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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.

Five Years of Prevention: Hawaii Meth Project Appoints New Students to 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council

Five Years of Prevention: Hawaii Meth Project Appoints New Students to 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council

Twenty-two students from four islands to lead methamphetamine awareness and prevention efforts in schools and communities statewide

The Hawaii Meth Project’s Teen Advisory Council turns five today with the appointment of 22 student members to its 2014-2015 group. This year’s council, selected through a competitive application and interview process, is comprised of high school students from Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island who help to raise awareness about the risks of methamphetamine use and provide a teen perspective on the campaign’s strategies and messages. 

Two Public Libraries Reopen Following Tent Fumigation Closures

Two  Public Libraries Reopen Following Tent Fumigation Closures

The Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH) and Makawao Public Library (Maui) have reopened after successful tent fumigation projects during the Statehood Day Holiday weekend.

Both libraries have resumed their normal public service schedule.  For the libraries’ public service hours, please visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org or call the libraries: LBPH - 733-8444 and Makawao Public Library - 573-8785.  


Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has announced the 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season, which opens Saturday, September 13, 50 years to the day after the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall’s formal opening in 1964, which also featured the Symphony. To celebrate the thousands of classical, pops, education, opera and ballet performances that have made up so much of the HSO's history at the Blaisdell, the program will feature two of the works performed at the 1964 premiere, Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy to Romeo and Juliet and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Both works were chosen for the 1964 concert to mark the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Avalon Development Co. Puts 17 Industrial Parcels At Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, On The Market

Site Blessing Launches Long-Awaited “Second City” Industrial Park Development

HONOLULU – Avalon Development Company LLC held a blessing ceremony on Thursday for the long-awaited last phase of the Kapolei Business Park in the heart of Oahu’s “Second City.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other community leaders attended Thursday’s site blessing, said Avalon President and CEO Christine Camp.

“It’s taken many years years but the dream of creating a fully developed industrial park to serve the entire island and spur further growth in Kapolei is a reality by our step towards completing the last phase of Kapolei Business Park,” Camp said. “The vision of Kapolei as a ‘Second City’ on Oahu began in the 1960s. New industries are thriving here and Kapolei Business Park has become a major center of employment. The employees and their families can significantly improve their quality of life by living and working in the same area.”