News & Notes

‘Living’ awards recognize preservers of tradition

The Kaua‘i Museum will host the Living Treasures of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau awards banquet July 21. Though the

This year’s recipients, include David Boynton, for environmental preservation and education, despite his recent passing, as well as the following:

• Roselle Bailey, for extending aloha internationally through hula.

• David Boynton, for environmental preservation and education.

• Linda Faye Collins, for historic preservation and community service.

• Nathan Kalama, for perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through dance and music

• Larry McIntosh, for artistry in music.

• Aiko Nakaya, for preservation of Japanese culture through dance.

• Pohaku Nishimitsu, for cultural preservation.

The banquet will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Resort. For more information, call the museum at 245-2470.

Lihu‘e businesswoman selected for national board

Diana V. Shaw, center director of the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network, located in Lihu‘e, was appointed to the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award board of examiners, according to a press release.

The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive, states the release.

William Jeffrey, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, appointed Shaw to the position.

As an examiner, Shaw is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. She joins 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations, and government on the board.

Workshop puts long-term care planning in your hands

John Hancock will host a seminar on long-term care insurance at noon and 5:30 p.m., Monday, in Hanalei and Princeville, respectively.

Food will be provided and the event is free.

To be discussed are the issues surrounding long-term care planning.

According to a press release, new legislation makes it difficult for people to transfer personal assets in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage of long-term care in nursing homes.

Based on the national average, one year in a nursing home or 24-hour home care can cost more than $66,000, states the release. With rising costs, a 4 percent annual increase could mean $150,000 per year in 20 years.

Long-term care insurance is an option in the financial planning process that enables an individual to control where care is received, according to the release.

Costs of coverage are based on age and health at the time of application — the younger and healthier the applicant, the lower the premiums, states the release.

For information on the seminar and locations, call Inga Burger at 225-2771.

Finistere Ventures joins Hawai‘i BioEnergy

Hawai‘i BioEnergy welcomed Finistere Ventures as its newest member and investor last week, according to a press release.

The San Diego-based Finistere Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in agricultural biotechnology and renewable energy, states the release.

“Finistere Ventures will bring deep expertise in the development of novel biomass as well as its extensive understanding of agricultural and renewable energy investment,” Hawai‘i BioEnergy board member David Cole said in the release.

Bio fuels are enjoying increasing prominence as cleaner and renewable replacements for fossil fuels. In Hawai‘i, for example, gasoline must contain 10 percent ethanol, a common bio fuel.

Hawai‘i BioEnergy is exploring the viability of creating renewable bio-energy sources in the state, bringing together global technology with the islands’ ideal growing conditions and extensive farming know-how and expertise, states the release.

For more information, visit or

Health and wellness students eligible for scholarship

Hawaii Health Guide Health & Wellness Education Scholarships are available to students electing to pursue careers in health and wellness in Hawai‘i this fall.

Funds will be directly applicable to tuition costs.

All Hawai‘i students, regardless of age, are eligible to apply.

The scholarship application deadline is July 1. Recipients will be announced July 14 at Kaua‘i Community College at the Kaua‘i Healing Garden Festival.

For more information or an application, visit

New hires about town

The following individuals were recently appointed to a leadership positions in the business community:

• Donn Soares, former general manager of Kauai Coffee Co., was named vice president for national sales and marketing at Maui Brand Sugar, a sister subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin Inc.

• Ronald K. Migita and Franklin M. Tokioka II were recently elected to Island Insurance Co.’s board of directors, the state’s largest locally owned and managed property and casualty insurance carrier.


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