Names & Faces

Nadia S. Vlahos of Kahului has been recognized by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Publication for her “outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of solar energy,” according to an announcement.

Vlahos has more than 15 years experience in the field of solar energy and is an energy consultant for Friends Solar. It does business on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii. The company provides solar panel system design, installation and maintenance, energy solutions and turn-key solar system installations.

Vlahos is responsible for writing grants and consulting on energy and solar systems.

Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide highlights the professional lives of individuals from every significant field or industry including business, medicine, law, education, art, government and entertainment, the announcement said.


Jeremy L. Wilmes has recently joined the Maui Allstate team as the exclusive financial specialist offering financial, estate, retirement, investment and insurance planning.

He brings more than 15 years of investment and insurance experience and can be reached at any of the Maui Allstate offices. He can be contacted at (808) 205-7536 or see


Cesar Gaxiola, the executive director of the J. Walter Cameron Center, has been selected as the 24th president of the Maui Nonprofit Director’s Association.

His term ends in 2015. He replaces Susie Thieman.

The organization meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Maui Economic Opportunity classroom at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

The organization provides a forum for nonprofit organizations to exchange personal and professional support and to cultivate resources to benefit themselves, their organizations and the Maui community, an announcement said.


Former Lahaina resident Ryan Casco has been appointed manager of in-flight training with Hawaiian Airlines.

The Oahu resident has 17 years of in-flight experience, eight of which includes in-flight training.

Casco joined Hawaiian Airlines in 2006 as a flight attendant and has served as an in-flight regulatory instructor.

He has also worked as a flight attendant for Continental, Northwest and United airlines. He is a 1996 Lahainaluna graduate.


Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Executive Director Lisa Paulson was recently nominated to the Advisory Board Leadership Council for the National Academy Foundation based in New York.

The foundation is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success, an announcement said.

In Paulson’s role as executive director, she supports workforce development for Maui County by serving a co-chairwoman to the Maui County Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. The academy prepares students for post-secondary education and careers.


Wailuku’s Maui DJ Services received a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2014 for deejays, according to an announcement.

The annual awards program recognizes the top 5 percent of WeddingWire wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Winners are determined by reviews from real newlyweds in specific regions.

Scott Doran is the owner of Maui DJ Services. WeddingWire is a wedding website where people can find vendors and reviews.


Jaimie Brown of Windermere Valley Isle Properties has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Brown joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.


Sales associates Bob and Donna Hansen of The Hansen Ohana Real Estate Group of Maui Estates International were awarded the distinction of “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” for 2014.

The Hansens were identified as one of the 140 most successful real estate professionals in the Christie’s International Real Estate network, the world’s leading network of real estate brokerages and the real estate arm of Christie’s auction house, according to an announcement.