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Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii Hosts Twilight Event to Benefit Helping Hands Ready to Learn Program

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii Hosts Twilight Event to Benefit  Helping Hands Ready to Learn Program

 

Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii will have extended hours on Saturday, July 19, from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. with discounted admission pricing after 4 p.m.  Those who donate $10 worth of school supplies to the Helping Hands Program at the door or at any Central Pacific Bank location will be entitled to all day admission at the "Twilight" rate of $19.99 — that’s over 55 percent in savings off of regular admission!

HSPLS Adds 11 Foreign Languages to Electronic Database on July 1

HSPLS Adds 11 Foreign Languages to Electronic Database on July 1

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will add 11 foreign languages to its Mango Languages electronic database on Tuesday, July 1.  Mango Languages, an online language-learning software system, debuted its Hawaiian language resource for library patrons on our HSPLS website in December 2013, and since then HSPLS patrons have been able to learn the Hawaiian language anytime, anywhere, free via the Mango Languages resource. 

The additional languages, all free, are: Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swahili, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern), and Arabic (modern standard).

The Mango Languages system offers a unique learning environment that allows patrons to take lessons at their own pace.  Memory-building exercises are embedded into each unit to ensure that patrons retain what they learn.

Picnic on the Pier at the Battleship Missouri Memorial for Independence Day

Picnic on the Pier at the Battleship Missouri Memorial for Independence Day

What: Steel Beach Picnic

When: Friday, July 4
6:00 p.m. – Picnic begins
9:00 p.m. – Fireworks show

Where: Battleship Missouri Memorial, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Cost: General Admission: $10; Child Admission (Ages 4-12): $5; Free for Mighty Mo members

Admission: To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/ussmsteelpicnic or bring cash to pay at the door. Roundtrip complimentary shuttle service will be available from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Offers Free Keiki Car-Seat Safety Checks To The Public

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Offers Free Keiki Car-Seat Safety Checks To The Public

HONOLULU – As part of its commitment to keeping Hawaii’s keiki safe, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is continuing its free car-seat safety inspections this Friday, June 27, and the fourth Friday of every following month this year. The inspections, which are being offered to all members of the public, are performed by certified car-seat technicians from FICOH’s Claims and Risk & Safety Management staff. 

 

What:

Free keiki car-seat safety checks

 

Upcoming dates:

Fridays, June 27, July 25 and August 22; half-hour appointments available between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

 

Where:

Celebrate the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk

Celebrate the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk

Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July for the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. The Festival celebrates the island culture by the beautifull sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.

"Hawaiian steel guitar is truly synonymous with our islands and we're thrilled to be back at Waikiki Beach Walk to celebrate and showcase this wonderful intstrument that was created right here in Hawaii," renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, music teacher, and director of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, Alan Akaka, said. "It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama'aina will join us."

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

         In observance of the Independence Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed from Friday through Sunday, July 4 – 6. 

        Prior to the holiday observance, the following 15 public libraries will be open with special hours on these days:

  • June 30 (Monday):

          Oahu – Aina Haina Public Library, McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Waialua Public Library, Wahiawa Public Library, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, Waipahu Public Library;

          Big Island – 

          Hilo Public Library, Kailua-Kona Public Library, Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library;

Spike in Luxury Home Market Sales on Oahu in May

Spike in Luxury Home Market Sales on Oahu in May

HONOLULU – Oahu home and condominium sales saw a significant spike in the luxury market in May, with the strongest movement in the $1 to $2 million range, according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP), Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

 

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for more than $1 million in May 2014 on Oahu.

 

Oahu saw 84 luxury sales close last month. Oahu’s housing market is on an upward trend compared to the average number of homes sold in January through April 2014 (56 homes sales per month) and 62 home sales in May 2013.