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Meet Hawaii found a unique way to donate to charity and bring more people to its booth at a recent trade show in Toronto, Canada. Meet Hawaii, the marketing team in charge of meetings, incentives and conventions for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, recently launched the Share Aloha campaign to engage its meeting and incentive planner customers in promoting Hawaii and supporting a charitable cause. Before the trade show, Meet Hawaii sent a single slipper to its key accounts in the area, asking them…
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The second annual Hawaii Yoga Festival is expected to draw a crowd of 2,500 yoga enthusiasts to Kalani in the Big Island's Puna district from Nov. 9-16. Kalani is the state's largest nonprofit yoga and retreat center and will host and serve as the center of many of the festival's activities. Kalani's mission is to present nature, culture and wellness in sustainable, educational programs that honor Hawaii's native and diverse culture. The yoga festival will feature classes and events centered on…
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HomeStreet Bank has launched a new community business loan program offering loans up to $250,000 to small business owners in Hawaii. The loans could be used to bridge a cash flow gap, purchase new equipment or inventory, or to expand business. Loans larger than $250,000 would be directed to HomeStreet's commercial business loan program. In Hawaii, HomeStreet Bank has mostly been involved in the mortgage banking side, but it hopes this loan product will expand its business banking presence in the…
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Aqua Engineers, which already has a long-term operational services contract to receive, treat and dispose of the Army's wastewater at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, is looking at acquiring four other utilities in Hawaii and on the Mainland, including wastewater, water and power utilities. The Kauai-based water and wastewater management company and defense contractor is riding the wave of a mandate for private utilities on military installations enacted during the Carter administration. "We looked…
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Current Affairs marked its 30 years in business as an event planning and production company in Hawaii with a charity event called "Heroes of Aloha" to support five local nonprofit organizations. The Saturday evening event was moved to the Neal Blaisdell Area from the Waikiki Shell because of the rain generated by Hurricane Ana. The event included a screening of the film "Legends of the Knight." The five nonprofits to benefit from the event were Hospice Hawaii, the Joshua Neves Children's Foundation,…
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Two Australians have opened a new gym called Anytime Fitness, in the former Social Security Administration offices in Kapolei. Anytime Fitness, a franchise, recently opened at 563 Farrington Highway in the Halekuai Center, said Jeremy Buttsworth, one of they gym's owners. His partner is Tomos Bramwell, an investment banker. Buttsworth said the 4,500-square-foot gym is the only one within 10 miles of Kapolei that offers 24-hour access. He said that he was a trainer in Australia and decided he wanted…
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu expects to make a decision by the first quarter of next year whether or not to build a new high school in West Oahu that would be nearly the same size of Maryknoll School in Honolulu, the diocese's largest school, the head of the real estate for the diocese told PBN. In 2007, the diocese bought two adjacent parcels totaling 23 acres at the corner of Fort Weaver Road and Old Fort Weaver Road for the purposes of relocating the Immaculate Conception church in…
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Hawaii's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in September, the lowest jobless rate in more than six years, from 4.7 percent during the same month a year ago, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Monday. The September seasonally adjusted jobless rate last month was also lower than the August rate, which was 4.3 percent. The national unemployment rate in September dropped to 5.9 percent from 7.2 percent in September 2013. The September figure was the…
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Nearly half of the lots in a 25-lot residential subdivision on Oahu's North Shore overlooking the famed Waimea Bay have been purchased for $6 million from a Hawaii family by a Chinese investor. The 11 lots, which total a little more than two acres, at The Bluffs at Waimea were sold to an entity called Dhara LLC by the Burger family, according to public records. Hawaii businessman D.G. "Andy" Anderson was a consultant on the project Dhara, which was formed in July and lists Shaoxiong Huang as its…
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell plans to hold three public town hall-style meetings this week to address the affordable housing crisis on Oahu. With the median price of a single-family home on Oahu topping $700,000 over the summer, affordable housing has been at the top of Caldwell's agenda. There are a few affordable condominium projects in the works, including 801 South St., but real estate industry leaders say that the lack of affordable housing on the island is an " issue of our time." Another…



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