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Major delays expected along Kapiolani Boulevard through Tuesday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The makai curbside lane of Kapiolani Boulevard between University Avenue and Date Street will be closed 24 hours a day between today and June 25 for the construction of new bus pads, according to Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office.

Because of the lane closure, the westbound contraflow lane on Kapiolani Boulevard will be suspended from Kaimuki Avenue to Hausten Street through Tuesday June 25.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Announces New Vice President of Health Plan Service and Administration

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Announces New Vice President of Health Plan Service and Administration
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced today that Shawn Mehta has been named Vice President, Health Plan Service and Administration for the state’s largest integrated health care organization. In his new role, Mehta will provide strategic and operational leadership related to new systems capabilities and competencies in Hawaii that are essential to meeting the changing needs of customers and the new requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Most recently, Mehta served as Vice President, Operations, Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company based at the organization’s Oakland, Calif. headquarters. Prior to that, Mehta led Kaiser Permanente’s Self-Funding Program in California, responsible for planning, designing and implementing self-funded capabilities. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he served several years with Accenture and Deloitte, advising clients in the consumer products, pharmacy, retail and manufacturing industries.

Island Sole Spreads its Wings with New Maui Store

Island Sole Spreads its Wings with New Maui Store

Island Sole announced today the grand opening of its fifth retail store in Hawai‘i and first Maui location at 736 A Front Street in Lahaina.

Island Sole is a locally owned company offering a wide selection of quality footwear for Hawai‘i’s lifestyle. The first Island Sole location opened on O‘ahu in 2011 and has since expanded to include four locations across O‘ahu at Ala Moana Center, Kāhala Mall, Pacific Beach Hotel and Waikīkī Beach Walk. The Front Street store, which was previously a Sanuk store managed by Island Sole’s parent company, The Art Source, Inc., has been rebranded as an Island Sole and expanded to include 700 square-feet of retail space.

In addition to offering one of the widest selections of Sanuk footwear on the island, Island Sole’s Lahaina store also features trendy beach and island lifestyle brands, such as Cobian, Havaianas, Island Slipper, OluKai, Rainbow Sandals, Reef and TOMS.

Whole Kids Foundation Harvests a New Crop of Garden Grants

Whole Kids Foundation Harvests a New Crop of Garden Grants

This fall, a new subject is sprouting up in schools across Arizona, Southern California and Hawaii, which is taking the classroom outdoors. Thanks to Whole Kids Foundation, 54 schools in Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region will receive grants of $2,000 each to build or expand community and school gardens. The nonprofit foundation was created by Whole Foods Market in 2011 and is dedicated to improving childhood nutrition through increased access to healthy food choices.

Seven schools in Arizona, 43 schools in Southern California, and four schools in Hawaii were selected to receive garden grants, which will provide more access to fresh produce for students and help establish a better understanding of where food comes from and the connection between a healthy planet with a healthy body. The following schools will be receiving grants:

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Presents Senior Summit Lecture Series July 2013 Calendar

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Presents Senior Summit Lecture Series July 2013 Calendar
The Senior Summit program, presented by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, provides ongoing educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics specific to seniors. The emphasis is on prevention, personal growth, and learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. All lectures are free and open to the public. To register, please call the respective location at provided phone number. For more information, call (808) 432-2235 or toll-free 1-877-447-5990.

WHAT: KAISER PERMANENTE SENIOR SUMMIT LEARNING SERIES

COST: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TOPIC: How to Be Sun Smart and Skin Cancer Savvy
Learn how to keep your skin healthy and younger-looking by protecting it from the sun. Learn how to recognize the early signs of skin cancer and when to see a Dermatologist.

SPEAKERS: Kaiser Permanente’s Dermatology Department

WHEN: Monday, July 8

Honolulu Homeloans announces top producers for May

Honolulu Homeloans announces top producers for May

Honolulu HomeLoans, Hawaii’s leading mortgage banker, announced today the following retail loan officers who were recognized as the top producers for May 2013. May’s Top Producer, Alan Fentriss, closed a loan dollar volume of $5,879,225.

                         

TOP PRODUCERS

1) Alan Fentriss                     

2) Brian Fuller                       

3) Colleen Westervelt          

See Taiko Master & Ensemble Perform at Five Oahu and Kauai Libraries

See Taiko Master & Ensemble Perform at Five Oahu and Kauai Libraries

The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble will be featured performers for “Dig into Reading,” the 2013 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, at five selected public libraries on Oahu and Kauai from June 29 to July 13.  Admission is fre

Endo and his Taiko Ensemble will present “The Art of Taiko,” a lively lecture-demonstration on the art of performing with taiko (Japanese drums).  Endo, a composer, leader, and performer of contemporary taiko will introduce the various drums and percussion instruments of Japan that are used in traditional and contemporary music.  Ensemble members are internationally-based and have performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Japan.  This 45-minute event is recommended for ages 5 and older.  Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Experience “The Art of Taiko” with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble at these libraries:

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