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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $220,000 to Community Organizations

 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $220,000 to Community Organizations

Reinforcing its commitment to improving the total health and well-being of its community, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced five organizations who will benefit from a combined total of more than $220,000 in community grant funds.

Hokulani and Lunalilo Elementary Schools Awarded Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

Hokulani and Lunalilo Elementary Schools Awarded Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS), a Maui-based solar PV design and installation company, has awarded two education grants totaling $2,718 for solar energy-related projects at Hokulani Elementary School and King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School, both Kaimuki Complex schools.

 

Hokulani Elementary School received the entire amount requested, $1,402.15, to explore the application of PV systems and their use in powering LEGO® robotic projects at the school. Teachers Marcus Pottenger, Naomi Oshiro and Laurie Yoshinaga submitted the grant with Hokulani’s principal, Holly Kiyonaga.

 

King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School received $1,316.60 to participate statewide, with the Hokulea and Hikianalia, in the first science project on hydroponics. Lunalilo has focused on sustainability for the past three years and was adopted by the Hokulea as it travels on its three-year worldwide voyage. Principal Amy Kantrowitz submitted the proposal.

Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is planning a second round of coffee sampling from September 16 to 29 where customers can get a free small hot cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants, no purchase necessary. In Hawaii only, the coffee is a unique Royal Kona Blend that now comes in a richer and bolder flavor. It is freshly roasted in Hawaii and supplied to McDonald’s by Hawaii Coffee Company.

“McDonald’s of Hawaii has been serving our Royal Kona Blend brand since its first restaurant opened in Aina Haina in 1968,” said Jim Lenhart, Hawaii Coffee Company vice president of sales and service. “We’re proud of our more than 40-year partnership and have enjoyed working with McDonald’s of Hawaii to develop quality local products for McDonald’s customers.”

Hawaii Gymnasts Represent US at World Championships

Hawaii Gymnasts Represent US at World Championships

By: Taylor Preza

Three local gymnasts recently competed at the USA Gymnastics National Team Selection Camp in Huntsville, Texas (the USA Gymnastics Olympic Training Center) and won international assignments.

2015 Hawaii Red Cross Hero Nominations Now Open!

2015 Hawaii Red Cross Hero Nominations Now Open!

Do you know a hero – someone who has saved a life, made our community a safer place or gone above and beyond to help someone in need?

Each year, the Hawaii Red Cross celebrates and honors local citizens who exemplify the spirit of humanitarianism in line with the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering by coming to the aid of disaster victims, helping to save lives, and assisting military service members and their families.

The Hawaii Red Cross needs your help identifying local heroes! If you know a person or group that fits into one of the five Red Cross Hero categories below, submit a nomination form to honor their actions! (Note: act or activity must have taken place after July 1, 2013)

Student Artists Receive Mayoral Awards/Returns from Japan's World Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Student Artists Receive Mayoral Awards/Returns from Japan's World Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

HONOLULUToyotaHawaii.com – The last week of August this year, Toyota Hawaii flew 13-year-old Teah Laupapa, from Kapolei, and 12-year-old Emma Thain, from Koloa, Kauai, to Japan for an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the World Dream Car Art Contest. The two girls, along with each set of parents, toured the city of Nagoya, visited a Buddhist temple, and painted a lantern. Laupapa recalls, “I liked the fact that I got to bond with my parents through the experience and that we were able to learn so much about the Japanese culture. Both Laupapa and Thain received an award of “Best Finalist” for their respective creations at the World Art Contest in Japan. (All winners’ artwork can be seen “here.”)