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28 HPD officers promoted

28 HPD officers promoted

 

It is a new step up for Honolulu Police Department officers.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha announced the promotion of 28 officers in a ceremony at the Mission Memorial Auditorium Wednesday morning. The officers will begin their term on Sunday.

“Your promotion is just the beginning,” Kealoha said addressing the promoted officers. “Don’t just get promoted – make HPD better.”

Newly-promoted Lieutenant Dee Ann Koanui described her focus for her upcoming term.

“I will be in charge of uniform support in the main Honolulu area working with plain-clothes units,” Koanui said. “We will be focusing on things like the Occupy Honolulu, getting ready for our fourth of July fireworks and things that are occurring in Chinatown.”

Kealoha started with HPD patrolling districts in 1983 and worked his way up to police chief on Nov. 25, 2009. His vision for the police department is, “making Honolulu the safest place to live, work and play.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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.