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Hawaii teen heads to California, battles rare disease

Hawaii teen heads to California, battles rare disease
 By: Taylor Preza  It’s a disease that impacts less than one in 100,000 people a year, and it is impacting one young woman right here in Hawaii. On July 16, 18-year-old Taylor Ann Hiraki was diagnosed with Moyamoya, a rare and progressive brain disease greatly characterized by strokes caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain. It all started when Taylor had returned home to Honolulu, Hawaii for the summer after completing her first year of college at Pacific University in Oregon.  She was working her seasonal job at Maile’s Thai Bistro in Hawaii Kai moments before a series of mini-strokes started to occur.  A family friend just so happened to be dining at the restaurant while Taylor was working.

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First Insurance Charitable Foundation Donations Exceed $150,000 In First Half Of 2014

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $150,000 between January and June 2014 to 38 local nonprofit organizations, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, Honolulu Museum of Art, Sustain Hawaii and others.

“We are proud to support our local nonprofit organizations and do what we can to help strengthen Hawaii for future generations,” said Allen Uyeda, FICOH CEO, who is retiring at the end of July. “FICOH’s philosophy has always been to support Hawaii’s long-term social and economic future through community leadership, volunteer service, and charitable contributions.”

The 2014 donations to date total $150,315 and support a variety of nonprofits in Hawaii, including organizations focused on education, health and social services, and economic development.

Graham Builders Promotes James Jonah to Project Manager

Graham Builders Promotes James Jonah to Project Manager

HONOLULUwww.grahambuilders.com – Graham Builders is pleased to announce that James Jonah has been promoted to project manager from finish carpenter. He will be responsible for overseeing projects once they are in the construction phase, working and coordinating with sub-contractors, creating and managing schedules and material deliveries.

Jonah has more than 30 years of experience in the carpentry industry. Prior to returning to Graham Builders in 2008, he served as a master cabinetmaker and shop foreman. Previously, he worked as a field supervisor for Darcey Builders and honed his master carpenter skills at businesses in California and Maryland.

Born and raised in Maryland, Jonah currently resides in Hawaii Kai.

American Savings Bank Donates $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

American Savings Bank Donates $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

HONOLULU — American Savings Bank (ASB), has committed $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM), Shidler College of Business. As part of a five-year commitment, this gift will support entrepreneurial education and help UHM monetize research efforts. In recognition of this gift, one of the co-working spaces will be named in ASB’s honor. 

Honolulu's Group 70 Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort

Honolulu's Group 70 Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort

Group 70 International Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort Project Aimed at Revitalizing the French Polynesian Economy $3 billion project includes five hotels, aquatic park, casino, convention center, theaters and retail shops HONOLULU – www.group70int.com – French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse announced Saturday, July 19, 2014 that Hawaii’s leading design firm Group 70 International, Inc. (G70) was selected as the architect, interior designer and civil engineer on record for the 130-acre Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort and Spa project intended to reignite tourism in Tahiti and stimulate its economy. The project is being led by the French Polynesian government who approved G70’s initial design plans and a jury selected the kama‘aina design firm over a firm from France and China to develop the innovative project on Tahiti’s west side.

Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling On News Media And Public Access To Criminal Trials

High Court Rebukes Judge Who Held Secret Sessions During Trial of U.S. State Department Special Agent Accused of Murder in Honolulu

HONOLULU –  In a ruling that media attorneys say is one of the strongest endorsements in the country regarding the right of the news media and the public to have access to criminal trial proceedings, the Hawaii Supreme Court sided with Hawaii’s only statewide daily newspaper – the Honolulu Star-Advertiser – and Hawaii News Now (a CBS and NBC affilitate) and rebuked a Circuit Court judge who held closed on-the-record hearings with attorneys in one of Hawaii’s highest-profile trials.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Hosts Free Career Night

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Hosts Free Career Night

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ New Agent Training Office (NATO) will host a free Career Night on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Open to all real estate agents, including newly licensed agents, and those who are curious about a career in real estate.  Attendees will learn how NATO provides newly licensed, and experienced agents looking to accelerate their business, the tools for a successful real estate career.

NATO is CBP’s proprietary and nationally renowned training program. It is a comprehensive, six-week training program where agents receive hands-on real estate experience both inside and outside the office. Each student is paired with a sales manager for one-on-one coaching and support. Since 2004, NATO has graduated more than 400 agents, many of whom are among CBP’s top producing agents today!

Those interested in attending Career Night must RSVP by calling (808) 748-3410.