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Hawaii nonprofits are getting creative with social media this holiday season to attract awareness and donations to their cause. On Dec. 2, a global campaign started by New York nonprofit 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation called #GivingTuesday will kick off its third year, designating 24 hours to celebrate generosity after a Black Friday weekend notorious for consumerism. Many Hawaii nonprofits will join the campaign, including The Honolulu Community Action Program, which is part of…
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ValueRock Realty Partners, the California-based real estate investment firm, which owns and manages more than 600,000 square feet of retail properties across Hawaii, has purchased the Hawaii Kai Towne Center's buildings from Kamehameha Schools for an undisclosed price, the $9.2 billion trust said Wednesday. "The transition of Hawaii Kai Towne Center from a fully-owned Kamehameha Schools property to one where KS retains the land but sells its improvements strengthens our perpetual endowment in support…
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As Black Friday, the day that retailers historically have counted on to catapult them to profitability for the year, approaches, Fred Paine, the general manager of Pearlridge Center said that he is "cautiously optimistic" about holiday sales. "We forecast an increase of about one to two percent over 2013," Paine said. "We are cautiously optimistic that sales will exceed that estimate, but we feel confident in predicting at least that increase, based upon our monthly sales increases in 2014 over…
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Martin & MacArthur, the koa wood furniture, jewelry and accessories maker, plans to open its second Kauai store at The Shops at Kukuiula on Kauai on Tuesday and two Las Vegas stores next year. "Martin & MacArthur is delighted to be at the Shops at Kukuiula," said Martin & MacArthur President and CEO Michael Tam in a statement. "We look forward to sharing the fine koa craftsmanship of our Hawaii craftsmen." The store makes furniture and watches, rings, sunglasses, and covers for iPhones and iPads…
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The Oahu region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) is facing a $4.9 million deficit for the current fiscal year of 2015, it told the State Legislature's House Committee yesterday. In the seventh of eight hearings scheduled statewide, the HHSC chief financial officer, chief executive officer, and board chair urged the health committee to provide funding to allow its Oahu facilities to continue services. Held in a Leahi Hospital room crowded with officials and Legislators, the hearing was…
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Like a lot of people, Deborah Spotkaeff will spend Thanksgiving in the kitchen, but she's not cooking for just one family. Rather, the food and beverage assistant at the Ala Moana Hotel will help carry on a fifth-year tradition at the hotel — cooking Thanksgiving takeout meals for hundreds of people. Take out meals for Thanksgiving have become a huge industry in the United States. The National Restaurant Association said that in 2013, four million people ordered a full, take-out Thanksgiving…
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Honolulu-based community bank Pacific Rim Bank announced that it will merge with First Foundation Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Irvine, California-based First Foundation Inc., the companies announced in a release. FFI (NASDAQ:FFWM) is a financial services company that provides investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust and banking services primarily to high-net-worth individuals and businesses. Founded in 1990, it has offices in California and Las Vegas, Nevada. It also has wealth…
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Hawaii developer Stanford Carr plans to file an application for a development permit with the Hawaii Community Development Authority early next year for his 11-story, 128-unit affordable rental project at the corner of Piikoi and Kona streets in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako. Carr presented his plans for "Hale Kewalo" Tuesday night at the monthly scheduled Ala Moana/Kakaako Neighborhood Board meeting. The board unanimously supported the project. He noted that the project is targeted at Hawaii…
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Maxxam Enterprises, a Bevery Hills, California-based commercial real estate investment firm, recently closed the sale the Maui Lu Resort to Japan-based Capbridge Group, according to a release. The sales price was not disclosed but was reported to be in the upper-$60 million range. Maxxam Enterprises had owned the property since 2002. Capbridge Group plans a $300-million redevelopment at the 28-acre beachfront property at 575 South Kihei Road in Kihei, demolishing the current structure and building…
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Eamonn Kinsella, who had been the head of Burns & McDonnell's Pacific Region office in Honolulu, which opened a little more than a year ago, has left the Kansas City, Missouri-based engineering firm to take a similar position with Bureau Veritas. "I first said 'no' to this company [and] I wasn't ready to move, but something changed at Burns and there's a big job to be done with Bureau Veritas," the building trades industry veteran told PBN on Wednesday. "I think this is my last stop. I have the…



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