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HSO Brings Disney Magic To Honolulu

HSO Brings Disney Magic To Honolulu

Disney musicals to be performed with high-definition video

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will perform “Disney in Concert – Magical Music From the Movies,” featuring video from iconic films including The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and many more, on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Guest conductor Ann Krinitsky will lead the HSO and four noted guest vocalists in live performances of these Disney favorites. The vocal soloists are Juliana Hansen, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Johnson and Aaron Phillips, whose accolades have been earned on Broadway tours including Mama Mia and Les Miserables, video game voice-overs in World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings, and TV appearances on The X Factor and Modern Family, to name a few.

Servco Announces Thor Toma Promotion to Senior Vice President

Servco Announces Thor Toma Promotion to Senior Vice President

HONOLULU – Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) today announced that it has promoted Thor Toma to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Projects and New Initiatives.

In this new position, Toma will be involved in Servco’s strategic initiatives to support both current and prospective operations.  A member of Team Servco since 1990, he most recently served as Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning for Servco’s automotive operations.

Toma holds a Bachelor and Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a resident of West Oahu.

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iQ 360 Hires Shauna Goya as Public Relations Director

iQ 360 Hires Shauna Goya as Public Relations Director

iQ 360 Inc. has hired Shauna Goya as a director to join the Honolulu office of the public relations and marketing firm. Goya specializes in corporate communications, issues management, media relations and social media. She previously served as a director at Communications Pacific and prior to that as a copy editor at The Honolulu Advertiser.

“Shauna brings with her nearly 15 years of PR and journalism experience and adds an important skill set to our diverse team of professionals we have across the country,” said Lori Teranishi, principal of iQ 360, which also has offices in San Francisco and New York. “It’s an exciting time for our company. As our Honolulu office continues to expand, we look forward to Shauna providing strategic counsel to our current and future clients.”

Island Insurance Board of Directors Appoints John Schapperle, Chief Executive Officer

Island Insurance Board of Directors Appoints John Schapperle, Chief Executive Officer

Island Insurance, Hawaii’s largest locally owned property & casualty insurance carrier, has appointed John Schapperle as Chief Executive Officer.  Schapperle will continue his current responsibilities as President.  He succeeds Colbert Matsumoto who will remain as Executive Chairman of the Board.

“As President, John has guided Island to many accomplishments that have resulted in being recognized not only in Hawaii, but on a national stage as well,” said Colbert M. Matsumoto, Executive Chairman of the Board of Island Insurance. “We are confident he will continue to build on that success in his expanded role as Chief Executive Officer.”

“I am honored by the confidence Colbert and the Board has placed in me.  Island has a long and successful history and an enduring commitment to the people and communities in Hawaii,” said John Schapperle, President and CEO of Island Insurance. “I am excited to lead the company into its next chapter of success.”

Holiday Events at The Kahala Hotel & Resort Include Hawaiian Music Concert, New Year's Eve Fireworks

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is proud to kick off the 5th annual Mele Mei celebration of Hawaii music, dance and culture with a special holiday preview concert on December 28 from 5 to 10 p.m. The dinner show will feature multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning artists Maunalua, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and Natalie Ai Kamau‘u. Tickets are $70 and can be reserved by calling (808) 739-8760.

Following the concert at The Kahala, Mele Mei month kicks off in May with a host of events and performances by Hanohano Award-winning artists and Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. From ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to slack key, island reggae to rock and everything in between, Mele Mei will be a premier event for national and international participants and visitors. Other events will include Creative Lab workshops with the Hawaii International Film Festival and the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

Median Sales Price of Luxury Homes on Oahu Up Nearly 10 Percent During November 2014

Median Sales Price of Luxury Homes on Oahu Up Nearly 10 Percent During November 2014

HONOLULU – The median sales price of luxury homes and condominiums on Oahu was nine percent higher in November 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP), Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for more than $1 million during November 2014 on Oahu.

A total of 67 luxury homes changed hands in November, down slightly from 70 in November 2013. However, the median sales price for the luxury range was $1,495,000 compared to $1,371,250 in 2013, an increase of nine percent.

Kahala Hotel & Resort Acquisition to Serve as Springboard for Resorttrust Global Expansion

Kahala Hotel & Resort Acquisition to Serve as Springboard for Resorttrust Global Expansion

Resorttrust, the operator of 44 luxury resorts throughout Japan that acquired The Kahala Hotel & Resort for $290 million on Oct. 14, announced on Dec. 16 that the purchase marks the first step in the company’s global expansion. Resorttrust expects The Kahala Hotel & Resort to serve as its flagship international property as it forges ahead with plans to extend its portfolio of upscale overseas properties across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a top-rated luxury hotel that regularly hosts U.S. presidents, world leaders and celebrities. Located on the east side of Oahu, just a 10-minute drive from Waikiki, The Kahala Hotel & Resort features 338 elegantly appointed guest rooms and luxurious suites. With its idyllic oceanfront location, The Kahala is internationally known for its award-winning Hoku’s restaurant, The Kahala Spa and the acclaimed Dolphin Lagoon, where guests can swim side by side with dolphins.