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Hawaii's fastest, free WiFi network activated in Kakaako

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Kamehameha Schools today announced the activation of a free, public WiFi
network in Our Kaka‘ako that is one of the fastest and most powerful of its
kind in the nation. The network, launched March 1, is accessible on any wireless
device throughout the Our Kaka‘ako neighborhood, a nine-block area bounded by
Ala Moana Boulevard and South, Halekauwila and Cooke streets.

Castle & Cooke, Kamehameha Schools unveil Kakaako plans

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- By: Bobby Bergonio

Kamehameha schools have announced its collaboration with Castle & Cooke Inc. Home Hawaii in creating housing units for the Kaka'ako area. The multi-million dollar project will develop a total of 183 housing units for an already growing Kaka'ako.

"Castle & Cooke understands and shares our vision for "Our Kaka'ako" and has a deep respect for Hawaii's culture and lands." said Elizabeth Hokada, Vice President for Endowment for Kamehameha Schools.

The estimated cost will be around 60-million and aim to provide units for middle-income workers and families. On the more than 4-acre block, Castle & Cooke and Kamehameha Schools have agreed to plan their buildings separately.

Thousands expected for 2014 Great Aloha Run this morning

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Thousands of walkers and runners are expected to take part in the 30th Annual Great Aloha Run on Monday.   

The 8.15-mile course starts at Aloha Tower, winds its way down Nimitz Highway, Kamehameha Highway and on to Aloha Stadium.

Most downtown streets close to vehicular traffic just before 4 a.m. including Nuuanu to Punchbowl and from Beretania to Nimitz Highway.

The race begins at 7 a.m.

The 2013 Great Aloha Run had nearly 22,000 participants. 

The Great Aloha Run has been recognized as one of the top "100 Great Road Races" by Runner's World Magazine. Over the past 29 years, the 'run' has raised over $10 million for more than 150 non-profit health and human service organizations and community groups throughout Hawaii.

A Cloudy, Wet, and Breezy Aloha Friday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Clouds, showers and eventually strong breezes are forecast for your Valentine's Day. Don't expect to see much sunshine today... or this weekend, for that matter. Winds will be gusty NE 15-25mph by afternoon and into the weekend. Showers will fall mainly windward and mauka but spread leeward from time to time.

Isolated neighborhoods on Kauai and Oahu have received most of the rainfall in the last 24 hours. Accumulations topped 4 inches at gauges along north Kauai.. more than 2 inches in spots along windward Oahu. Those islands are targeted for much of the rainfall this weekend as well. Maui County and the Big Island will be drier.

The wet weather could crank up a notch late Sunday into the first of next week as a Kona low develops west of the islands. Widespread heavy showers will be possible.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY has been posted for north facing shores through Saturday morning.

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

Giving Increased by More Than $28,000 Compared With 2012

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $400,000 in 2013 to 75 local nonprofit organizations, compared to $372,000 in Foundation donations for 2012.

The 2013 beneficiaries included the University of Hawaii Foundation (including for the 55 by ’25 Campaign that aims to have 55% of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year degree by the year 2025), the Hawaii Community Foundation, Enterprise Honolulu, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Teach for America, American Red Cross and Aloha United Way.

“We congratulate our many local nonprofits for continuing to strive for a better and stronger Hawaii, and are happy to do our part as a local company,” said FICOH CEO Allen Uyeda. “We look forward to helping more organizations carry out their missions in 2014.”

Former fighter pilot to lead Punchbowl cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is getting a new director.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a former Air Force fighter pilot will become the new director of Punchbowl cemetery on March 9.

James Horton will be responsible for all administrative, burial and maintenance operations at the Honolulu cemetery.

The 1983 Air Force Academy graduate formerly served in Hawaii as Pacific Air Forces inspector general and as the command's assistant director for operations, plans, requirements and programs.

Horton has more than 4,200 flying hours in T-38, RF-4 and F-16 aircraft.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel in 2011. He is currently the deputy inspector general at Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas.

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Servco Automotive Acquires Island Subaru on Maui

Servco Automotive Acquires Island Subaru on Maui

HONOLULU – Servco Automotive (Servco) today announced it has acquired the assets of Maui’s Island Subaru dealership in Kahului.  Servco purchased the dealership from Kitagawa Motors. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. 


Island Subaru will operate as Servco Subaru on Maui at its existing location.  In 2013, the Maui Subaru dealership sold 207 vehicles. Servco Automotive now owns three Subaru dealerships in the state – two on Oahu and one on Maui.


“2013 was an amazing year of growth for Subaru both nationally and across the state and we’re excited to bring Servco’s commitment to great customer service to the Maui Subaru ‘ohana in 2014,” said Rick Ching, President, Servco Automotive.


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