Business / In Brief • Apr. 13, 2013

‘Queen K WiFi’ network up and running

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center has begun offering free Wi-Fi Internet access to its patrons, according to an announcement.

“Maui is mobile,” said Todd Vines, marketing manager for the center. “We’re always creating ways to make the shopping experience more engaging. For us, offering the convenience of free Wi-Fi is a natural evolution.”

Any wireless-enabled laptop or mobile device can access the Internet via the center’s “Queen K WiFi” network. Users of the service will have access to exclusive offers and promotions, the announcement said.


Ex-insurance agent defrauded 2 clients

HONOLULU – A former insurance agent on Oahu has pleaded no contest to charges he defrauded two elderly clients of more than $38,000.

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs said Thursday Scott Akashi allegedly convinced an 88-year-old woman to withdraw $30,000 of her life insurance policy and place it into a separate bank account.

It says Akashi told the woman to write checks to him for what he said would be a better investment.

The department says Akashi sold a $50,000 annuity to a 90-year-old man and convinced him to withdraw more than $5,000 from the annuity to get a better return.

Akashi pleaded no contest to 11 counts of second degree theft.