News & Notes

Credit union lends hand to grads

Kauai Community Federal Credit Union announced the recipients of the 2008 KCFCU Scholarship last month.

Kaua‘i High School class of 2008 members Kendra Kawamura and Michaela Legaspi, Kapa‘a High School graduate Dylan Haight, Waimea High School’s Bingxi Sun and Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Ciera K. Cummings each received $1,000 scholarships toward their education goals. Kawamura is off to Creighton University of Omaha, Neb. Legaspi and Haight will attend University of Oregon. Sun is enrolled at University of California, San Diego, and Cummings is headed off to Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

An independent committee of Kaua‘i educational professionals evaluated more than 40 applications based on academic merit, community service, credit union relationship and financial need. This is the fourth year that the credit union offered scholarships.

Hawaiian May traffic

Hawaiian Airlines served 740,865 passengers in May, up 26.2 percent over the same month last year and up more than 20,000 passengers over April.

Year to date, the company also posted increases, with a 12.6 percent gain for the five-month period this year over last.

Island Air gives up Midwest contract

Island Air relinquished its Midwest Essential Air Service contract awarded May 5 by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The company said the changes in the Hawai‘i air industry do not permit a timely start-up. In addition, the dissolution of Air Midwest, a subsidiary of Mesa Air Group that served various Midwest communities, has upped the importance of finding a provider quickly, Island Air said.

In response to increased market demands in Hawai‘i, Island Air has added flights in the common markets to include HonolulunLihu‘e, Honolulu-Maui and added additional flights between MauinKona and Maui-Lihu‘e.

The airline now offers over 444 weekly flights.

Hyatt receives AAA Diamond awards

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa and Dondero’s restaurant received AAA Hawai‘i’s Four Diamond awards — the only Kaua‘i hotel and restaurant recognized.

The AAA Diamond rating system measures dining establishments and hotels by objective criteria from year to year, and is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses full-time field representatives who conduct unannounced, anonymous inspections.

Four Diamonds indicate the accommodations are refined with an enhanced level of quality and physical attributes reflected throughout the hotel, with staff exhibiting a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. This the 18th time the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa has received this honor since opening in 1990.

Seminar offers cheap marketing tips

The Kauai North Shore Business Council will host a marketing seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 24 at the Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Drive.

Debra Jason of The Write Direction will present “Ways to Market Yourself — and Your Business — on a Shoestring Budget” for business professionals who have $100 or less to spread the word about their products or services. The seminar will also discuss how to write a press release and guidelines for implementing successful e-mail marketing campaigns.

The cost is $25 for council members and $30 for guests. To register by June 17, call 826-3396 or visit or

Avon awards $40,000 to Wilcox

The Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund has awarded a $40,000, one-year grant to Wilcox Memorial Hospital to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.

This is the 10th year Wilcox has received Avon Foundation funding to support its work on this important women’s health issue.

The hospital’s Women’s Breast Health Program educates Kaua‘i women on the importance of mammograms and clinical breast exams.

“There is a tremendous need to reach women with information and resources, and grant funds will allow us to meet the needs of women on Kaua‘i,” Val Medina, the program’s coordinator, said.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,000 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States.


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