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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.

Avalon development co. Purchases industrial park in Kapolei; 17 fee-simple lots to go on sale

Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, Will Offer Much-Needed Industrial Space on Oahu

HONOLULU – Avalon Development Company LLC announced that it has closed on the purchase of the long-awaited Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, and that 17 fee-simple industrial properties will be available for presale by this summer.

“The Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, is a 54-acre subdivision that will be developed adjacent to the existing Kapolei Business Park, Phase 1, on Kalaeloa Boulevard,” said Christine Camp, Avalon president and CEO. “This is a rare opportunity for businesses to purchase fee-simple industrial property on Oahu.”

There has been intense demand for industrial space for the past few years, according to Guy Kidder, vice president of Colliers International, real estate broker for both the Avalon purchase and the future sale of lots to individual businesses.

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Fence to go up at popular east Oahu swim spot

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- It's a popular swimming and diving spot known casually as
Cromwell's.  It's a small harbor located
at the base of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, or Shangri La.

A sea wall which also serves as a pathway is where most of
the jumpers leap from.  It's also the
spot where two people have suffered quadriplegia injuries.

Eight signs warn people in the area not to dive, jump or
climb in the area.  People still do, with
regularity, so a fence is being built as a further deterrent.

"The increasing uses of the area and the extent of the
risky behaviors and the injuries that have been sustained really don't leave us
any other choice" said Deborah Pope, the Executive Director of the Doris
Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Man who died after jumping from Spitting Caves identified

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gregory Spillman

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Medical Examiner's Office has identified a man who died after jumping off a cliff at 'Spitting Caves' outside Maunalua Bay.

19-year-old Gregory Spillman was a sailor attached to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, he was from Alexandria, Pa. 

The incident happened on Saturday, April 5 when Spillman jumped into the ocean and was swept out to sea by the current. Spillman was reportedly with friends who said they did not jump in because of the ocean's conditions.

Ocean Safety responded to Spitting Caves shortly before 5 p.m. We are told Ocean Safety lifeguards jumped in from the ledge and also responded by rescue watercraft.

Lifeguards found Spillman about 10-12 feet under water. Officials took him by jet ski to the Maunalua Bay Harbor, where they met officials from Emergency Medical Services and the Honolulu Fire Department.

Waterhouse Solar Partners with Special Olympics to Shine Light on the Benefits of Solar Energy

Waterhouse Solar Partners with Special Olympics to Shine Light on the Benefits of Solar Energy

Waterhouse Solar is partnering with Special Olympics Hawai‘i to bring to light the nonprofit’s important work helping local athletes with intellectual disabilities. The company has committed donating a matching fund of up to $100,000 to Special Olympics Hawai‘i in 2014.

Waterhouse Solar, a local, privately funded company, which installs residential and commercial photovoltaic systems in Hawai‘i, will donate $500 for every residential system or commercial system sold on O‘ahu through July 15, 2014. Additionally, Waterhouse Solar is also giving back to residents who will benefit from a $1,000 discount off the cost of their solar system during the promotion period.

Hawaii Kai branch of Bank of Hawaii reopens after SUV crash

Image Source: Frank Igno

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)-  

[Update 8:50 p.m.]

Bank of Hawaii's Hawaii Kai branch will reopen for business on Tuesday. BOH said Monday's accident did not affect the bank's ATM or night depository, located on the other side of the building.

The branch will resume its normal hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (M-Thur.); 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Fri.)

[Original story]

A black Mercedes-Benz SUV slammed into the Hawaii Kai branch of Bank of Hawaii Monday morning.   

Honolulu police say it happened around 9:30 a.m.  at the Koko Marina Shopping Center. There were no major injuries reported.