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Construction Set To Begin On The Second Tower At The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

Mayor Caldwell & Community Leaders Gather for Groundbreaking Ceremony as the Revitalization Continues Along Kuhio Avenue

HONOLULU – Irongate, developer of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, held a groundbreaking ceremony and site blessing today at the future site of the second tower of The Residences, a 37-floor, 246-residence property that is connected to the first tower by an eighth floor resort terrace with parking structure below. Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined community leaders, selected homeowners and representatives of the project’s development and construction teams to celebrate the occasion and the ongoing effort to revitalize and bring new life to Kuhio Avenue at the gateway to Waikiki.

36th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival Announces 2015 Event Dates

Festival Celebrates Cultures and Traditions from Pacific-Rim Countries


HONOLULU – The 36th annual Pan-Pacific Festival, a celebration of cultural traditions of Hawaii, the Pacific Rim and around the world, will run from June 12 to 14 at various locations throughout Honolulu.

Since its first celebration, the Pan-Pacific Festival has evolved into an international festival bringing various foods, customs, and people together and creating a more global community through the sharing and celebration of cultures.

Pacxa Promotes Gordon Bruce to Chairman, Kelly Ueoka to President Amid Fast-Paced Growth

Pacxa Promotes Gordon Bruce to Chairman, Kelly Ueoka to President Amid Fast-Paced Growth

Pacxa, Hawaii’s largest full-scale information technology (IT) solutions provider, today announced the promotions of two senior executives.  Gordon Bruce has been named Pacxa’s new chairman, and will remain chief executive officer. Kelly J. Ueoka, formerly executive vice president, will assume the role of president from Bruce, overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and the expansion of Pacxa’s products and services. Bruce and Ueoka were instrumental in guiding the company’s revenue growth of over 200 percent since late 2012. Pacxa has grown from 70 employees to more than 90 since its inception. 

“I am excited to continue my work with Kelly and the Pacxa team to provide creative, cost-effective solutions to small businesses as well as large enterprises,” Bruce said. “By supplying the best technology support services in the state, we can also continue to offer the highest level technology jobs and keep talented students here in Hawaii.”

Luxury Home Sales Climb 10 Percent During First Month of 2015

Luxury Home Sales Climb 10 Percent During First Month of 2015

HONOLULU – Sales of luxury homes and condominiums on Oahu were up 10 percent during January 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for $1 million and above during January 2015 on Oahu.

A total of 55 luxury homes changed hands in January, up from 50 in January 2014. The median sales price for the luxury range also jumped up to $1,300,000 last month compared to $1,264,500 in 2014.

There were 49 closed sales in the $1 million to $2 million price range, four closed sales in the $2 million to $4 million price range, and two closed sales in the $4 million and above price range last month.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Receives National Recognition for Electronic Medical Record Network

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s 22 ambulatory care facilities statewide have achieved Stage 7 Ambulatory certification from Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS), a leading health care information technology and data analytics firm. Considered the highest level of electronic medical record (EMR) integration, Stage 7 awardees have achieved the steps necessary to obtain a paperless environment while continuing to support secure sharing and use of patient data among patients and their caregivers, to improve quality of care, process performance and patient safety.  

Hale Kipa Awarded $425,000 Grant from Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation

Hale Kipa Awarded $425,000 Grant from Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation

Hale Kipa has been awarded a $425,000 grant from Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation to support ongoing operations, specifically funding new staff positions, training, and ongoing costs. The grant is effective for one year from Dec. 15, 2014.

“This generous grant from Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation will ensure that Hale Kipa can continue to stay current with evolving best practices in its efforts to be a true trauma-informed care organization,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO of Hale Kipa. 

Specifically, this funding will:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii Promotes Leisure, Business Travel To The Islands

HONOLULU – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii is conducting an extensive outreach campaign in more than 20 cities throughout North America over the next two weeks to promote leisure and business travel to the Islands and the distinct experiences offered at each of its 11 resorts across Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

This is the second consecutive year that Starwood Hawaii has undertaken a coordinated effort of this size and scope, with more than 100 associates, including general managers and representatives from Starwood’s sales, marketing, meetings, public relations and revenue teams.