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Christopher Wendel named Chief Financial Officer of Volta Industries

Christopher Wendel named Chief Financial Officer of Volta Industries

Volta Industries LLC (Volta) today announced Christopher Wendel has been named Partner and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Volta operates the Volta Network, Hawaii’s only free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. It’s one of the largest networks of both free and pay-to-use EV charging stations on Oahu and Volta is actively expanding its presence on the mainland, with a focus on California and Arizona.

As CFO, Wendel will oversee and direct Volta’s fundraising strategy and performance with Volta's network of corporate sponsors and community partners. Prior to Volta, Wendel served in senior positions with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Nomura Securities based in Europe, Asia and the U.S. With more than 20 years as a global financial services leader, Wendel also manages Octagonal Partners LLC, a firm specializing in early-stage investing.

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Bonterra Solar powers up Simply Storage

Bonterra Solar powers up Simply Storage

HONOLULU – Bonterra Solar has completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Simply Storage of Hawaii. The new system, powered by 298 PV panels manufactured by U.S.-based Solar World, will help the Iwilei self-storage company significantly reduce its energy costs. 

In its first year, the new PV system is expected to save Simply Storage over $29,000 in electrical costs. 

“With Bonterra’s no-money-down financing option we were able to cut our monthly electrical cost by 40 to 50 percent which has allowed us to increase our cash flow,” said Simply Storage owner Todd Middleton, who also hired Bonterra to install a photovoltaic system on his house. “In today’s tough economic times, cash flow is vital to a business’s success.”

Kaimuki High School staff members honored

Kaimuki High School staff members honored

The actions of Kaimuki High School staff members saved the life of a colleague and friend and now they are being honored for it.

On Feb. 21, 2013, school security attendant Kawika Chung suffered a cardiac arrest on the Kaimuki High School campus.

Staff members Kevin Yuen, Karen O' Brien, Jon Kawaiaea, and Donna Tajiri (Solomon Soares and Edwin Wells - not present) were presented the Civilian Lifesaver Award by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell for stepping in to perform CPR to Chung.

First all-coed Candle-Rose ritual at St. Francis

First all-coed Candle-Rose ritual at St. Francis

It was a Candle-Rose Ceremony marking the start of a new era for 88-year-old St. Francis School on Thursday, May 16.

Inside the school’s new gym the 74 members of the first coed St. Francis graduating class received roses from the 70 junior class members.

The seniors handed lighted candles to the juniors to symbolically help them see their way through their last year of high school.

Valedictorian Germaine Kabutaulaka said being part of the first coed graduating class is both an honor and a responsibility to provide an example to the graduating classes to come.

Sister Joan of Arc Souza, the head of school who presided over the  Candle-Rose Ceremony, began admitting boys to the lower grades in 2006.  St. Francis was founded in 1924 as a convent school.
St. Francis will hold its commencement exercises on May 26 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms.

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Visitor Industry Charity Walk raises record $1.67 million

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The 35th annual Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HTLA) Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a record $1,671,436 Saturday.

"Our visitor industry works hard all year to put together this event that serves Hawaii's non-profits and communities.I'm so proud of this record-setting Charity Walk by the people and friends of our visitor industry," said Julie Arigo, this year's Charity Walk chairman and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel. "It's a wonderful outpouring of kindness and kokua that exemplifies our aloha spirit. A big mahalo to all of the thousands of folks who participated and gave so generously."

A total of 14,736 walkers on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island participated in the fundraiserthat generates monies for hundreds of local charities. Maui raised the most funds of any of the Islands for the third consecutive year with an impressive $701,716 – a record for the Island.

National Police Week ends with motorcycle ride to honor fallen

Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Public Safety

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Sunday marks "Hawaii State Law Enforcement Ride For The Fallen Day," the ending event to National Police Week.

The ride serves to raise money for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The memorial is to be constructed and maintained at the state Capitol.

State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha presented a proclamation from the Governor at the event.

The ride started at Iolani Palace Saturday morning. Riders made their way to the North Shore, and will finish at Cycle City in Honolulu.

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Honolulu Triathlon traffic restrictions for Sunday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Annual Honolulu Triathlon will take place Sunday, May 19, 2013, and will start at Ala Moana Beach Park at 5:45 a.m.

Participants will begin with a 1500 meter swim, followed by a 25 mile bike ride along Ala Moana Boulevard, Nimitz Highway, and Lagood Drive, and finally will run 6.2 miles back to Ala Moana Beach Park.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place:

The Bike Course will be held on the Makai (ocean) side of Ala Mona Blvd from Ala Moana Beach Park, Ewa bound, to Nimitz under the viaduct, past the airport to the turnaround at Arizona and Nimitz - Halawa Gate (the intersection just before the Arizona Memorial). The bikes will make a 180 U-turn and return to Nimitz under the viaduct, making a right on Lagoon Drive, riding on the Diamond Head Side to the end, and then back to Nimitz, making a right and back onto Nimitz and Ala Moana Blvd, to Ala Moana Beach Park.