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Flags to fly at half-staff for Rep. Tsuji

U.S. and Hawaii state flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of the late Big Island Rep. Clifton Tsuji at all state offices and agencies, including the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset today and Sunday, the Governor’s Office announced.

“Representative Tsuji was a dedicated public servant who spend the last 12 years passionately and vigorously serving his beloved community of Hilo at the Hawaii state Legislature,” Gov. David Ige said.

Tsuji had served in the House since 2004. He was a vocal supporter of biotechnology and genetically modified crops and a proponent of geothermal energy as an alternative to imported oil, according to the Governor’s Office.

Tsuji, 75, died Nov. 15 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu after suffering a heart attack.

He is survived by two sons — Ashley Allen and Ryan Kalei Tsuji.


Parks offices closed today for training

Staff training will close Department of Parks and Recreation permit offices at various locations today, the department announced.

The locations include: the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku, the Kihei Community Center Complex, the Mayor Eddie Tam Memorial Complex in Makawao, the Lahaina Civic Center Complex and the Lanai Community Complex.

The training covers departmental strategic planning and leadership and team-building exercises.

For more information, call 270-7230.


Kaanapali Beach Properties Inc. merges

Kaanapali Beach Properties Inc., a vacation rental management company, has merged with Portland, Ore.-based Vacasa, which operates in 14 states and five countries.

KBP, which has been in business for 18 years, made the announcement Nov. 14. Longtime island resident and KBP founder Ken Rothman will remain with the company as its principal broker. The 20-person staff will join the Vacasa team, the news release said.

The new company plans on hiring at least 20 more people to oversee and to grow the business, the news release said.

“Kaanapali Beach Properties manages some of the most beautiful properties on the island, and Ken’s team has worked hard to earn its trusted reputation,” said Vacasa CEO and founder Eric Breon. “We are proud to welcome them to the Vacasa family.”

KBP currently manages 89 homes. Breon said that KBP will retain the system it has used but will supplement with proprietary technology that Vacasa has to offer.

Robert Grant will serve as Vacasa’s regional director for Hawaii. With 20 years of experience in luxury travel accommodations, Grant spent four years as general manager of the Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island and has 17 years in Colorado as director of capital at East West Resorts.

“I am so thrilled for the opportunity to work with Vacasa to bring vacation rentals to the next level in West Maui and beyond,” said Grant.