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Architects Hawaii, ltd. Announces promotions

Architects Hawaii, ltd.  Announces promotions

Architects Hawaii, Ltd. (AHL) recently promoted four staff members to the following positions:

Joel Ganotisi, Architect, CDT, LEED®-AP, was promoted from project architect to associate. He joined AHL in 2004 and works with clients to establish a design program and design direction, coordinates project delivery with clients and design team members, and follows projects through construction administration phases. Originally from Kauai, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.

Myles Michibata, Architect, CCS, CCCA, LEED®-AP, was promoted to associate from his previous position as project architect. With 13 years of experience in design, his focus includes commercial as well as federal, state, and municipal government projects. He graduated from the University of Hawaii. 

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UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

Honolulu HomeLoans Offers New Jumbo Loan

Honolulu HomeLoans Offers New Jumbo Loan

 

Honolulu HomeLoans (HHL), Hawaii’s leading mortgage banker, today announced a new Jumbo Loan product for the high-end housing market that is currently heating up. If a homeowner borrows $721,050 or more, this is considered a “jumbo" loan. HHL’s Jumbo loan only requires 20 percent down for owner occupants, for a loan up to $2 million. Many lenders expect at least 30 percent down for a jumbo loan currently.

“Since Hawaii real estate prices are among the highest in the nation, the return of financing options to the jumbo market has been overdue,” says Chief Production Officer Andrew Kim. “HHL is excited to offer our new jumbo loan program for owner occupants with reasonable down payment requirements at very aggressive interest rates.”

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Finalists’ artwork have been submitted to the World Contest

HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii today held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014.

The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.

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McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii gives away 220,000 cups of free Mccafe coffee

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii gives away 220,000 cups of free Mccafe  coffee

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii gave away 220,000 cups of coffee during a recent two-week promotional campaign to get customers reacquainted with its McCafe® coffee. During that same period, 14 customers – one each day – were also randomly selected at restaurants across the state to win a year of free daily coffee – 5,110 cups in all. The full-bodied flavor of the Royal Kona Blend brand by Hawaii Coffee Company is only served at McDonald’s locations in Hawaii.

From March 31 through April 13, all McDonald’s customers nationwide were offered a free small cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours, no purchase necessary. In the U.S., more than 22 million cups of coffee were given away. Hawaii residents were also eligible — just by ordering a free small cup of coffee — to win a free year of coffee in the Ultimate Cup contest.

"Great Chinese Language Books Giveaway" at Liliha Library April 26

In celebration of the tremendous success and growth of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s (HSPLS) Chinese language book collection, the Friends of Liliha Public Library will conduct “The Great Chinese Language Books Giveaway” at Liliha Public Library on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. 
 
In this “first-ever” event, all Chinese language books will be available free of charge. The free gift items include donations and popular books which were replaced with newer editions, as well as books removed from the collection to make room for newer items.  In the past, the Friends’ group conducted small booksales twice a year. 
  
The resurgence of the HSPLS Chinese language books collection began 17 years ago in April 1997 when the Library received $4,500 in donations.  At that time, the Library’s collection consisted of less than 200 items located on four shelves. 
 

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day at Hawaii State Library April 26

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day at Hawaii State Library April 26

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, the Hawaii State Library invites inventors and interested individuals to attend “Intellectual Property Day @ the Hawaii State Library” on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Two free informational programs will be offered:

•             11 a.m. to noon – “How to Patent Your Invention.”  Seth M. Reiss and Tracey L. Ohta, attorneys who specialize in intellectual property rights for their respective Honolulu law firms, will explain how to patent an invention and offer free advice and helpful guidelines to navigate the patent application system.

•             12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – “How to Pitch Your Invention.”  Award – winning inventor and entrepreneur Ken Berkun will demonstrate how to pitch an invention to potential investors to fund.