Local Industry News & Notes

Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course busy with charity events

Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course will host two charity events the weekend of June 9 to 10.

Getting an early start at 6:30 a.m., the West Kauai Medical Clinic and the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital brings its third annual charitable golf tournament to the course June 9, with proceeds benefiting the hospital’s charitable fund.

The hospital is currently seeking sponsors for the event. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000.

The format for the event will be a two-person scramble. A banquet lunch and awards ceremony will follow at the Grand Hyatt.

The deadline to apply for the hospital’s tournament is Friday. The entry fee is $95. For more information, call Steve Kline at 338-9452. At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual scholarship tournament to benefit three high school students who plan to pursue a business major in college and one exemplary Kaua‘i Community College business education graduate.

More than 40 local businesses are sponsoring the chamber event, including the Kapa‘a and ‘Ele‘ele shopping centers. Last year’s high school scholarship recipients were awarded $1,000 checks. The community college student received a $200 savings bond.

A luncheon will follow the golf tournament. The cost is $38 per person. For more information on the chamber’s event, call Carol at 245-7363.

Aloha Beach Hotel discount for food fest

The Aloha Beach Hotel Kauai is offering discounted rates in conjunction with the 19th annual Taste of Hawai‘i culinary festival Sunday at Smith’s Tropical Paradise on the Wailua River.

The event, which serves as a fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Kapa‘a, features food and beverages created by roughly 50 chefs from across the state. Aloha Beach will also host a culinary booth at the event.

The hotel, which sits across Kuhio Highway from the festival, is extending its employee rate of $75 per night plus tax — down from $219 — to Taste of Hawai‘i ticketholders on the nights of June 2 and 3.

“No need to deal with parking issues or make a long drive home after a full day of food, drink and festivities,” said Walter Agena, the hotel’s associate director of sales, in a press release.

Early check-in will be provided at no charge upon request, provided rooms are available. The Aloha Beach Hotel will also be hosting a booth at the Taste of Hawaii event.

The 216-room Aloha Beach Hotel is located next to Lydgate Beach Park and features two swimming pools, a whirlpool spa, fitness room, tennis courts, shuffleboard, volleyball, two restaurants, a cocktail lounge and daily maid service. For reservations, call 823-6000 or (888) 823-5111 and ask for the Taste of Hawai‘i Special. More on the event can be found at www.tasteofhawaii.com.

Smart growth subject of workshop

The Kaua‘i Board of Realtors will partner with county leaders and planners as well as other local organizations to host a free “Smart Growth” workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 4, at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Hotel in Lihu‘e.

The workshop, which is open to the public, will focus on commitment to housing opportunities, building better communities, protecting the environment, and ensuring that the cost of new infrastructure is proportionally shared among those it serves.

Smart Growth platforms are practiced throughout the U.S. as a means of addressing quality of life issues relating to development, including traffic, affordable housing, productive vacant buildings and land use, according to a Kaua‘i Board of Realtors press release.

For more information, call 245-4049.

Yum Cha now accepting dinner reservations

Yum Cha, an Asian fusion restaurant in Po‘ipu, now offers reservations for its dinner service, according to a press release.

“Some nights we have had long wait times for seating. Making reservations will alleviate wait times and continue to grow our clients,” manager Jessie Schwartz said in a press release.

The restaurant is the winner of the 2007 Hale ‘Aina Silver award for Best New Restaurant on Kaua‘i. The menu ranges from blossoming jasmine flower tea and ginger-infused martinis to dim sum, Kalua pork spring rolls, wok fried lobster and prawns and tempura fried banana.

Yum Cha is a Cantonese term that means “to drink tea” and refers to the custom of eating small servings of a variety of foods.

The restaurant is located at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa. For more information or to make a reservation, call (800) 55-HYATT or visit www.grandhyattkauai.com.

Nominations due for Living Reef Awards

Nominations for the next round of Living Reef Awards are due Thursday. The program was created as a way to honor businesses, organizations and community leaders who have gone above and beyond to care for Hawai‘i’s coral reefs.

This year marks a new category to recognize individuals who have devoted a lifetime to caring for our ocean resources. Nominees must have implemented programs and activities to conserve coral reefs between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2006. The awards are open to all Hawai‘i-based organizations that fit the nomination criteria listed below.

• Ocean recreation businesses that specialize in diving, snorkeling, kayaking or other ocean-related activities.

• Travel/tourism businesses that offer services to tourists.

• Commercial/retail businesses

• Federal, state and local government agencies not focused on education.

• Organizations or individuals whose primary function is to offer education services.

• Non-governmental organizations, or individuals representing organizations)

For a nomination form or more details, visit www.hawaiireef.org or call Petra MacGowan at 587-0098.

New hires about town

The following individuals were recently appointed to leadership positions in Kaua‘i’s business community:

• Kevin Aucello was named vice president of development for the Hawai‘i region of Marriott International Inc.

• Cheryl Ann Farrell was named Kaua‘i’s regional director by the American Heart Association

• John Lauer joins Matson as director of transpacific services.

• Steve Murphy, a PGA member, as named director of golf operations at the Prince Golf Course.

• Cindy Teixeira joins RE/MAX Kaua‘i as one of its realtors.

• Susie Wood has also joined the RE/MAX team.

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