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First ever Waikiki May Day Mele on the beach

First ever Waikiki May Day Mele on the beach

Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to experience Lei Day at the inaugural May Day event happening in Waikīkī on Thursday, May 1 at 3-5 p.m. The free event includes a concert by Hawaiian music trio, Nā Leo Pilimehana and will be broadcasted live on the radio on Hawaiian 105.1 KINE.

“The May Day event we envision and are working on is going to perpetuate an understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture and the history of Waikīkī for generations to come,” said John Aeto, president of The Kālaimoku Group, the firm hired by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to organize and promote the event.

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McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

City finally reopens Maunalua Bay restroom station

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Four years after it was shuttered, the restroom facility at Maunalua Bay Beach Park was finally reopened.

Opening a comfort station is normally not a big deal, but this one drew a crowd, including Mayor Kirk Caldwell, members of the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood board, and the Hui Nalu Canoe Club.

The restrooms had been closed since February 2010 because of an outdated cesspool system.

"Basically everything went out into the ocean," said Michele Nekota, director designate for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "Now the sewer system is like how we have in our house today, and so it doesn't go out into the ocean, thank goodness. So it's a good thing."

But the work had several delays, partially because it involved a lot of players, as well as the nearby busy Kalanianaole Highway. 

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Finalists’ artwork have been submitted to the World Contest

HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii today held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014.

The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii gives away 220,000 cups of free Mccafe coffee

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii gives away 220,000 cups of free Mccafe  coffee

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii gave away 220,000 cups of coffee during a recent two-week promotional campaign to get customers reacquainted with its McCafe® coffee. During that same period, 14 customers – one each day – were also randomly selected at restaurants across the state to win a year of free daily coffee – 5,110 cups in all. The full-bodied flavor of the Royal Kona Blend brand by Hawaii Coffee Company is only served at McDonald’s locations in Hawaii.

From March 31 through April 13, all McDonald’s customers nationwide were offered a free small cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours, no purchase necessary. In the U.S., more than 22 million cups of coffee were given away. Hawaii residents were also eligible — just by ordering a free small cup of coffee — to win a free year of coffee in the Ultimate Cup contest.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Takes On Gershwin and Beethoven In April 26-27 Concerts

 Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Takes On Gershwin and Beethoven In April 26-27 Concerts

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Sara Davis Buechner and conductor Maximiano Valdés back to the Islands for a program of Gershwin, Beethoven and Ravel on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. This will be the third program in the HSO’s Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series.

Buechner, who may well hold the world title for having the most piano concertos in her repertoire (more than 100!) and is noted for her interpretations of American and jazz-influenced works, will perform George Gershwin’s Concerto in F. More of a traditional, although jazzy, piano concerto than his earlier Rhapsody in Blue, which was actually orchestrated by fellow composer Ferde Grofé, the Concerto in F showcases Gershwin’s own mastery of orchestration.