A&B AND STUDENTS
Alexander & Baldwin has awarded scholarships to four Maui students as part of their scholarship program for employee dependents. The scholarship is offered throughout the state and on the Mainland. A total of eight aspiring college students received awards between $2,500 to $4,000.
“A&B’s scholarship program was first established in 1971,” said Linda M. Howe, Vice President, Alexander & Baldwin Foundation. “The application information and criteria is provided to A&B employees only, however, because the program is not open to the general public. There were eight students in total who received awards this year, and each is renewable up to three years. The most exciting element was: the uniformly delighted reactions of the proud and happy parents!”
This year’s scholarship recipients include four children of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) employees: Olivia Borge, Liane Nakamae, Justin Shortell and Carlin Ventura. These four students were among the eight selected company-wide to receive scholarships this academic year, to support their undergraduate or graduate education.
Olivia Borge is the daughter of Brady Borge, general mechanical specialist at HC&S. A recent graduate of Kamehameha Schools-Maui, Olivia will attend Stanford University. In high school, she was involved in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and will pursue a career in health services and related sciences.
Liane Nakamae is the daughter of Peter Nakamae, general superintendent of management information systems at HC&S. A graduate of H.P. Baldwin High School, Liane earned her bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in Oregon. She will be attending the university’s physical therapy school in the fall and plans to return to Maui with a graduate degree to work as an inpatient physical therapist.
Justin Shortell is the son of Vicki Shortell, applications systems specialist at HC&S. A recent King Kekaulike High School graduate, Justin will begin his first year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this fall. He is pursuing a career in the pharmacology industry and hopes to eventually return to Maui.
Carlin Ventura is the son of Donna Ventura, human resources assistant at HC&S. A graduate of King Kekaulike High School and the University of Portland in Oregon, Carlin will continue his education at Pacific University’s Pharmacy program in the fall.
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MAUI FIRE DEPT. PROMOTIONS
It’s promotion season at the Maui Fire Department. Vacancies are not an everyday event, according to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Shimada. “They only happen upon retirements and building new stations,” he said.
Firefighter (and Lahainaluna grad) Roger Agdeppa is being promoted to captain at a station on Molokai. He has been with the department for 18 years and was previously assigned to the Lahaina station. He is also the department’s Program Director/Instructor for Fire Ground Survival and RIT (Rapid Intervention Team).
Jim Knutson has been promoted from FF2 to FF3. Knutson has been with department for 11 years and was previously assigned to the Paia and Kahului stations as a FF2 for the past six years. Knutson will be stationed at Hoolehua Fire Station on Molokai.
The following firefighters have been promoted to FF2: Danny Laferriere, Kaleo Kealoha, Ray Watanabe, Richard “Alika” Apana and Modesto Jacinto, Jr.
Shimada said the department has doubled in size since he was appointed to the job in May 1989. “There was a need; it’s based on population growth,” he said.
Maui Fire Department is currently 300 strong. There are two females on the team, one at the Wailea Station and one is a fire inspector.
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WESTIN KAANAPALI OCEAN RESORT VILLAS GETS NEW GM
Angela Nolan is stepping into the position of general manager for the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui after Gregg Lundberg vacates the position to take the general manager opening at Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Craig Anderson, Former GM of the Westin Maui, will move on to general manager of Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort on Oahu.
“Angela’s passion for hospitality has proved effective in her impressive work with senior-level management at both local and mainland properties,” said Keith Vieira, senior vice president and director of operations for Starwood in Hawaii and French Polynesia. “We’re excited to see this passion thrive even more in her new role.”
Since April 2010, Nolan has served as hotel manager for The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and played an instrumental role in the resort’s inclusion as an AAA-approved, Four Diamond resort in 2011 and 2012. This recognition was a first for the resort and also ensured its ranking in the Top Ten listing of Lahaina hotels in TripAdvisor in 2011.
“As the hotel manager at this resort for he last 16 months, the transition into general manager was a natural one,” Nolan said. “I am honored to take on this position and continue the incredible foundation of success that my predecessor Gregg Lundberg built over the last eight years.”