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Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Consolidate Patron Database on June 3

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Consolidate Patron Database on June 3

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s (HSPLS) patron database will undergo a purge of inactive accounts on Monday, June 3.  Removing these accounts will provide an updated, more accurate database for our business and management uses. Inactive accounts are accounts with expired library cards and:

  • No borrowed library material in the past five (5) years and
  • No outstanding items, charges or fees; and/or
  • Whose card holders are former residents who have relocated from Hawaii

The record of a patron who has not borrowed library material in the past five (5) years or more may be purged.  Patrons who visit their local library, present their library card, and discover that their record has been purged can reactivate their card, free-of-charge, by completing a new library card application form and presenting it with their card and valid identification.  The database clean-up procedure will not affect currently active library patrons.

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Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Memorial Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Memorial Day Holiday

In observance of the Memorial Day 2013 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 25 – 27. 

The following libraries will be open on these days: 

  • May 23 (Thursday) – Kealakekua Public Library (telephone: 323-7585)
  • May 24 (Friday) – Aiea Public Library (telephone: 483-7333), Hawaii Kai Public Library (telephone: 397-5833), Liliha Public Library (telephone: 587-7577), Makawao Public Library (telephone: 573-8785)

For public service hours, please visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org, like us at www.facebook.com/HSPLSHIgov, follow us on www.twitter.com/HSPLSHIgov, or call your local library. 

 

Mark Hirae is promoted to Vice President, Lending at Hawaii Pacific Federal.

Mark Hirae is promoted to Vice President, Lending at Hawaii Pacific Federal.

 

Hawaii Pacific Federal Promotes Mark Hirae to Vice President, Lending

HONOLULU – Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union has promoted Mark Hirae to Vice President, Lending. He will be responsible for overseeing management of the loan department and portfolio risk management.

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.