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Hawaii teen heads to California, battles rare disease

Hawaii teen heads to California, battles rare disease
 By: Taylor Preza  It’s a disease that impacts less than one in 100,000 people a year, and it is impacting one young woman right here in Hawaii. On July 16, 18-year-old Taylor Ann Hiraki was diagnosed with Moyamoya, a rare and progressive brain disease greatly characterized by strokes caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain. It all started when Taylor had returned home to Honolulu, Hawaii for the summer after completing her first year of college at Pacific University in Oregon.  She was working her seasonal job at Maile’s Thai Bistro in Hawaii Kai moments before a series of mini-strokes started to occur.  A family friend just so happened to be dining at the restaurant while Taylor was working.

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First Insurance Charitable Foundation Donations Exceed $150,000 In First Half Of 2014

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $150,000 between January and June 2014 to 38 local nonprofit organizations, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, Honolulu Museum of Art, Sustain Hawaii and others.

“We are proud to support our local nonprofit organizations and do what we can to help strengthen Hawaii for future generations,” said Allen Uyeda, FICOH CEO, who is retiring at the end of July. “FICOH’s philosophy has always been to support Hawaii’s long-term social and economic future through community leadership, volunteer service, and charitable contributions.”

The 2014 donations to date total $150,315 and support a variety of nonprofits in Hawaii, including organizations focused on education, health and social services, and economic development.

American Savings Bank Donates $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

American Savings Bank Donates $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

HONOLULU — American Savings Bank (ASB), has committed $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM), Shidler College of Business. As part of a five-year commitment, this gift will support entrepreneurial education and help UHM monetize research efforts. In recognition of this gift, one of the co-working spaces will be named in ASB’s honor. 

Lasting Impacts of World War I Discussed at Hawaii State Library on July 26

Lasting Impacts of World War I Discussed at Hawaii State Library on July 26

“The Great War, 100 Years Ago: Lasting Impacts,” a free program, will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Kieko Matteson, Environmental Historian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss World War I’s brutal unfolding on the European continent, long-lasting environmental consequences and its artistic and cultural legacy.  Matteson will present lesser-known elements of the war’s impact, exploring World War I’s role in the development of modern chemistry, poetry, plastic surgery and other subjects, as well as the experience of the war in Hawaii. This one-hour program is recommended for young adults and adults. 

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  The program is subject to change.

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Honolulu's Group 70 Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort

Honolulu's Group 70 Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort

Group 70 International Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort Project Aimed at Revitalizing the French Polynesian Economy $3 billion project includes five hotels, aquatic park, casino, convention center, theaters and retail shops HONOLULU – www.group70int.com – French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse announced Saturday, July 19, 2014 that Hawaii’s leading design firm Group 70 International, Inc. (G70) was selected as the architect, interior designer and civil engineer on record for the 130-acre Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort and Spa project intended to reignite tourism in Tahiti and stimulate its economy. The project is being led by the French Polynesian government who approved G70’s initial design plans and a jury selected the kama‘aina design firm over a firm from France and China to develop the innovative project on Tahiti’s west side.

Governor Releases $500,000 for New Lanai Community Health Center Facility

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds to the Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC). Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will go toward the construction of a new facility to accommodate the island’s health care needs.

LCHC serves 1,190 patients, which is approximately 40 percent of the Lanai’s estimated population of 3,100 residents.

Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling On News Media And Public Access To Criminal Trials

High Court Rebukes Judge Who Held Secret Sessions During Trial of U.S. State Department Special Agent Accused of Murder in Honolulu

HONOLULU –  In a ruling that media attorneys say is one of the strongest endorsements in the country regarding the right of the news media and the public to have access to criminal trial proceedings, the Hawaii Supreme Court sided with Hawaii’s only statewide daily newspaper – the Honolulu Star-Advertiser – and Hawaii News Now (a CBS and NBC affilitate) and rebuked a Circuit Court judge who held closed on-the-record hearings with attorneys in one of Hawaii’s highest-profile trials.