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La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls presents “Up The Down Staircase” written by Bel Kaufman on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Barbie Gymnasium on the La Pietra campus.

Set in an inner city high school, “Up The Down Staircase” is the story of a novice teacher who is faced with unruly students and an administration that dampens the teacher's spirits. The teacher slowly gains the students' respect as she attempts to make a difference in their lives. The production, directed by Annie Renick, consists of 22 La Pietra students’ grades 7 through 12.

Tickets are $5 for students with identification and $7 for general seating. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, call 808-922-2744.

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.

Skyline Eco-Adventures Hosts Oldest-Ever Zipline Participant

Skyline Eco-Adventures Hosts Oldest-Ever Zipline Participant

Skyline Eco-Adventures, Hawaii’s award-winning zipline company and operator of the first zipline course in the United States, recently hosted its oldest-ever zipline participant at its Haleakala location.

Nels Gerhard Glesne, a 98-year-old Maui resident, completed all five lines of the course, which includes towering eucalyptus trees and a swinging bridge in beautiful upcountry Maui. Glesne, who was born in 1916 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is a World War II veteran and retired forester. He moved to Maui in August 2013 and has three daughters, one son, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was married for 69 ½ years.

“I am the luckiest man alive – a cat has nine lives, and I’ve had 11,” said Glesne, who also plays tennis regularly.

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.

KCAA Preschools of Hawaii announces new board member

KCAA Preschools of Hawaii announces new board member

The Board of Trustees of KCAA Preschools of Hawaii is pleased to announce that Elisabeth “Liz” Chun has been elected to the board. She was previously Executive Director and Vice President of Good Beginnings Alliance until July 2012 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Honolulu, the Girl Scouts of Hawaii, PHOCUSED and is a member of the Rotary Club of Hawaii.

The Board of Trustees of KCAA Preschools of Hawaii elected executive officers for 2013 - 2014.  They are:  Chairman Kimo Steinwascher of AB Kailua, Vice Chairman Alan S. Ito, technology software consultant, Treasurer Christopher R. Dang, Attorney, Christopher R. Dang, LLLC, and Secretary Robert S. Ostrem Jr. of Jerry Hay, Inc. 

Prudential Locations Recognizes Top Agent Award Winners for March 2014

Prudential Locations Recognizes Top Agent Award Winners for March 2014

Prudential Locations, Hawaii’s largest locally owned and operated real estate company, announced today the winners of Prudential Locations’ Top Agent Awards for March 2014. Prudential Locations’ awards are presented on a monthly basis to celebrate agents’ outstanding performance in a variety of categories. Prudential Locations is pleased to announce the following winners: