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Sunset Jazz marks 50th year for La Pietra

Nearly 400 people gathered Sunday night (Sept. 14) on the Great Lawn of La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary.
It was a record turnout and a sell-out Sunset Jazz benefit concert, featuring Waikiki entertainment icons like Shari Lynn and Jimmy Borges. The PBS Big Band and the Piranha Brothers were among the other jazz acts. Two talented  La Pietra juniors, Jaresha Gladney and Amanda Apa, were surprise guest performers.

There was a Louis Armstrong table and an Ella Fitzgerald table for groups of eight. Others enjoyed gourmet picnic baskets designed by Eberhard “Chef Hardy” Kintscher.
La Pietra, the former Dillingham estate  on the slopes of Diamond Head, was designed  after an Italian villa. So guests got a little taste of Europe for the evening.
Lynn, who is the school’s music director,  created  the annual Sunset Jazz event  15 years ago.

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New art studio blessed at The St. Andrew's Schools

What started out in 1954 as a  "dingy, dark"  shower room, according to alumnae, is now the first dedicated art studio that St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls has ever had.
A Hawaiian blessing  for the new studio by the school's Kumu Hula, Namahana Fuller, was held the morning of Sept. 13 on the grounds of Hawaii's oldest girls school, founded in 1867 by Queen Emma.The blessing was followed by an Art Fest featuring demos by guest artists.
Arts students  had to share space with other classes for years before the opening of the airy and bright new 800-square-foot studio.
"There didn't seem to be any good memories of the old shower house," said The St. Andrew's Schools head of school Sandra Theunick.
"But today we celebrate the art that will be created in our mind's eye and made with our hands in this beautiful new studio."

Servco to sell Raynor Overhead Doors Division Back to Former Owners

Servco to sell Raynor Overhead Doors Division Back to Former Owners

HONOLULU – servco.com – Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) announced it is selling its Servco Raynor Overhead Doors, Inc. (Servco Raynor) division to Peter Eldridge and Mike Markley.  Eldridge and Markley were the former owners of Raynor Pacific Overhead Doors until it was acquired by Servco in 2005.  The sale is expected to be finalized in early 2015.

Servco Raynor Overhead Doors, Hawaii’s premier residential and commercial garage door specialist, will continue to do business under the Servco name and the business will remain in its current location in Mapunapuna until the sale has been finalized. Eldridge will serve as CEO and Markley as Secretary/Treasurer of the new company which hopes to hire most, if not all, of the 20 current employees.

Island Sole Hosts Three Fall Fashion Events at Ala Moana Center Store

Island Sole Hosts Three Fall Fashion Events at Ala Moana Center Store

Island Sole invites shoppers to get creative this weekend by adding some style to their slippers. Starting Friday, Sept. 12 the local footwear company will host three events at Island Sole Ala Moana Center, where customers can walk away with some stylish soles.

 

POW WOW Hawaii x OluKai – Promoting Lifestyle Through Art

Friday, Sept. 12 from 3-6 p.m.

POW WOW Hawaii and Olukai are teaming up with Island Sole to promote lifestyle through art. Local artists Matt and Roxie Ortiz will be in-store creating custom hand-painted designs on selected OluKai styles for purchase.

 

TOMS Style Your Sole

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 1-5 p.m.

Get creative for a cause! When you purchase a pair of TOMS at the event, a local artist will customize them just for you! Plus, for each pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.

 

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Sacred Hearts Academy student Travels to Russia

Sacred Hearts Academy student  Travels to Russia

Sacred Hearts Academy senior Zoe Sprott spent seven weeks over the summer learning the Russian language in Kirov Russia.   

Zoe was awarded a merit-based scholarship by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, to study language and culture through immersion in a host country. 

Sprott, one of fifteen students from the United States, lived in a dormitory among Russian peers for three weeks and spent the rest of the summer living with a host family.  For five hours a day, Zoe and her American peers, who entered the country knowing very little of the language, attended classes taught by Russian teachers.  During the last week of their stay, the students traveled from Kirov to Moscow (a thirteen-hour train ride) and toured Russia’s capital city.

Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is planning a second round of coffee sampling from September 16 to 29 where customers can get a free small hot cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants, no purchase necessary. In Hawaii only, the coffee is a unique Royal Kona Blend that now comes in a richer and bolder flavor. It is freshly roasted in Hawaii and supplied to McDonald’s by Hawaii Coffee Company.

“McDonald’s of Hawaii has been serving our Royal Kona Blend brand since its first restaurant opened in Aina Haina in 1968,” said Jim Lenhart, Hawaii Coffee Company vice president of sales and service. “We’re proud of our more than 40-year partnership and have enjoyed working with McDonald’s of Hawaii to develop quality local products for McDonald’s customers.”

Community Supports Gym Revitalization Project

Community Supports Gym Revitalization Project

Sacred Hearts Academy received $150,000 in community support for a gym revitalization project supporting the school’s initiative to enhance fitness and sports programs.  The $1.7 million project includes new sports flooring, bleachers, energy-efficient lighting, scoreboard, locker rooms and a weight training fitness room. 

Community donors to the Gym Revitalization project include:  First Hawaiian Bank, $75,000; Strong Foundation, $50,000; Pettus Foundation, $10,000; Matson Foundation, $10,000 and Central Pacific Bank, $5,000. 

Design Build Hawaii, contractor for the project, expects the athletic facilities to be completed by October.  Sacred Hearts Academy has dedicated $18 million in capital improvements since 2007.