NEWS & NOTES
Food-safety course coming
- Ed Fernandez returns to Kaua‘i to offer another ServSafe Food Safety Certification course, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Kauai Veterans Center on Kapule Highway in Lihu‘e, he said in a press release.
This course is in food-handling and sanitation for those working in restaurants, hotels, for caterers, and in similar positions.
National Restaurant Association certification is offered to those successfully completing the coursework. Call Fernandez, 1-808-640-6378, fax 1-808-939-7290, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bankers warn of identity-theft scams
- Members of the Hawaii Bankers Association (HBA) warned consumers in a press release to protect themselves against identity theft by safeguarding and monitoring their personal account information. The growing problem of online phishing scams and other forms of attempted identity theft continue to target people across the state.
Phishing con artists claim to be from a reputable bank or company, and send out thousands of fake e-mails and fake Webpage images to try to lure consumers to respond by providing account information, Social Security numbers, credit-card numbers, passwords or other sensitive information. This information can then be used by thieves to order goods and services, or obtain credit.
“Banks would never call or e-mail customers to ask for personal, confidential account information,” said Rodney Shinkawa, HBA executive director. “Anyone who receives an unsolicited e-mail should delete it immediately and report it to their financial institution.” Monitor your account carefully, and if you feel it has been compromised, notify officials at your bank immediately, he said.
Cohen, Raelson join West Kauai Clinics
- Dr. Peter Cohen, board certified in internal medicine, who practiced in Lihu‘e in the early 1990s, has returned to Kaua‘i to practice at West Kauai Clinics in Kalaheo. Dr. James Raelson, stationed full-time at the Eleele Clinic of West Kauai Clinics, at the Eleele Shopping Center, is the island’s newest pediatrician, it was announced in press releases.
Cohen completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., and has practiced in North Carolina and Colorado. His special interests include heart-attack and stroke prevention. Staff members at the West Kauai Clinic in Kalaheo said they were eager to invite Cohen back to Kaua‘i because of his record of excellent care and popularity with patients on Kaua‘i and on the Mainland. He has privileges and takes call at the West Kauai Medical Center at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea.
Raelson just completed a 23-year career with the Public Health Service, caring for Native Alaskan children. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and did his pediatric residency at De Voss Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. He provides care in all areas of pediatrics, and has a special interest in nutrition and working with children with learning, developmental and behavioral problems. He has full pediatric privileges and takes call at the West Kauai Medical Center at KVMH. His wife, Susanne, is a registered nurse. They have four children and two grandchildren. His personal interests include sailing, diving, kayaking, and horses.
Creative Capital & Mortgage opens
- Veronica Lovesy, principal broker, announced in a press release that she and other leaders at Creative Capital & Mortgage, established in late 2005, have opened their doors at Lihu‘e’s Dynasty Court, to assist Kaua‘i residents, visitors and investors with mortgage and business loans. The mortgage-loan opportunities include purchases, refinances, raw land and construction loans.
Borrowers can select from 100-percent financing, interest-only, 40-year loans, and the new pay-option-ARM loan offering four different payment choices each month.
“With so many lenders and loan options out there, there is a mortgage available for almost every borrower, if you take a creative approach,” said Lovesy. “Creative Capital & Mortgage is about providing loans on your terms, with excellent customer service and smart-loan options to meet the borrower’s needs. All of this needs to be provided quickly and at a fair price,” she said.
Creative Capital & Mortgage leaders are offering a special $500 rebate on any mortgage loan that closes by June 1. This $500 gift card to The Home Depot, Macy’s, Wal-Mart or the borrower’s favorite store, is designed to help them get his or her home ready for summer, she said. To take advantage of this special rebate offer, call 346-5700 or 246-1787, and members of the team at Creative Capital & Mortgage will provide unique loan options and mortgage quotes seven days a week.
Habitat for Humanity golf tourney set
- Aloha Lumber Company leaders are sponsoring the Habitat Fore Humanity Golf Tournament, set for April 30 at the Princeville Makai Golf Course. It is a two-person scramble event with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Team members registering before March 28 will receive two free Mulligans. Trips to Las Vegas and the Neighbor Islands will be given away. For more information, call Aloha Lumber Co., Inc., 822-9818, ext. 27.
DeLima returns for secretary celebration
- Funnyman Frank DeLima returns to Kaua‘i, along with Las Vegas hypnotist Scott Lewis, for the 20th Annual Super Secretaries’ Celebration, set for April 28 at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club Grand Ballroom. Leaders of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, KONG Radio Group and the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce sponsor the event.
Spring Gourmet Gala is coming
- Top chefs from Kaua‘i and around the state are again preparing to converge on Kaua‘i Community College for the Fourth Annual Culinary Institute of the Pacific Spring Gourmet Gala, set for April 14 at 6 p.m. in the KCC fine dining room. There will be a silent auction, and chefs Alan Wong, Hiroshi Fukui, DK Kodama and Danny Morioka will be presenting some of their favorite dishes.
Business After Hours event set
- Leaders of the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce and Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club host a Business After Hours function April 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the hotel, honoring the Kaua‘i winners of the annual U.S. Small Business Administration small business award winners. April 13 is the deadline to register. The charge is $10 per person for Chamber members, and $20 for guests. Call 245-7363 for more information.
Realtors’ scholarships available
- The Kauai Board of Realtors recently announced that applications are available online and through school counselors for the Fifth Annual Scholarship Program. For more information, go to www.kauairealtor.com, or see a guidance counselor at school. The application deadline is April 1.
Hilton has kama‘aina special
- Officials at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa in Waikiki have a Kama‘aina Spring Special, $150 a night, now through March 26, for Hawai‘i residents.
The resort boasts Waikiki’s largest swimming pool (the 10,000-square-foot Super Pool) along the widest stretch of beach. The resort’s wildlife collection includes more than 60 species, including penguins, flamingos, ducks, swans, parrots, turtles and fish.
Equally impressive is the magnificent art collection, accessible via a self-guided walking tour brochure. In addition, there is the Bishop Museum Collection, Mandara Spa, and more than 20 different dining outlets. On Friday evenings, the Aloha Friday King’s Jubilee takes place, culminating with a fireworks display.
For room reservations, call the resort directly at 1-808-949-4321 and ask for rate code P3.
Kama‘aina rates also are available at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, 1-808-886-1234, and the Doubletree Alana Hotel — Waikiki, 1-808-941-7275. For more information about Hilton hotels in Hawai‘i, visit www.hiltonhawaii.com.