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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has announced the 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season, which opens Saturday, September 13, 50 years to the day after the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall’s formal opening in 1964, which also featured the Symphony. To celebrate the thousands of classical, pops, education, opera and ballet performances that have made up so much of the HSO's history at the Blaisdell, the program will feature two of the works performed at the 1964 premiere, Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy to Romeo and Juliet and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Both works were chosen for the 1964 concert to mark the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Conley, Hayashida, Ing, Martinson, and Wo Join UHF Board

Conley, Hayashida, Ing, Martinson, and Wo Join UHF Board

HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii Foundation is honored to welcome Herb Conley, Ken Hayashida, Louise Ing, Eric K. Martinson, and C. Scott Wo to the board of trustees.

Herb Conley moved to Hawaii with his wife Nancy in 1975 after receiving degrees in finance and accounting from Oklahoma State University. He began his business career as a CPA with Deloitte in Honolulu in 1975.  In 1978 he moved from accounting to sales, initially running a small family real estate brokerage firm Conley Dew Ltd. In 1995 Conley co-founded and helped lead Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties to become the leading real estate brokerage firm in Hawaii.  In 2005 he negotiated the sale of the company to Cendant Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. He retired as co-managing director in July 2007.

Avalon Development Co. Puts 17 Industrial Parcels At Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, On The Market

Site Blessing Launches Long-Awaited “Second City” Industrial Park Development

HONOLULU – Avalon Development Company LLC held a blessing ceremony on Thursday for the long-awaited last phase of the Kapolei Business Park in the heart of Oahu’s “Second City.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other community leaders attended Thursday’s site blessing, said Avalon President and CEO Christine Camp.

“It’s taken many years years but the dream of creating a fully developed industrial park to serve the entire island and spur further growth in Kapolei is a reality by our step towards completing the last phase of Kapolei Business Park,” Camp said. “The vision of Kapolei as a ‘Second City’ on Oahu began in the 1960s. New industries are thriving here and Kapolei Business Park has become a major center of employment. The employees and their families can significantly improve their quality of life by living and working in the same area.”

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

HONOLULU – The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 Hawaii students to assist them in pursuing higher education at colleges and universities.

“The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship fund helps students complete their higher education and become our next generation of innovators and leaders,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “Our grant will allow these outstanding students to focus on their educational goals.”

For the past five years, the fund has provided scholarship opportunities to current and past Safeway employees and their children. Students applied through the Hawaii Community Foundation, which administers the fund. They were required to have maintained a 3.0 grade point average, with preference given to students planning to attend a college or university in Hawaii.

Safeway Donates Over 16 Tons Of Ice To Aid Big Island Residents Impacted By Tropical Storm Iselle

HONOLULU – Safeway is sending over 16 tons of ice – 32,400 pounds to the Puna District of the Big Island to help residents who are still without electricity following Tropical Storm Iselle. The ice will be distributed through the American Red Cross aid station at the Pahoa Community Center on Thursday. The ice is expected to be available by 2 p.m.

Safeway is shipping two containers of ice from Oahu to Hilo to help meet the demand. Earlier this week, the company also trucked a container of ice from its store in Kailua-Kona to its store in Hilo.

“Many of our neighbors in the Puna area have been hit hard by Iselle and are still in need of basic supplies,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “This is the time for our entire community to pull together and do what we can to help in the relief effort.”


Kiewit Building Group, Inc. Awards $7,500 to Scholarship Recipients

Kiewit Building Group, Inc. Awards $7,500 to Scholarship Recipients

Kiewit Building Group, Inc. announced the recipients of its scholarship program for the 2014–2015 academic year. Cynthia Sigler, Corey Snider and Maluhia Stark-Kinimaka were awarded scholarships of $2,500 each based on their academic performance and goals, financial need and extracurricular activities. Kiewit’s program, now seven years in the running, received over 56 entries from high school seniors pursuing degrees in engineering, architecture or construction management.

“Kiewit strives to support local students, especially in their goals to pursue higher education,” said Sharon Thom, senior vice president and Hawaii area manager of Kiewit Building Group. “We’re proud to say that we have had the opportunity to hire engineers who once benefitted from Kiewit scholarships. Being able to participate in the growth of these students into young professionals is the most rewarding part of this program.”

Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped Closes for Tent Fumigation Starting Aug. 15

Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped Closes for Tent Fumigation Starting Aug. 15

The Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH) will close temporarily for a pre-scheduled tent fumigation project beginning Friday, August 15. 

In addition, the Library’s popular Radio Reading Service for registered patrons will be off-the-air starting August 14 at 4 p.m. through Tuesday, August 19.  The service will return to the air-waves on Wednesday, August 20 with a modified program of live reading of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Recordings of grocery advertisements will follow.   

An announcement will be made when the Library is scheduled to reopen.