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See Lei-making, Tongan style at Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 27

See Lei-making, Tongan style at Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 27

In celebration of the Hawaii State Library’s Centennial Anniversary, “Lei-making, Tongan style,” a free lecture-demonstration program, will be presented on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.   

Aita Tonga, a self-taught lei maker who has been creating lei for more than 10 years, will demonstrate how she makes Tongan lei and discuss lei customs.  There will be a photo display featuring various lei styles, and the audience will have the opportunity to examine fresh lei made by Tonga.    

This two-hour presentation is suitable for ages 5 and older.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  A question-and-answer session will be included in the program.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. 

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Bank of Hawaii teaches local students the importance of saving money

Bank of Hawaii teaches local students the importance of saving money

 

By: Jade Storms 

For most adults, it's hard to resist impulse buys such as a new surfboard or the season's hottest fashion item. But for the children of Hawaii, it may not be such a problem. 

Bank of Hawaii volunteers visited Pu'uhale Elementary early Tuesday morning to teach Hawaii's keiki the importance of saving money by giving different lessons for the appropriate age groups.  

June Wong from the Bank of Hawaii Chinatown branch helped students participate in various activities to encourage lifelong saving habits. 

Wong read "A Tale of Two Brothers" to a fifth grade class at Pu'uhale, which told the story of twin brothers who both wanted a surfboard, but only one saved up enough money by resisting impulse purchases. 

Sandra Kekina, a fifth grade teacher at Pu'uhale, expressed the importance of responsibility and how it's something adults want to instill in their children at a young age. 

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: 8 Oahu and 3 Big Island Libraries Start April 22

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: 8 Oahu and 3 Big Island Libraries Start April 22

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will perform an upgrade to its Smart Access Management (SAM) Internet reservation system in three Big Island and eight Oahu public libraries beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26.  The computers at the following Big Island libraries: Kailua-Kona, Laupahoehoe, and North Kohala, and Oahu libraries: Kahuku, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Kailua, Waimanalo, Aiea, Liliha, Kaneohe, and Waianae will be unavailable for reservations beginning today through the completion of the upgrade in each library.  Walk-up sessions may or may not be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade. 

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in HSPLS’s 50 public libraries; it helps HSPLS maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for our patrons. 

Ala Moana Hotel Serves-Up Sensational Spring Events

Ala Moana Hotel Serves-Up Sensational Spring Events

This spring, visitors and kama‘aina alike will want to see what Ala Moana Hotel has in store. Honolulu’s professionals can treat their office’s unsung heroes to an Administrative Professionals Day comedy show luncheon, and anyone can give mom the gift of laughter with a lively Mother’s Day brunch hosted by local comedian Augie T. Additionally, Ala Moana Hotel is encouraging visitors and kama‘aina to put their best foot forward at the 35th annual Charity Walk and receive a t-shirt just for signing up. Kama‘aina are invited to kick off spring with rates starting from just $139 for Hawaii residents.

“Our annual Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon and Mother’s Day Brunch are wonderful traditions because it gives co-workers, families and friends a chance to bond and create memories over an ono meal,” said Candace Fujioka, Ala Moana Hotel’s director of catering. “We encourage guests to make their reservations early as these popular events tend to sell out.”

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Alexander & Bladwin donates large gift to REHAB's capital campaign

Alexander & Bladwin donates large gift to REHAB's capital campaign

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) Foundation announced today it received $25,000 from Alexander & Baldwin in support of its capital campaign for the renovation of the hospital.

 “We are proud to have Alexander & Baldwin supporting the capital campaign efforts of the hospital.  They understand the role and relevance of Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific to the people of Hawaii and the Pacific region,” said Janice Luke Loo, REHAB Foundation Capital Campaign co-chair.

REHAB is the only hospital in Hawaii to provide acute rehabilitative care and offers specialized programs such as Cardiac Rehabilitation, Stroke Recovery Center, Women’s Rehab Center, a senior drivers’ safety program and “Back to Life,” an innovative pain reduction and rehabilitative program for wounded soldiers in partnership with the Veterans Administration. It is also investing in breakthrough neuro-robotics technology and equipment.

Local business executive Dave Kostecki named President of Xpedite LLC

Local business executive Dave Kostecki named President of Xpedite LLC

HHL Holdings, Inc. today announced it has hired Dave Kostecki as president of Xpedite LLC. The newly formed company provides comprehensive back-office solutions for businesses in both Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.  Xpedite’s current services include accounting/bookkeeping, virtual assistance, quality control as well as compliance and records management, among other services.  Xpedite is a wholly owned subsidiary of HHL Holdings, the parent company of Honolulu HomeLoans, Inc.

"Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is Nene Award 2013 Winner

"Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is Nene Award 2013 Winner

“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts has been chosen by the children of Hawaii as the winner of the 2013 Nene Award.  The Nene Honor Book Award (runner-up) is “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger.  

The annual Nene Award is presented to the favorite fiction book based on a vote by the children of Hawaii in grades 4 through 6.  This year, a total of 5,985 students from 78 public libraries, private and public schools statewide voted.

Award-winning children’s book author Jacqueline Davies, co-winner of the 2012 Nene Award for “The Lemonade War,” the first book in “The Lemonade War” series, was a special guest and made the announcement this morning before an audience of more than 700 invited dignitaries, students, teachers, and other guests at the 48th Annual Nene Award Presentation Ceremony, conducted for the second consecutive year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.