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Roof collapse prompts reprioritization of school inspections

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Structural engineers are trying to figure out what caused the Farrington High School roof to collapse and the state plans to make precautions to prevent another accident.

There's growing concerns about aging buildings at schools across our state. The Department of Education will inspect all school buildings similar to the collapsed auditorium.

For now workers are putting up steel pipes on the side to reinforce the walls to prevent them from collapsing.

Talk about lucky it happened on a Friday there was not school, because Monday there was a freshman assembly planned for inside and there would have been 500 kids sitting beneath the collapsed area.

"When I went in it just floored me. My heart sank. We'll rebuild but I think right now we're in a state of shock," said Al Carganilla, Farrington High School Principal.

An Early Christmas Present to All Lexus Owners!

An Early Christmas Present to All Lexus Owners!

HONOLULU –  ServcoLexus.com – Servco Lexus is pleased to announce that from Sunday, November 25 through Wednesday, December 31, all Lexus owners can enjoy a special, discounted valet service rate of $4 at Ala Moana Shopping Center when entering at the Nordstrom valet service area in their Lexus vehicle.  Regular valet fee is $6.

“We received such a great response from last year, we’ve decided to help make the holidays a little less stressful by again offering this discounted valet rate to all Lexus customers during the hectic holiday shopping season,” said Charles Lee, General Manager of Servco Lexus.  “During this busy time of the year, we want to make it easier and faster for Lexus drivers to get in and out of Ala Moana Shopping Center, so they can spend time shopping for friends and relatives.”

Please note that to take advantage of the discount, Lexus owners must be in their Lexus vehicle at

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Harnesses Technology to Benefit both Clients and Agents with new

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Harnesses Technology to Benefit both Clients and Agents with new

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Harnesses Technology to Benefit both Clients and Agents with new “On Island” YouTube channel

HONOLULU – Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP) is harnessing technology to stay on the cutting edge of the real estate market to benefit both clients and Agents with the launch of its new “On Island” YouTube video channel (http://www.youtube.com/CBPacificOnIsland).  Using the popular YouTube video portal, which is the second-largest search engine in the world with more than two billion views a day, CBP is taking the task of searching for real estate to new levels by providing its clients’ properties with instant exposure to an international audience that is almost twice the prime-time audience of all three major television networks combined.

Video tours on You Tube are nothing new.

HSPLS Receives First Hawaii Excellence in Technology Award

HSPLS Receives First Hawaii Excellence in Technology Award

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) has earned the first State of Hawaii Excellence in Technology Award in the category of Improving State Operations.  State Chief Information Officer Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, and a panel of IT experts bestowed the honor on HSPLS Chief Technology Officer Paola Saibene and her Electronic Services Support Section (ESSS) staff for their contributions to HSPLS and the people of Hawaii

Over the past eighteen months, Saibene and the ESSS staff have implemented an amazing number and variety of IT improvements, upgrades and enhancements, and their effects continue to be realized every day by patrons and staff alike.  HSPLS has been increasingly recognized by information, communications and IT experts for our many accomplishments, leading some of our vendors to pursue new and unique partnerships such as the Microsoft IT Academy, which provides free online digital literacy and technology training which can lead to official Micro

UH FOUNDATION HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING TAGLINE

UH FOUNDATION HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING TAGLINE

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai‘i Foundation's tagline "For our University, our Hawai‘i, our Future" was selected as a 2012 award winner in the grantmaking organization category by over 3,300 voters (nonprofit professionals and interested others). It was lauded for "thoroughly communicating the value of its work while evoking every Hawaiian’s typically loyal ties to this special place and its future. You hear the love!"

 

Electric Vehicle drivers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday!

Electric Vehicle drivers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday!

 

HONOLULUwww.VoltaCharging.com – Volta Industries (Volta) today announced as of Nov. 1 it has given away over 62,000 miles of charging during more than 2,000 free charging sessions via its 10 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of the Volta Network.

“Thanks to our sponsors, EV drivers on Oahu have saved the equivalent of $10,000 in gasoline charges, offsetting enough CO2 to fill 10 Washington Monuments,” said Scott Mercer.  “With new stations being installed each month across Oahu, we expect that number to shoot even higher, to give away more than half a million miles in Hawaii in 2013.”

HSPLS 2012 Employee and Team of the Year Winners Selected

HSPLS 2012 Employee and Team of the Year Winners Selected

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is proud to announce the selection of our 2012 Employee of the Year and Team of the Year recipients.                                                                                               

Our Employee of the Year is Mary Ann Collignon, Young Adult Librarian at Kapolei Public Library.  Collignon, who has an incredible, upbeat attitude and positive personality, has worked for HSPLS for 23 years on the Bookmobile, as a Young Adult Librarian and as Branch Manager