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Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union Partners with Toys for Tots

Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union Partners with Toys for Tots

In the spirit of giving during the holidays, Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union collected donations of new toys from its members and employees for the annual Toys for Tots. The toy drive supports less fortunate children within the community.

         Hawaii Pacific Federal collected donations at its main branch in the Ala Moana Building and Pearlridge branch during the months of November and December. Gifts collected included board games, dolls, art supplies, toy cars and much more.

         “Our members and employees have always been generous during the holiday season, so we are happy to join together with Toys for Tots because of their consistent and ongoing support in Hawaii’s community, “ said Mark Yamane, president of Hawaii Pacific Federal.

Hawaii Pacific Federal has been participating in a community giving program since 2002.

Safety Essay Winners Announced

Safety Essay Winners Announced

The Honolulu Association of Insurance Professionals (HAIP) has announced the winners of its thirteenth annual Safety Essay Contest. More than 100 public high school students submitted heartfelt stories that highlighted the devastation to students, families and friends as a result of accidents due to distracted driving.

Tara Okahara, an eleventh grader at Moanalua High School, took top honors for her unique essay about the dangers of cell phone distractions while driving as told from the point of view of a guardian angel.   She and second place winner Nicole Carlson of James Campbell High School, third place winner Nicole Takahashi of Moanalua High School and fourth place winner Ayumi Davis of Moanalua High School each received a cash prize, award plaque and gifts from HAIP sponsors.

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

The Island Insurance Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging Society in support of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a and its sister vessel Hikianalia’s Worldwide Voyage. The Island Insurance Foundation’s $50,000 pledge will entail a $10,000 donation for each of the five legs that comprise the Worldwide Voyage.

Recently, the Hokule`a and Hikianalia traveled together for the first time to complete the first of five legs, navigating 1,000 miles around the state. The final leg of the Worldwide Voyage is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with the entire journey taking both vessels 45,000 nautical miles, circumnavigating the Island Earth, with visits to more than 60 ports in more than 20 countries.




HONOLULU – Safeway Hawaii stores across the state are partnering with each island’s food bank – Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai; Maui Food Bank; and The Food Basket on the Big Island – to launch the “Help Us End Hunger” food drive this holiday season.

The “Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts)” effort makes it easy for shoppers to donate to local food banks by filling grocery bags with items the food banks need most. The specially packed grocery bags containing Safeway and Kraft food products include canned tuna, peanut butter, pasta, and canned vegetables. The bags are available for $10 each at all Safeway Hawaii stores through December 25.


La Pietra’s traditional musical celebration is a great way to kick off the holiday season. This year’s concert features the Select Choir, 6th and 8th grade music classes, talented instrumentalists and The Faculty Singers – all directed by Shari Lynn, well-known performer and La Pietra’s director of music.


Where:           La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, Barbara Cox Anthony Gymnasium

                        2933 Poni Moi Rd.


When:            Tuesday, December 10, 2009

        6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Holiday Music Comes to Life at Moanalua Medical Center

Patients, visitors and staff at Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center were serenaded with the sounds of the holidays today. The Melemai Kapu’uwaimai Strolling Carolers shared the gift of live music, a cappela, to brighten the season.

Nearly 20 singers visited pediatrics, The Family Birth Center and various locations throughout the hospital. The annual event is enjoyed by staff and patients alike. Some of the holiday favorites included, “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger.”

The Melemai Kapu’uwaimai singers can also be seen at a holiday concert Friday December 20 at 7 p.m. at our Savior Lutheran Church.  Admission is $10.

Hawaii Meth Project Announces Winners of Statewide “Break the Ice” Art Contest

Announcement of social media-driven art contest winners kicks off first-ever national Meth Awareness Week

The Hawaii Meth Project today announced the winners of its statewide “Break the Ice” art contest to kick off the first-ever national Meth Awareness Week, observed November 30 through December 7. The “Break the Ice” art contest was aimed at communicating the risks of methamphetamine, and provided a way for teens to be recognized for their artistic ability while learning about the harmful effects of this drug.