News & Notes

Charter Funding recognizes top loan officer for April

• The Kaua‘i branch of Charter Funding of Hawaii announced Julie Broyles was the top loan officer for the month of April, a press release states. Established in 1998, Charter Funding of Hawaii is the largest privately owned mortgage banking company in the state, with a total of eight branches throughout the state, including one on Kaua‘i.

Taco Del Mar headed for Kaua‘i?

• The Taco Del Mar franchise is headed for Kaua‘i, said Heidi Witherspoon of Wilson Public Relations. The Seattle-based burrito joint founded in 1992 has 198 locations across the western United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including three on O‘ahu. Witherspoon said Taco Del Mar is looking at locations on all the islands. Regional master developer Ken Nascimento, who owns several O‘ahu Subway stores, said Taco Del Mar is looking into locations in Kukui Grove and Kapa‘a, and possibly the Po‘ipu/Koloa area as well, though nothing will be certain until they find a qualified franchise opportunity.

Hanalei Coldwell Banker office makes charity a priority

• Coldwell Banker’s Bali Hai Realty, based in Hanalei, donated more than $55,000 in cash and hours of volunteer time in the first quarter of this year, Lois Ruiz said in a press release.

Most recently, the firm founded by John Ferry in 1978 donated $10,000 to the Kauai Food Bank in a pledged match of public contributions up to that amount.

“We could feel there was a really urgent need for food, and there still is,” Ferry said in the release. “So we just jumped in.”

Bali Hai Realty donated another $30,000 to the American Heart Association recently, and Ferry also assisted a real estate client negotiate a 5.4-acre gift of oceanfront land at Kilauea Bay to the Trust. Most recently Ferry and two of his agents, Barbara Sloan and Rob Thompson, facilitated the sale of an additional 2.9 adjoining acres to the Kauai Public Land Trust. These parcels, managed by the Kilauea Neighborhood Association, allow continued public access to the Kilauea River and Bay. Ferry, Sloan and Thompson donated another $5,000 to aid the cooperative project, the press release states.

Ferry said he and his staff take pride in their team approach to both their work and philanthropy.

“We love Kauai and the people who live here,” he said. “The island has been very good to us. We’re just trying to give back to the community.”

Former Kaua‘i Wal-Mart manager moving up

• Brian Halsey, manager of the Kaua‘i Wal-Mart from 2000 to 2002, was recently promoted to market manager for Wal-Mart Hawaii, a press release states. After leaving the Lihu‘e store, Halsey transferred to the store manager position at the Mililani location.

In his new role, Halsey, who started his Wal-Mart career corralling shopping carts in Florida in 1988, will oversee the operations of all eight Hawai‘i Wal-Mart locations and 3,400 employees.

“It’s an amazing team and I’m honored to be a member,” he said.

Divine Planet heads south

• North Kapa‘a’s Divine Planet recently headed down Kuhio Highway, to Kauai Village Center, owner Mike McGinnis states in a press release.

“We’re really excited about the new space,” he said. “Our customers really seem to prefer it and having parking really helps.”

Divine Planet also has retail space in Kukui Grove. McGinnis said the owner of the building previously occupied by Divine Planet was sold, but he got lucky with the new space.

“Retail space in Kapa‘a is tight, so we were lucky enough to approach the landlord just as the vacancy was opening up,” he said.

The Grand Re-Opening Sale, offering 20 percent off most merchandise, ends today.

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