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Architects Hawaii Win National Awards for Two Projects

Architects Hawaii Win National Awards for Two Projects

Two Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL) projects were recently recognized nationally: Windward Community College Library Learning Commons and the Towers at Kuhio Park.

AHL received recognition for Outstanding Design in the August 2013 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase for Windward Community College Library Learning Commons. The Commons is an example of 21st century education design, featuring open collaborative spaces that allow both team and individual styles of learning. Sustainability is key to the new library, waterless urinals, storm water collection and reuse, photovoltaic panels, energy-efficient lights and non-toxic materials made from recycled or rapidly renewing resources were key to this green building.

The Towers at Kuhio Park was awarded the Vanguard Award in the Major Rehabilitation

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Nurse files racial discrimination lawsuit against Queen's Medical Center

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A registered nurse has filed a lawsuit against the Queen's Medical Center, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation after she reported that patient safety was being jeopardized.

Ellen Harris said she enjoyed her job as a nurse in Queen's intensive care unit, where she had worked since 2006. Her employee records show that her competency and performance regularly met or exceeded standards.

The lawsuit contends that Queen's has a patient care policy that limits the number of patients assigned to each nurse in the ICU to two patients. In some cases, a patient's condition may require that a nurse take care of just that one patient.

Major delays expected along Kapiolani Boulevard through Tuesday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The makai curbside lane of Kapiolani Boulevard between University Avenue and Date Street will be closed 24 hours a day between today and June 25 for the construction of new bus pads, according to Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office.

Because of the lane closure, the westbound contraflow lane on Kapiolani Boulevard will be suspended from Kaimuki Avenue to Hausten Street through Tuesday June 25.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Announces New Vice President of Health Plan Service and Administration

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Announces New Vice President of Health Plan Service and Administration
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced today that Shawn Mehta has been named Vice President, Health Plan Service and Administration for the state’s largest integrated health care organization. In his new role, Mehta will provide strategic and operational leadership related to new systems capabilities and competencies in Hawaii that are essential to meeting the changing needs of customers and the new requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Most recently, Mehta served as Vice President, Operations, Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company based at the organization’s Oakland, Calif. headquarters. Prior to that, Mehta led Kaiser Permanente’s Self-Funding Program in California, responsible for planning, designing and implementing self-funded capabilities. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he served several years with Accenture and Deloitte, advising clients in the consumer products, pharmacy, retail and manufacturing industries.

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Island Sole Spreads its Wings with New Maui Store

Island Sole Spreads its Wings with New Maui Store

Island Sole announced today the grand opening of its fifth retail store in Hawai‘i and first Maui location at 736 A Front Street in Lahaina.

Island Sole is a locally owned company offering a wide selection of quality footwear for Hawai‘i’s lifestyle. The first Island Sole location opened on O‘ahu in 2011 and has since expanded to include four locations across O‘ahu at Ala Moana Center, Kāhala Mall, Pacific Beach Hotel and Waikīkī Beach Walk. The Front Street store, which was previously a Sanuk store managed by Island Sole’s parent company, The Art Source, Inc., has been rebranded as an Island Sole and expanded to include 700 square-feet of retail space.

In addition to offering one of the widest selections of Sanuk footwear on the island, Island Sole’s Lahaina store also features trendy beach and island lifestyle brands, such as Cobian, Havaianas, Island Slipper, OluKai, Rainbow Sandals, Reef and TOMS.

Whole Kids Foundation Harvests a New Crop of Garden Grants

Whole Kids Foundation Harvests a New Crop of Garden Grants

This fall, a new subject is sprouting up in schools across Arizona, Southern California and Hawaii, which is taking the classroom outdoors. Thanks to Whole Kids Foundation, 54 schools in Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region will receive grants of $2,000 each to build or expand community and school gardens. The nonprofit foundation was created by Whole Foods Market in 2011 and is dedicated to improving childhood nutrition through increased access to healthy food choices.

Seven schools in Arizona, 43 schools in Southern California, and four schools in Hawaii were selected to receive garden grants, which will provide more access to fresh produce for students and help establish a better understanding of where food comes from and the connection between a healthy planet with a healthy body. The following schools will be receiving grants:

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Presents Senior Summit Lecture Series July 2013 Calendar

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Presents Senior Summit Lecture Series July 2013 Calendar
The Senior Summit program, presented by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, provides ongoing educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics specific to seniors. The emphasis is on prevention, personal growth, and learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. All lectures are free and open to the public. To register, please call the respective location at provided phone number. For more information, call (808) 432-2235 or toll-free 1-877-447-5990.

WHAT: KAISER PERMANENTE SENIOR SUMMIT LEARNING SERIES

COST: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TOPIC: How to Be Sun Smart and Skin Cancer Savvy
Learn how to keep your skin healthy and younger-looking by protecting it from the sun. Learn how to recognize the early signs of skin cancer and when to see a Dermatologist.

SPEAKERS: Kaiser Permanente’s Dermatology Department

WHEN: Monday, July 8