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EPIC Ventures Invests in Volta Industries

EPIC Ventures Invests in Volta Industries

EPIC Ventures, in partnership with Blue Startups, announced today a seed capital investment in Volta Industries, a Honolulu-based provider of free-to-use, advertising-supported electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed; Volta has raised $1.875 million in funding to date. EPIC joins existing Volta investors Blue Startups, 500 Startups and Ulupono Initiative, the Hawaii-based social investment firm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Volta will use the investment to launch a station-finder mobile app and accelerate expansion of its EV charging network throughout North America. With a fast-growing presence in California and Arizona, nearly half of Volta’s approximately 50 EV charging units are located outside of the Hawaiian Islands, and that number is expected to increase dramatically in 2014.

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

HONOLULU Toyota Hawaii today announced the Toyota Prius has won top honor from Consumer Reports, which ranked America’s original hybrid as BEST VALUE for a new car, for a second year in a row.  Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit source of information that is neither influenced nor associated with any commercial interest, noted in its report, “…the (Honda) Civic costs more to own in the long run, and it can’t match the Prius’ combination of fuel efficiency, versatility, roominess, and outstanding reliability.”

EV drivers on Maui and Oahu have a lot to be thankful for: Volta hosting events

EV drivers on Maui and Oahu have a lot to be thankful for: Volta hosting events

HONOLULUwww.VoltaCharging.com – Volta Industries (Volta) today announced as of Nov. 1 it has given away over 600,000 miles of charging in the past two years, during more than 20,000  free charging sessions via its Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in Hawaii, Arizona and California, part of the Volta Network. Volta now operates close to 50 charging stations, and will be opening its first station on Maui next month.

 

Win an Xbox One®, courtesy of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla

 Win an Xbox One®, courtesy of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla

HONOLULUToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii is giving away an Xbox One® video game system, complete with Forza Motorsport 5 (the most exciting driving experience you can have in your living room), to one lucky Hawaii resident, courtesy of the all-new 2014 Corolla. While anyone can enter, your family and friends will drive your success. Get in by entering at Toyota Hawaii’s Facebook page.  After entering, you’ll receive a unique URL to share on your favorite social networks.  Your family and friends can use your URL to enter the contest, and you receive credit for the referral. The more of your friends who enter, the better your chances of winning.

Win free tickets to the advanced screening of Thor: The Dark World, thanks to Toyota Corolla

HONOLULUToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii is giving away tickets to a special advance screening of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, courtesy of the all-new, pulse-poundingly practical, affordably awesome, 2014 Corolla. The advance screening will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 at Ward Stadium 16. 

Be the first to Get In and see Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World by entering to win at the Toyota Hawaii Facebook page. Then, test drive the totally redesigned 2014 Corolla, available now at your Toyota Hawaii Dealers.

Each pass will admit two people. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m.

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

Taking after its namesake, our mascot Poincy is all about “covering” the people of Hawaii.

While Poincy is every inch the action-oriented mascot, he’s a little shy when it comes to proclaiming his powers of strength and kindness. Now you can be the one to give Poincy his very own catchphrase. As part of our Mascot Catchphrase Challenge, First Insurance invites you to pen your best Poincy catchphrase for a chance to win $250 worth of free gas.

Here’s how to participate:

Mcdonald’s restaurants of Hawaii encourages local keiki to “look both ways” at school crosswalks

Mcdonald’s restaurants of Hawaii encourages local keiki to “look both ways” at school crosswalks

 

HONOLULU – Ronald McDonald has put his foot down at dozens of schools across the state to remind keiki and other pedestrians to be careful at school crossings. Ronald’s effort was part of McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii’s Pedestrian Safety Decal Installation Program, part of the State of Hawaii’s Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month in August, supported by the state Department of Transportation, the state Department of Education and all four county governments.

Thanks to Ronald, his bright red shoeprint safety decals can now be found at Hawaii elementary school sidewalks near crosswalks. The shoeprints are accompanied by a bold message in red and yellow to “STOP” and “LOOK BOTH WAYS” before crossing the street.