Business Roundup: 07-09-18

Royal Kona Resort, entertainers support Puna

In the weeks immediately following the Kilauea eruption, Royal Kona Resort employees initiated donation drives at Don’s Mai Tai Bar during its music series with local entertainers, Henry Kapono and Johnny Valentine. During the performances, employees collected food and supplies for victims affected by Kilauea’s devastation. The coordinated effort generated two large pallets of food and supplies, and raised over $3,600 in cash. Royal Kona Resort staff recently delivered the donations received to the Puna relief station in Keeau.


“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our employees and guests,” said Tom Bell, president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, the hotel management group for the Royal Kona Resort. “It is heartwarming to see the community coming together to provide much needed support for our neighbors in need.”

Former First Hawaiian Bank CFO Ching Returns to EY

NEW YORK — Ernst &Young LLP announced that Michael Ching has been named the Honolulu Office Managing Partner, effective Oct. 1. Ching will be responsible for continuing to grow the practice, managing resources and overseeing client service in the Hawaii market.

He will succeed Jeff Bartlett, who will retire after 35 years with the firm.

“Mike’s extensive experience advising clients on a variety of issues and in various industries will allow EY to continue to offer companies in Hawaii sound counsel and leadership,” said Mark Jain, Partner, Ernst &Young LLP, and the firm’s West Region Financial Services Market leader.

Ching most recently served as the CFO at First Hawaiian Bank, where he oversaw all finance and treasury functions. Prior to that role he served EY for 22 years, leading the Hawaii practice with a focus on delivery of assurance, advisory and tax services.

Marquez earns coveted certifications

Robin Marquez, owner of Signature Auto Detail Hawaii, has been awarded a Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair, and Ceramic Coatings Certification from The Detailer of Air Force One, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success.

He also now holds a dual certification from the International Detailing Association. These certifications qualify Marquez for a coveted spot on the 2019 Air Force One Detailing Team, which will be announced next spring.

Marquez is a mobile automotive detailer servicing the Hamakua Coast to Honokaa, and from the Kohala Coast to Kailua-Kona.

Tax workshop in Kona

The Tax Workshop provides certified public accountants an opportunity to earn three Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy Continuing Professional Education credits at an affordable price.

This year’s workshop topics include an update on administrative rules, tax changes that occurred during the 2018 legislative session, and a special presentation on Conformity 2018: Hawaii’s response to the tax cuts and jobs act and other federal law changes, and a guest presentation by the internal revenue service’s local taxpayer advocate on their services.

The Kona meeting will be 8:30 a.m. Thursday in room B126 at the Hawaii Community College – Palamanui Campus, 73-4225 Ane Keohokalole, Kailua-Kona.

Info: Hawaii Community College (808) 934-2700. Online registration:

Human Resources Administration of Hawaii earns national distinction


Human Resources Administration of Hawaii, Inc. and it’s affiliated companies Aloha Employee Leasing LLC and Hawaii Employee Leasing Professionals LLC has earned accreditation through the Employer Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC) Client Assurance Program, the gold standard credential for professional employer organizations (PEO).

ESAC’s Client Assurance Program monitors PEOs for adherence to important financial, ethical and operational standards. ESAC’s program provides tangible assurance of specific employer responsibilities similar to the FDIC for the banking industry. These responsibilities include payment of wages, taxes, employee benefits and insurance premiums; all covered by over $15 million of surety bonds for Human Resources Administration of Hawaii’s clients.