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The Plaza Club announces promotions; new hire

The Plaza Club announces promotions; new hire

HONOLULUwww.theplazaclub.com – The Plaza Club today announced changes to its management staff, promoting Randy Whiteford to Director of Food and Beverage from Executive Chef, Kelli Shintani to Director of Membership from Executive Assistant, and hiring Donna Arena as Catering Sales Manager.


As Director of Food and Beverage for Hawaii’s premier downtown business club, Randy Whiteford oversees all aspects of food and beverage at the club. This is in addition to developing and executing The Plaza Club’s innovative dining menu. He’s also responsible for training the culinary team and managing day-to-day kitchen operations.


Hawaii Society Of Business Professionals Serves Up ‘Farm To Table’ Panel Of Experts

Farm-to-table talk continues to be popular and for that reason the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP) will focus on that issue once again for its February 26 program at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The panel features an acclaimed chef, a grower of specialty crops and a representative of a farmers market. Moderator is Patti Chang of Feed-The-Hunger Foundation, an organization that makes loans to farmers and small restaurateurs. 

“As an island community, we know how important it is to have our food produced locally while also providing the freshest of ingredients for consumers,” said Harvey Rackmil, president of HSBP, a nonprofit whose members represent a variety of Hawaii businesses. “Buying local also keeps the money in our local economy. We look forward to hearing what’s the latest buzz in the farm-to-table movement.”

The featured panelists are:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Stephanie Dowling Regional Communications Director

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Stephanie Dowling Regional Communications Director

HONOLULU — Starwood Hotels & Resorts has named Stephanie Dowling its director of communications for the Hawaii region. In this new role, Dowling will lead the public relations team and the in-house advertising agency for Starwood’s 11 properties on four islands. This move will further enhance Starwood’s integrated approach to marketing and communications strategy.

“Stephanie is a proven leader with nearly 10 years at Starwood. Since joining our Hawaii Regional team, Stephanie has elevated our public relations program to a more strategic approach. With her extensive background in both public relations and advertising, this is a natural decision and will be a smooth transition,” said Harris Chan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts vice president of operations for Hawaii and French Polynesia.

Bonterra Solar Installs Solar PV System On Environet Headquarters In Waimea

Bonterra Solar Installs Solar PV System On Environet Headquarters In Waimea

HONOLULU — Bonterra Solar Hawaii has completed the installation of a large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the roof of the Environet office building located on Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea on the Big Island.

The new system, powered by 112 PV panels, will produce 46,928 kilowatt hours of electricity in the first year of operation, enough to cover more than 100 percent of the two-story, 5,000-square-feet building’s annual energy needs.

“This new PV system will allow Environet to operate using clean energy generated from Hawaii’s natural resources,” said Joseph Pickard, Environet president. “It was a pleasure to work with Bonterra Solar, which shares our values of preserving the Earth’s resources for the future.”

Senators Select Local High-Tech Water Purification System

As the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) continues to push forward with the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology sector, two senators have demonstrated their personal commitment to growing Hawaii small businesses. Hawaii Sens. Glenn Wakai and Breene Harimoto, are the first Hawaii legislators to do business with Hawaiian Cool Water, a local startup specializing in water purification technology. Both attended a recent show-and-tell tour at the Manoa Innovation Center to see what cool ideas local tech and innovation companies are developing.

First Insurance Charitable Foundation Donations Exceed $400,000 In 2014

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $400,000 in 2014 to local nonprofit organizations, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii Public Television, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Good Beginnings Alliance, Japan American Society of Hawaii, and Aloha United Way.

The FICOH Foundation was established in 1998 and has four areas of focus: Education & Career Development; Economic & Workforce Development, Family, Social Services & Health Care; and Civic, Culture and the Arts. The Foundation also matches gifts to eligible nonprofits made by FICOH staff members.

The 2014 donations totaled $405,299 and supported more than 70 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $218,000 to Programs for Children and Youth

In support of better health, learning and leadership opportunities for Hawaii’s keiki, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced six organizations that will benefit from $218,000 in community grants for children and youth-related advocacy and education.

“These diverse programs have a common thread — an unwavering commitment to serving Hawaii’s keiki, especially those in vulnerable populations,” said Joy Barua, director of Community Benefit and Health Policy. “In alignment with our Thriving Schools initiative, we’re proud to partner with organizations that support the physical and mental health of our children and young adults through preventive efforts, better access to health care, and mentoring programs.”