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Hawai'i Pacific University to Launch Global Lecture Series with $50,000 Grant from Hawaiian Electric

Hawai'i Pacific University to Launch Global Lecture Series with $50,000 Grant from Hawaiian Electric

 

Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 gift from Hawaiian Electric Industries to support the establishment of a Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability to be launched as part of HPU's 50th anniversary in 2015.

HPU's Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability will bring together students, educators, community leaders, innovators, and thought leaders for an inspirational, intellectual and interactive forum. The objective is to transform the way leadership and sustainability are taught, studied and practiced in order to bring positive benefits to Hawai'i and beyond.

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Retail Merchants of Hawai‘i Launches New Statewide Training Program

Retail Merchants of Hawai‘i Launches New Statewide Training Program

The program will feature curriculum developed by LearningBiz LLC and is made possible thanks to a grant by the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

This fall Retail Merchants of Hawai‘i (RMH) will kick off a new training, specifically tailored to retail industry professionals. The program highlights customer service and sales management training. Developed by LearningBiz, LLC, one of the state’s leading training providers, the training program will be available to retail professionals across the state thanks to a $125,000 grant from the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii Gets Ice Cold

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii staff members are used to getting wet, but after being called out by former affiliate Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, the Hawaii staff are icy wet! Yesterday afternoon more than 30 staff members dumped 300 gallons of ice water over their heads and now are calling out Hawaii’s Sea Life Park and other mainland water parks.

The viral ice challenge is to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the lethal neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The rules are fairly simple: If you are called out, dump ice water on your head and post the video on social media, calling out a few more people to do it. People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice at www.als.org/donate, or do both. Everyone is doing it, including Oprah, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez and many more celebrities.

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.”

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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.

Kaiao Wins 6th Annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search

Kaiao Wins 6th Annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search

A stunning display of talent by island music group Kaiao has earned them the title of this year’s Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search winner. Five finalists were initially selected based on a sample music performance submitted by DVD or link to an online performance, and later evaluated by their final performances on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Made in Hawaii Festival. Kaiao receives a one-month paid contract to perform weekly this September at Outrigger Reef on the Beach’s  Kani Ka Pila Grille. Additionally, the talented group will receive complimentary studio sessions at Honolulu Community College’s Mike Curb MELE Studio