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Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Prince Kuhio Day Holiday on Mar. 26

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Prince Kuhio Day Holiday on Mar. 26

All public libraries will be closed on Wednesday, March 26 in observance of the Prince Kuhio Day 2014 Holiday.  Due to system maintenance, all library services will be unavailable including access to the HSPLS catalog, Internet reservation scheduling, and online renewals.   

On any other day, please visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for public service hours.

 

Serious job seekers can discover serious opportunities at the Hawaii Career Expo

HONOLULU – The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, with monster.com and Alternate Energy, will host the Hawaii Career Expo to provide “serious opportunities for serious job seekers.”

The Career Expo will take place on Wednesday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall (777 Ward Avenue). The event is free for the first 1,000 who pre-register online at HawaiiCareerExpo.com and who are dressed in business attire. There will also be a drawing at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser booth for a free trip for two to Las Vegas, sponsored by Vacations Hawaii.

14 Finalists to Compete for the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

14 Finalists to Compete for the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

A total of 92 schools enrolled in this year’s aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee, breaking the previous record-high number of schools who participated last year.  School and district level bees have been completed, leaving 14 finalists to compete this Saturday, March 22 for the state crown, airing live at 7 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.  The winner will represent Hawaii at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Students will be asked to spell words in a round-robin style format until all other contestants have been eliminated and only one remains.  That student must correctly spell one final word to become the champion.  Once contestants start to spell a word, they cannot go back and change their order of spelling.  One round of vocabulary testing has been added this year to help prepare for the national competition.

Servco Insurance Services Names Mary-Jean Shiroma Benefits Consultant

Servco Insurance Services Names Mary-Jean Shiroma Benefits Consultant

HONOLULU  – Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) today announced it has hired Mary-Jean Shiroma as Benefits Consultant. In this role, Shiroma will service existing Servco Insurance accounts and develop new business. She will work closely with clients to guide them through emerging trends in employee benefits, the annual renewal process and recommend additional options that complement or enhance their current benefit offerings.

Shiroma joins Servco after two decades in the insurance industry, working with many different employer clients focusing on medical, life, disability, and wellness programs.  Most recently she worked as an account relationship consultant with HMSA.

H&M to open first Hawaii store

H&M to open first Hawaii store

H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), will open its first location in the state of Hawaii on March 27 at noon. The flagship store, located in the Waikiki Business Plaza, will feature 31,000 square feet of fashion!

“We are truly excited to open our first location in the islands at this iconic shopping location in Waikiki,” said Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “People from across the globe travel to Hawaii to experience its very special culture and an environment that is unlike any other in the US or in the world. Our new flagship location will be a great addition to the luxury retail mix on Kalakaua Avenue, giving residents and tourists alike great choices in fashion with great value.”

Opening new stores across the country allows H&M to support local economies where they operate stores. 160 local employees have been hired for the new location, including 20 people that will return from the mainland home to Hawaii.

McDonald’s® restaurants of Hawaii to launch bacon clubhouse sandwiches with its famous sauce

 McDonald’s® restaurants of Hawaii to launch bacon clubhouse sandwiches with its famous sauce

HONOLULU – McDonald’s famous Special Sauce soon can be found on more than just a Big Mac®. McDonald’s of Hawaii will introduce the Bacon Clubhouse sandwiches on March 18 as part of a national rollout. It will be the first sandwiches since the Big Mac to include the restaurant’s not-so-secret Special Sauce.

“Our customers love our classic Big Mac Special Sauce and we are excited to deliver that unique flavor in a new premium sandwich,” said Melanie Okazaki, regional marketing manager of McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii. “With a variety of hearty toppings and a new bun – that alone is something to rave about – the Bacon Clubhouse offers an explosion of flavors with each bite. We think this sandwich is a game changer.”

American Marketing Association Hawaii Recognizes Hawaiian Host as Marketer of the Year

American Marketing Association Hawaii Recognizes Hawaiian Host as Marketer of the Year

The Hawaii chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Hawaii) announced today the winners of its 37th annual AMA Hawaii Marketer of the Year awards. Taking the top award for marketing in 2013 was Hawaiian Host, Inc. who will be recognized with the Marketer of the Year award.

Additional honorees include Hospice Hawaii, for Best Non-Profit Marketing, Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. for Best Marketing of a New Product or Service, Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. for Best E-Marketing, Focus Opus for Best Rebrand Marketing and Hawaii Fashion Incubator for Best Marketing of an Event.

All companies and organizations will be recognized at AMA Hawaii’s annual Hawaii Marketer of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki on April 10. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.amahawaii.org/moy.