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Show Your Aloha Spirit By Purchasing Aloha Festivals Merchandise

Show Your Aloha Spirit By Purchasing Aloha Festivals Merchandise

HONOLULU – The Aloha Festivals proudly presents its 2014 merchandise collection to mark its 68th year celebrating Hawaiian culture and heritage. The 2014 Aloha Festivals merchandise – ribbons, power bands and T-shirts – reflects the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace through its sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa in honor of this year’s theme “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“We invite the public to join us in celebrating and supporting Hawaii’s premier kamaʻaina festival,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The proceeds made from the Aloha Festivals ribbons and power bands allow us to share Hawaii’s history and culture with the community through our free events during the month of September.”

Medical Grants Available for Children in Hawaii

HONOLULU – The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan or TRICARE.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. 

Pan-Pacific Festival Names Christine Kubota Advisory Committee Chair

Pan-Pacific Festival Names Christine Kubota Advisory Committee Chair

HONOLULU – Christine Kubota has been appointed as the new Chair of the Pan-Pacific Festival Advisory Committee. Kubota’s role is to lead the efforts for Pan-Pacific Festival events, be a liaison with community partners and provide strategic fundraising support. She replaces Benjamin Fukumoto, who served as the chairman for the past nine years.

Kubota is an attorney at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert practicing in corporate, commercial and real estate law since 1988. Her practice also includes immigration law, estate planning and employment matters that address the needs of her Japanese clients. Kubota graduated from Chaminade University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Asian Studies and from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific with a juris doctor degree.

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Labor Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Labor Day Holiday

In observance of the Labor Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed from Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1.

Four libraries normally closed on Fridays will be open on Friday, August 29:  Aiea Public Library, Hawaii Kai Public Library, Liliha Public Library, and Makawao Public Library.

In addition, Kealakekua Public Library, normally closed on Thursdays, will be open on Thursday, August 28.

Please visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for more information.

 

Two Public Libraries Reopen Following Tent Fumigation Closures

Two  Public Libraries Reopen Following Tent Fumigation Closures

The Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH) and Makawao Public Library (Maui) have reopened after successful tent fumigation projects during the Statehood Day Holiday weekend.

Both libraries have resumed their normal public service schedule.  For the libraries’ public service hours, please visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org or call the libraries: LBPH - 733-8444 and Makawao Public Library - 573-8785.  

 

Kahala Mall Hosts Keiki Day on August 23

Kahala Mall Hosts Keiki Day on August 23

 

Enjoy a fun day of exciting, free keiki activities at Kahala Mall’s much anticipated, annual Keiki Day which will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in free activities for your keiki throughout the mall such as mini golf, HPD Keiki ID, balloon artists, healthy snack stations by Whole Foods Market and more! Dreams will come true with a special meet-and-greet with Storybook princesses Elsa, Anna, Snow White and Belle by Macy’s from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to this annual family friendly event. We’re inviting everyone in the community as this is an all-ages event,” said Floyd Williamson, Kahala Mall General Manager. “This event will get keiki of all ages moving and grooving with three hours of interactive activities that the whole family will be sure to enjoy.”

Young Slack Key Guitar Virtuoso Performs at Hawaii State Library

Young Slack Key Guitar Virtuoso Performs at Hawaii State Library

Danny Carvalho, one of Hawaii’s youngest slack key guitar virtuosos and a 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee, will present a free concert at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, August 23 at noon in the Lobby.

In addition to his slack key artistry, Carvalho is known for his soulful singing of both traditional and contemporary favorites.  This young and rising star has achieved many musical milestones including: the first slack key player to be featured on the nationally-syndicated program “From The Top” in 2004, two appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2006 and 2011, Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee in 2009 for his CD “Somewhere” in the “Slack Key Album of the Year” category, and his music was featured in Alexander Payne’s Academy Award-winning film “The Descendants.”