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Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is planning a second round of coffee sampling from September 16 to 29 where customers can get a free small hot cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants, no purchase necessary. In Hawaii only, the coffee is a unique Royal Kona Blend that now comes in a richer and bolder flavor. It is freshly roasted in Hawaii and supplied to McDonald’s by Hawaii Coffee Company.

“McDonald’s of Hawaii has been serving our Royal Kona Blend brand since its first restaurant opened in Aina Haina in 1968,” said Jim Lenhart, Hawaii Coffee Company vice president of sales and service. “We’re proud of our more than 40-year partnership and have enjoyed working with McDonald’s of Hawaii to develop quality local products for McDonald’s customers.”

Community Supports Gym Revitalization Project

Community Supports Gym Revitalization Project

Sacred Hearts Academy received $150,000 in community support for a gym revitalization project supporting the school’s initiative to enhance fitness and sports programs.  The $1.7 million project includes new sports flooring, bleachers, energy-efficient lighting, scoreboard, locker rooms and a weight training fitness room. 

Community donors to the Gym Revitalization project include:  First Hawaiian Bank, $75,000; Strong Foundation, $50,000; Pettus Foundation, $10,000; Matson Foundation, $10,000 and Central Pacific Bank, $5,000. 

Design Build Hawaii, contractor for the project, expects the athletic facilities to be completed by October.  Sacred Hearts Academy has dedicated $18 million in capital improvements since 2007. 

Student Artists Receive Mayoral Awards/Returns from Japan's World Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Student Artists Receive Mayoral Awards/Returns from Japan's World Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

HONOLULUToyotaHawaii.com – The last week of August this year, Toyota Hawaii flew 13-year-old Teah Laupapa, from Kapolei, and 12-year-old Emma Thain, from Koloa, Kauai, to Japan for an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the World Dream Car Art Contest. The two girls, along with each set of parents, toured the city of Nagoya, visited a Buddhist temple, and painted a lantern. Laupapa recalls, “I liked the fact that I got to bond with my parents through the experience and that we were able to learn so much about the Japanese culture. Both Laupapa and Thain received an award of “Best Finalist” for their respective creations at the World Art Contest in Japan. (All winners’ artwork can be seen “here.”)

Windward Mall to Welcome Popular Local Diner in 2015

Windward Mall to Welcome Popular Local Diner in 2015

Windward Mall has some big news to share as it prepares to welcome iconic local eatery Big City Diner in early 2015. The restaurant will take over the 5,411 square-foot space recently occupied by IHOP, providing shoppers with its selection of popular local dishes including Uncle Danny’s Kim Chee Fried Rice, the Original Samurai Li-Hing Lemonade and Really Loco, Loco Moco with Fresh & Local Ka Lei Eggs.

For more than 16 years Big City Diner has been O‘ahu’s Hawaiian-style diner, serving as a go-to destination for fresh, hearty meals served in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The award-winning restaurant has been recognized with numerous local awards including Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s People Choice Awards.

Hawai‘i Pacific University Nursing Program to Hold First White Coat Ceremony

Hawai‘i Pacific University Nursing Program to Hold First White Coat Ceremony

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) will hold its first White Coat Ceremony for its nursing program on Sept. 29, as part of a national pilot program. This ceremony, which will be held at the Hawaii Loa Campus, is designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among future health professionals.

“Schools of medicine have been conducting White Coat Ceremonies for over 20 years. By participating in this pilot, nurse educators will gain valuable information about the impact of the ceremony on role development in nursing students,” said Dr. Lynette Landry, dean of HPU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Fall into Fun Festivities at Windward Mall

Fall into Fun Festivities at Windward Mall

Summer vacation has officially ended, but the fun has just begun – get ready for the many exciting events at Windward Mall this fall!

Support some of Hawai‘i’s happiest and healthiest keiki as they hit the stage for The Healthy Baby Contest Preliminary on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The beat goes on with the 24-VII Danceforce Heartbeat Showcase starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. 

And this October get decked out for Mall-O-Ween 2014! P.A.R.E.N.T.S. Inc will sponsor its annual spook-tacular Halloween Costume Contest on October 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Also, don’t forget to join us on Halloween, October 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – for family friendly trick-or-treating throughout the mall.

Windward Mall’s September & October events include:

Outrigger Resorts Signs on for Another Year at Highest Level of UH Athletics Sponsorship

Outrigger Resorts Signs on for Another Year at Highest Level of UH Athletics Sponsorship

Outrigger Resorts announced that it has renewed its partnership with the University of Hawaii Athletics as a Diamond Corporate Sponsor, building on nearly 21 years of support for UH student-athletes. As a Diamond Corporate Sponsor, Outrigger Resorts will be among the top tier of UH Corporate Partners. And that’s not the only thing to cheer about – UH Athletics fans can celebrate the long-time partnership with Outrigger’s FANtastic Deal, featuring special rates at select Outrigger properties until December 21, 2014.

“Our partnership with University of Hawaii Athletics is a home run given our shared commitment to help support the next generation of community leaders at the University of Hawaii,” said David Carey, president and chief executive officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “All of us at Outrigger are extremely proud to be a part of the UH Athletics ohana, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”