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Kaiser leads women's fund Tea & Champagne

Kaiser leads women's fund Tea & Champagne

Women’s Fund of Hawaii will celebrate its ninth annual Tea and Champagne fundraiser on Wednesday, September 25, from 5 to 8 pm at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Kaiser Permanente is the title sponsor.

This annual event has grown from its original Chinatown restaurant location to attracting hundreds of women to The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s ballroom to celebrate the success of women and children who have benefitted from the WFH grant program. WFH will also announce its 2013 spring grant recipients at the event. Since 2005, WFH has granted more than $300,000 to innovative, grassroots programs that help women and girls in Hawaii.

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Ring in the Holiday Season with a Party at Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Ring in the Holiday Season with a Party at Outrigger Reef on the Beach

This year’s holiday office party or large family gathering just got a lot more festive thanks to the special promotion being offered by Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Now through September 30, Outrigger Reef is offering a 50 percent discount on event space when you book a holiday party or event that will take place from November 2013 through January 2014.

“As our holiday gift to you, we’re thrilled to offer 50 percent off event space at Outrigger Reef on the Beach,” said Bill Comstock, hotel general manager. “From festive gatherings to large corporate functions, our beautiful venues and exceptional service provide the perfect setting for a sparkling holiday event.”

Mehnert to become chief executive officer at Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Mehnert to become chief executive officer at Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL), announced today that Bettina Mehnert, AIA, LEED®-AP has been named the chief executive officer effective October 28, 2013. Mehnert has served as chief operating officer since 2010. She succeeds William A. Brizee, AIA, CSI, CCCA, LEED®-AP. Brizee will continue at the firm as a director and principal.

 

“Architects Hawaii has a history of developing its leadership internally, and we believe that adapting to change keeps the firm dynamic and strong. We are grateful for the leadership that Bill provided and excited about our next era,” said David Miller, AIA, NCARB, LEED®-AP, chair of the board for AHL.

Mehnert, a third generation architect, was the first woman in AHL’s history to be in a key leadership position, first as principal and director, then COO and now as CEO. Born and raised in Germany, Mehnert started her career at AHL in 1988 when she moved to Hawai‘i.

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Hawaiian Electric to deactivate Honolulu Power Plant

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaiian Electric Company will deactivate its Honolulu Power Plant on Jan. 31, 2014, as part of its strategy to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce Hawaii's dependency on imported fossil fuel.

"Thanks to the lower use of electricity and tremendous growth in renewable energy as a result of Hawaii's clean energy efforts, we're able to deactivate some older, less efficient oil-fired generating units on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. This will help us use less oil and lower customers' electric bills," said Ron Cox, Hawaiian Electric vice president of power supply.

The Honolulu Power Plant went into service in 1954. In 1957, the power plant was officially named after Leslie A. Hicks, who was Hawaiian Electric's president at the time it was opened.

'Corpse flower' expected to bloom on Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A horrible smell is expected to waft out of the Foster Botanical Garden on Oahu this week. A flower that smells like rotting flesh will be in full bloom.

Botanists predict the Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, will start blooming around Tuesday. When it blooms, the flower emits a distinct odor, which is meant to attract beetles and flies for pollination.

The bloom only happens once every three to five years. At roughly four feet tall, the "corpse flower" is the largest flower in the world.

 

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Hawai‘i Nonprofit Leaders Receive $10,000 Awards For Individual Professional Development

Hawai‘i Nonprofit Leaders Receive $10,000 Awards For Individual Professional Development

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, in partnership with Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, announced today the recipients of this year’s annual Ho‘okele Award:

  • Nancy Aleck, chief executive officer, Hawai‘i People’s Fund
  • M. Nalani Fujimori Kaina, executive director, Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
  • Carol Yotsuda, executive director, Garden Island Arts Council
  • Kenneth L. Zeri, president and chief professional officer, Hospice Hawai‘i.

Now in its 12th year, the Ho‘okele Award pays tribute to and strengthens the leadership in the state’s nonprofit sector. The award recognizes the exceptional work of selfless leaders and provides them with the opportunity to renew themselves rather than risk the potential “burnout” which often affects those in the nonprofit sector.