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Windward Mall to Welcome Popular Local Diner in 2015

Windward Mall to Welcome Popular Local Diner in 2015

Windward Mall has some big news to share as it prepares to welcome iconic local eatery Big City Diner in early 2015. The restaurant will take over the 5,411 square-foot space recently occupied by IHOP, providing shoppers with its selection of popular local dishes including Uncle Danny’s Kim Chee Fried Rice, the Original Samurai Li-Hing Lemonade and Really Loco, Loco Moco with Fresh & Local Ka Lei Eggs.

For more than 16 years Big City Diner has been O‘ahu’s Hawaiian-style diner, serving as a go-to destination for fresh, hearty meals served in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The award-winning restaurant has been recognized with numerous local awards including Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s People Choice Awards.

Fall into Fun Festivities at Windward Mall

Fall into Fun Festivities at Windward Mall

Summer vacation has officially ended, but the fun has just begun – get ready for the many exciting events at Windward Mall this fall!

Support some of Hawai‘i’s happiest and healthiest keiki as they hit the stage for The Healthy Baby Contest Preliminary on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The beat goes on with the 24-VII Danceforce Heartbeat Showcase starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. 

And this October get decked out for Mall-O-Ween 2014! P.A.R.E.N.T.S. Inc will sponsor its annual spook-tacular Halloween Costume Contest on October 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Also, don’t forget to join us on Halloween, October 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – for family friendly trick-or-treating throughout the mall.

Windward Mall’s September & October events include:

Micheal Crews Joins Graham Builders as Project Manager

Micheal Crews Joins Graham Builders as Project Manager

HONOLULUwww.grahambuilders.com – Graham Builders is pleased to announce that Micheal Crews has joined the firm as Project Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing projects once they are in the construction phase, working and coordinating with sub-contractors, creating and managing schedules and material deliveries.

Crews has more than 35 years of experience in the home building industry. Prior to joining Graham Builders, Crews served as the Superintendent at ChrisContract, a small fine home building company in Kailua.

Born and raised on the mainland, Crews relocated to Hawaii when he was 15 years old. He currently resides in Kailua. During his spare time, Crews enjoys playing senior softball and being a member of the Family Stones Softball Club.

Oahu's Luxury Home Market Continues Upward Trend in July

Oahu's Luxury Home Market Continues Upward Trend in July

HONOLULU – Sales of luxury homes and condominiums on Oahu continued to perform well in July according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP), Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for more than $1 million in July 2014 on Oahu.

A total of 67 luxury homes changed hands in July, up from 62 in July 2013. The median sales price for the luxury range was $1,375,000 last month.

“We continue to see strong performances in the number of sales closed for single-family homes in the $1 million to $6 million price range compared to the first seven months of 2013,” said Patti Nakagawa, Previews International Director for Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties.  “In the $6 million and higher price range, there were four closed sales year-to-date compared to seven last year.”

Show Your Aloha Spirit By Purchasing Aloha Festivals Merchandise

Show Your Aloha Spirit By Purchasing Aloha Festivals Merchandise

HONOLULU – The Aloha Festivals proudly presents its 2014 merchandise collection to mark its 68th year celebrating Hawaiian culture and heritage. The 2014 Aloha Festivals merchandise – ribbons, power bands and T-shirts – reflects the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace through its sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa in honor of this year’s theme “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“We invite the public to join us in celebrating and supporting Hawaii’s premier kamaʻaina festival,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The proceeds made from the Aloha Festivals ribbons and power bands allow us to share Hawaii’s history and culture with the community through our free events during the month of September.”

Medical Grants Available for Children in Hawaii

HONOLULU – The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan or TRICARE.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. 

Pan-Pacific Festival Names Christine Kubota Advisory Committee Chair

Pan-Pacific Festival Names Christine Kubota Advisory Committee Chair

HONOLULU – Christine Kubota has been appointed as the new Chair of the Pan-Pacific Festival Advisory Committee. Kubota’s role is to lead the efforts for Pan-Pacific Festival events, be a liaison with community partners and provide strategic fundraising support. She replaces Benjamin Fukumoto, who served as the chairman for the past nine years.

Kubota is an attorney at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert practicing in corporate, commercial and real estate law since 1988. Her practice also includes immigration law, estate planning and employment matters that address the needs of her Japanese clients. Kubota graduated from Chaminade University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Asian Studies and from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific with a juris doctor degree.