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KITV wins national journalism award

KITV is one of only three winners of the American Legion’s Fourth Estate Award.

Entries were considered in print, broadcast and new media, and KITV won the award for its hourlong documentary on the life of Marianne Cope, just canonized by the Vatican for her work in Kalaupapa in the 1800s. The special was produced by Pamela Young, Gary Sprinkle and Rex Von Arns­waldt.

USA Today won for an investigative series on contaminated former lead factory sites, while freelance writer Alex Quade won for her video report "Chinook Down," for the website.

The American Legion will pre­sent its awards in Texas in August.

Isle residents vie to host ‘Kingdom’ online

Stephanie Arne and Charles Lee of Hono­lulu are among 12 semifinalists competing to become the next "Wild Guide" for the online version of Mutual of Omaha’s "Wild Kingdom," an American TV classic.

Video entries submitted by Arne and Lee, as well as 10 other contestants, can be viewed and voted on at either of two websites until midnight May 23. Voting on the Wild Kingdom website at or the Wild Kingdom YouTube pages is limited to one vote per person per day.

The three finalists with the most votes will be announced May 29 and then participate in an audition. The winning "Wild Guide" will be announced July 15 and host the online resurrection of the show.

Dell’s takeover plan challenged

One of the biggest critics of Michael Dell’s plan to take the company he founded private has launched a fresh challenge to that $24.4 billion bid and says the slumping PC maker needs new leadership.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has teamed with Dell’s largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, to pitch a deal that would let Dell shareholders keep their stake in the company and give them either $12 per share in cash or additional shares.

Icahn and Southeastern say this alternative, which would keep the company publicly traded, gives shareholders a stake in future company gains, according to a letter sent to Dell’s board Wednesday.

Postal Service posts $1.9B loss in quarter

WASHINGTON >> The financially troubled Postal Service on Friday posted a net loss of $1.9 billion in the second quarter, which ended March 31, compared with a $1.3 billion loss last quarter, when holiday shopping and heavy spending on political advertising during the 2012 election helped the agency.

Overall, the Postal Service reported operating revenue of $16.3 billion in the second quarter, an increase of $121 million, or 0.7 percent. It is the first increase in revenue for the agency in five years.

Officials said the Postal Service continues to lose $25 million a day as it waits for Congress to pass legislation to overhaul the postal system.


Maui Divers Jewelry has appointed Todd Tani­gu­chi chief financial officer. His experience includes serving as chief financial officer of Reyn Spooner as well as treasurer, director, shareholder and CFO of Crazy Shirts; financial and systems analysis manager at Waikiki Trader Group; and supervising senior auditor at KPMG LLP.


Accuity LLP has promoted Sean Mochi­zuki to manager of the firm’s assurance practice. He has been with the company since 2006.


Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has hired Janice Naka­moto as vice president of information systems. She was previously with Central Pacific Bank for 16 years.

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