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EXCLUSIVE: Drivers find way around Chinatown 'smart' meters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A year ago, new "smart meters" were installed throughout downtown Honolulu and Chinatown that were meant to improve parking convenience. 

A Hawaii News Now investigation has determined the new technology designed to help is actually making it easier for people to circumvent the rules and park longer than they should be able to without penalty. 

The "smart meters" technology allows drivers to pay by coin, credit card or even cell. The perks of paying by phone is that you can "feed" the meter even if you're blocks away.  Some savvy drivers have discovered a loophole that has allowed them to park in one hour stalls for as many hours as they like, so long as they keep "feeding" the meter from their phones. 

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Hart CEO and Mayor Caldwell unveil rail art program

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Honolulu Rail Project is seeking talented, creative people to beautify rail stations.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Caldwell and Hart CEO Dan Grabauskas unveiled a $5,000,000 rail art program Tuesday.

Hart is looking to hire artists who will create works at the 21 stations along the rail route and at the control center in Waipahu.

The art covers a wide range -- from paving and floor designs to glass work and sculptures.

In order to be selected, artists must demonstrate their knowledge of Hawaii's history and culture. Applications must be submitted at this website before June 20.

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App for this year’s Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii

App for this year’s Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii

Information provided by Mele Pochereva Public Relations:

 

HONOLULU – As the Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii prepares to stage its 2013 edition on May 18 & 19, the festival’s new, free phone app is now available at iTunes, the GooglePlay app store and at HawaiiBookAndMusicFestival.org.

Available on Android and iOS devices, the app offers volumes of festival information, from performance schedules and author appearances to biographies and photos of each presenter and links to local book publishers.

“The new HBMF phone app complements the festival’s website, providing information related to all festival programming and content as well as additional media such as video clips, listening  to author interviews and other content not available on the website,” explained festival Executive Director Roger Jellinek. “You will be able to roam the whole festival at any time, before, during or after the event.”

Kaiser Permanente Promotes Barbara Kashiwabara to Executive Director Ancillary Services

Kaiser Permanente Promotes Barbara Kashiwabara to Executive Director Ancillary Services

New Position Supports a Seamless Process Between Care Delivery and Laboratory Services, Diagnostic Imaging and Pharmacy Services for Patients

HONOLULU, HI – May 14, 2013 – Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced today that Barbara Kashiwabara has been promoted to Executive Director of Ancillary Services for the state’s largest integrated health care organization. In her new role, Kashiwabara will provide strategic and operational leadership for the ancillary health services including laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and pharmacy.

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Kupu Students Learn About Sustainable Development and Operations as Part of Mentorship Day

Kupu Students Learn About Sustainable Development and Operations as Part of Mentorship Day

Students participating in Kupu’s CommunityU program spent the day with The Howard Hughes Corporation to learn about local careers available in sustainable development and operations. Throughout the day, the students shadowed employees in various fields and heard about their life stories and paths to their current positions.

Kupu’s CommunityU program is designed for young adults looking to complete a CBASE (competency based high school diploma) while gaining real world job experience completing natural resource management projects for community nonprofits and government partners. The eight-week program focuses on conservation, sustainability and positive mentorship and provides training and support in the areas of job readiness, personal development, team work and life skills.

Honolulu HomeLoans Announces April Top Producers

Honolulu HomeLoans Announces April Top Producers

Honolulu HomeLoans, Hawaii’s leading mortgage banker, announced today the following retail loan officers who were recognized as the top producers for April 2013. April’s Top Producer, Tim O’Leary, had a volume of $4,702,617.

TOP PRODUCERS

  1. Tim O’Leary                       
  2. Roland Shar                       
  3. Brian Fuller                        
  4. Alan Fentriss                     
  5. Leonard Loventhal         

 

Celebrate Hawaii State Library's 100th Birthday on May 18

Celebrate Hawaii State Library's 100th Birthday on May 18

Hawaii State Library, the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System, is currently celebrating its Centennial Anniversary and will present a Special Birthday Party on Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Library, located at 478 South King Street, will kick off the party at 9:30 a.m. featuring a performance of Scottish bagpipes and dancers, in honor of millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who contributed $100,000 to build the new library which opened on February 1, 1913.  In addition, there will be Chinese Lion and Dragon Dances to ensure good fortune for the Library in the next 100 years.