its 39-story, 350-foot condo-hotel, which consists of up to 280 units, including support facilities, resident…
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Former 1st Circuit Judge Michael Wilson has been sworn in to a 10-year term as an associate justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court. Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald administered the oath of office on Thursday at the Hawaii Supreme Court. The ceremony was attended by Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Gregory Markham, president-elect of the Hawaii State Bar Association; Christine Kuriyama, president of the Hawaii State Trial Judges Association; James Bickerton, vice chairman of the Judicial Selection Commission;…
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The Lanai Planning Commission met this week for the first time since the fatal crash in February of a Maui Air charter plane that killed two Maui County planning employees, and voted to defer action on billionaire Larry Ellison's proposed multimillion-dollar water desalination plant. The Maui News reports Ellison's Pulama Lanai has requested a special use permit from the Hawaii Land Use Commission and a phase II district approval for the facility, which is being built near The Challenge at Manele…
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A proposal to increase Hawaii's minimum wage to $10 by 2018 took a turn when House lawmakers meeting in conference committee suggested delaying the increase for businesses with fewer than 100 employees until 2019. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the proposal by House conferees could put pressure on Senate conferrees, who are looking to raise the state's minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, to $10.10 an hour by January 2017. The newspaper reports Sen. Clayton Hee, D-Kaneohe-Kunia, the Senate's…




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