Ecological firm opens office on Maui

H.T. Harvey & Associates, an ecological consulting firm, is expanding its operations in Hawaii.

The company recently hired senior ecologist Gregory Spencer to open a field office on Maui that will provide project planning, permitting, field studies, renewable energy project development, and monitoring and consulting services.

Spencer is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s marine science program. He has more than 15 years of experience in wildlife research and management and previously worked as a senior wildlife biologist for First Wind Energy on Maui and as a researcher and wildlife biologist on projects in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Antarctica.

Paul J. Conry, a former administrator of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife, has been hired as a senior associate ecologist to open and manage an office on Oahu.

The company’s roles include assisting private land-owners and government agencies in the planning and implementation of wind energy and wetland restoration projects and conducting research on threatened and endangered birds, a news release said.

NEW CLIENTS. NMG/ Nella Media Group is expanding its publishing reach and will soon begin publishing the inflight magazine for Island Air and in March, the onboard magazine for Polynesian Adventure Tours/Gray Line Hawaii.

The company also welcomes three new hotel partners to its custom hotel book and digital program, ROOM+SERVICE, which launched last year.

They are: The Modern Honolulu, the Classic Resorts of Kaanapali Alii and Mauna Lani Point.

The books also will be in the 11 properties of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii next year.

NO WATER SPOTS. A new Maui company has been established to help remove built-up water spots from glass using a “fast, eco-friendly” process, a news release said.

Vikky Fugitt and Ray Garza have opened 20/20 Glass Restoration Inc., which can clean water spots from items, including shower glass and chrome fixtures, mirrors, windows, polished granite countertops/tile, auto glass and side mirrors, and auto chrome packages/wheels.

The process does not use acid.

For more information, see or call 268-7104.

ASIAN SPECIALTY. Bruce McDonald of Wailea Realty Corp. has recently formed ShangHawaii Realty LLC, a company that will specialize in assisting Asian buyers looking to purchase residential and commercial properties in Hawaii.

The company will operate under the umbrella of Wailea Realty Corp., a Maui-based company that has amassed more than $1 billion in sales, a news release said.

McDonald recently returned from his third trip to Shanghai, where he met with potential partners and buyers interested in Hawaii’s real estate market.

ShangHawaii Realty LLC is set to launch a major marketing campaign in Shanghai and other regions with the anticipation of sales generation by mid-2014, a news release said.