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TRAFFIC ALERT: Ala Moana Boulevard Lane Closures

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Construction on Ala Moana Boulevard will cause some lane closures this week between Smith Street and Kalakaua Avenue.

According to the Department of Transportation, multiple lanes will close in both directions on Ala Moana Boulevard in both directions from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 21.

Crews will be paving, installing street lights, and repairing sidewalks.

Traffic detours will also take place at the following locations:

-Westbound traffic may be detoured between Queen Street and Ward Avenue on Auahi Street as a detour route.

-Access to Ohe Street and Koula Street from Ala Moana Boulevard will be closed. Eastbound motorists may use Coral Street and Ilalo Street and westbound motorists may use Ilalo Street as an alternate route.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes including Beretania Street, King Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.

Surfers complain about new Kakaako venture

KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new venture that replaced the John Dominis restaurant in Kakaako is creating quite a stir. 53 by the Sea, which includes wedding chapels, a restaurant and a bar, recently held its soft opening. Now complaints have come up about parking problems.

53 by the Sea sits right on the waterfront, offering a breathtaking view of Diamond Head. The $16-million project includes two chapels, an Italian restaurant and a bar. The facility is near a parking lot for Kakaako Waterfront Park. Frustrated bodysurfers said contractors and workers have been taking up the stalls for months.

"When they started building this structure, the construction guys came in and they used half the parking," said bodysurfer Doug Palama.

New effort aimed at saving lives, money when dealing with homeless

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- There are an estimated one thousand unsheltered homeless on the streets of Oahu. Efforts are now getting underway to determine how many of them are the most medically vulnerable and at-risk.

Partners in Care, an organization of homeless service providers, is spearheading Oahu's part the "100,000 Homes Campaign," a national effort to place the chronically homeless into permanent shelters. Some 200 volunteers will be fanning out in Waikiki, Downtown Honolulu and the Waianae coast, surveying the unsheltered homeless to find the 100 who are most at-risk.

"You target the top hundred who have the most vulnerable medical needs, and then you put them into housing with wrap-around services, so they're getting the mental health assistance that they need, they're getting the medical assistance that they need, they're getting the case management that they need," said Kent Anderson, the project coordinator for Partners in Care.

Bennet Group Hires Shin, Promotes Salter

Bennet Group Strategic Communications, Hawai‘i’s fourth largest public relations firm by revenue, announced on Thursday that Su Shin has been hired as senior vice president. In addition, Monica Salter has been promoted from senior account manager to director.

“Su and Monica are both business-savvy public relations professionals who meet client objectives by offering meaningful and thoughtful strategic counsel,” said Joan Bennet, president of Bennet Group. “With her impressive background, both as a TV reporter and respected communications professional, Su will provide high-level strategic communications counsel, as well as drive new business and continue to build upon Bennet Group’s reputation as Hawai‘i’s go-to agency for strategic guidance and creative solutions. Monica’s commitment to green initiatives distinguishes her as an innovator in aligning clients’ missions with sustainable strategies, and we are excited for her continued growth within the company.”

Red Cross Course Calendar (Oahu - October)

Red Cross Course Calendar (Oahu - October)

Standard First Aid, learn emergency action steps and first aid procedures for injuries and sudden illnesses; American Red Cross certification upon completion; 1:00am – 5:00pm October 2, 24; classes are based on availability and subject to change.  American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road; $70; register by calling 1-800-733-2767.

CPR/AED Adult, get trained to recognize and care for victims of life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies and learn how to use an AED for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies on adults; American Red Cross certification upon completion; 8:30am – 12:30pm October 2, 24, ; classes are based on availability and subject to change.  American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road; $70; register by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Bishop Museum to host Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Japanese-American World War II Veterans

Bishop Museum to host Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Japanese-American World War II Veterans

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HONOLULU — The Bishop Museum has been selected as one of seven museums in the country to play host in 2013 to the Congressional Gold Medal awarded in 2011 to Japanese-American, or Nisei, World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments. Hawai‘i’s Senior Senator Daniel K. Inouye along with Blair D.

First Insurance Company's Communications Director Brings Home Top Award

First Insurance Company's Communications Director Brings Home Top Award

FIRST INSURANCE COMPANY'S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR BRINGS HOME TOP AWARD IN ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION

Kaela Wasnich, corporate communication specialist at First Insurance Company of Hawaii, is among an elite group of business communicators who earned the highest award in the 2012 "Make Your Mark" Silver Quill Award Competition.

Wasnich's "First Insurance Centennial" entry earned a Silver Quill "Award of Excellence," the top honor given by the International Association of Business Communicators' (IABC) Pacific Plains Region, comprising 20 chapters in 19 states from Wisconsin to Hawaii and Arizona to North Dakota.

More than 6,000 business communicators throughout the region were invited to submit entries in the competition. Of the 36 Silver Quills awarded this year, only 13 were Awards of Excellence.