Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, November 9, 2008

• Foodland pharmacy opens in Waipouli

• Green Business Webinar for Hawai‘i

• Marine National Monument Education Program Opportunity

• KCFCU awards employees for giving great service

Foodland pharmacy opens in Waipouli

Foodland Super Market, Ltd., Hawaii’s locally owned and largest grocery retailer, will open a new pharmacy inside its Foodland Waipouli store on Saturday. The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet the pharmacist, Joni Tominaga. Customers are invited to bring in their medication for a free Medication Review by the pharmacist to determine if their over-the-counter medicine is conflicting with their prescription medication, and answer any questions they may have.

“We are excited to open a brand new pharmacy to serve the residents of this community,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO. “We believe our pharmacy will be a great addition to Foodland Waipouli and provide an important service to our valued customers and employees.”

Tominaga is a Kaua‘i resident who grew up on the Garden Isle and practiced pharmacy on the island since graduating from pharmacy school.

Foodland Waipouli is located at 4-771 Kuhio Highway at the Waipouli Town Center. For more information, call the Foodland Waipouli Pharmacy at 821-6979. Pharmacy hours are as follows: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday. Phone: (808) 821-6979; Fax: (808) 821-6977.

Green Business Webinar for Hawai‘i

Every business person understands the bottom line, but how many know about the Triple Bottom Line? The Triple Bottom Line of business was a term originally coined by John Elkinton in his book Cannibals With Forks. The “Triple Bottom Line” approach challenges business to operate with sustainability at their core by focusing simultaneously on three bottom lines: economic prosperity, environmental protection and social equity. The three bottom lines in Triple Bottom Line are often shortened to People, Planet and Profits.

Sustainable Business or Green Business is certainly in the news. Everywhere you turn there is another article on “green business tips” or “10 simple things you can do to green your business.” Most businesses, however, don’t know how to effectively integrate sustainable business or triple bottom line strategies into their businesses in a profitable way.

Green business consultant Andrea Dean demystifies sustainable business and teaches the basics of integrating sustainability into overall business strategy in a Green Business 101 class to be held on November 12, 2008 from 10 –11:30 am. No travel is necessary to attend this class; participants attend from the comfort of their own desks. The Green Business 101 class, billed as a “webinar,” is taught remotely on the phone and web simultaneously.

“I wanted to model green behavior by teaching a class that does not require people to travel. It is a very interactive format and people from different islands can share ideas with each other,” said Ms. Dean.

The class is for business owners and managers who want to explore or deepen their commitment to social and environmental practices in business. Topic covered in Green Business 101 include defining green business, saving money while going green, third party certification, using the “Natural Step Framework” to create a Triple Bottom Line strategy, examples of local and national green business success, and resources.

“People think that going green is just one more thing to do, but it is really a process that gets built into all levels of your operation,” says Andrea Dean. “There is also a misconception that going green is expensive. Unless you have already conducted a thorough energy and resource audit, I guarantee that you are leaving money on the table.”

Andrea Dean, MBA is a green business coach, consultant and educator. She is currently one of 80 women leaders featured in the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. Learn more about green business and sign up for Green Business 101 at www.andreadean.com or call 889-5806.

Marine National Monument Education Program Opportunity

A new program offering educators and conservation leaders an opportunity to more intimately understand Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument’s wildlife and cultural resources is being offered on O‘ahu and Midway Atoll in 2009. Nominations to attend the workshop are being sought from now through Jan. 2, 2009.

This program is designed to not only create a greater understanding of the Monument but also to inspire community environmental stewardship at a grassroots local level. The program, called Papahanaumokuakea ‘Ahahu‘i Alaka‘i, will be offered from June 13 through 23, 2009.   

The first three days will be spent on O‘ahu preparing, learning natural and cultural history, and training with available technology. The remaining seven days will be spent on remote Midway Atoll, located 1,250 miles northwest of Honolulu within the Monument. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to O‘ahu as well as lodging and meals during the three days in Honolulu, but transportation, lodging, and food costs at Midway Atoll will be covered by the Monument.

PA‘A is accepting nominations from educators in formal and informal settings, community leaders, and people in positions that support community change and stewardship. Up to 12 people will be chosen to participate. Both American and international nominees are welcome. Participants will be chosen based on their written nominations, their letters of support, and their capacity to fulfill the program’s need for a strong variety of skills and abilities. In addition, potential participants are asked to submit a draft plan for an environmental stewardship project that will be modified throughout the workshop and implemented in their community upon their return home. More information about the workshop is available at papahanaumokuakea.gov; nomination forms are available by contacting Ann Bell at fw1pie_paa@fws.gov or 792-9532. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 2, 2009. Questions about the PA‘A workshop can be addressed by contacting Linda Schubert at (808) 933-8181.

KCFCU awards employees for giving great service

Kauai Community Federal Credit Union announced the recipients of the 2008 Semi-Annual end-of-the-year KCFCU Employee “I SPY Great Service” Awards Recognition on Nov. 5 before an audience of employees and special guests at the Kauai Coast Resort.

The KCFCU Employee Recognition Program is an on-going program designed to formally recognize employees for their commitment in providing great service to members and co-workers and living the established Service and Office Standards of Kauai Community Federal Credit Union. Every year, nominations are made by employees of the credit union with selections based on four Service Categories: Welcome, Serve, Educate and Offer.

Recognition for outstanding service in the “Welcome” category went to Dina Akutagawa (Kukui Grove Office) and Magielyn Nacnac (Lihue Office). Grace Carveiro (Kapaa Office), Justin Ganaden (Lihue Office) and Rubelyn Gorospe (Kukui Grove Office) were the recipients for excellent service under the “SERVE” category. The “EDUCATE” category was awarded to John Sean Kaley and Taylor Shigemoto of the Kukui Grove Office and Nora Shepherd of the Lihue Office. Kyra Canales and Lani Sonoda of the Lihue Office and Janah’lyn Ramirez of the Kukui Grove Office received honors for great service in the “OFFER” category.

Each recipient received one day of “Paid Time Off,” a certificate of appreciation and special recognition by President/CEO Mel Chiba and the Management Staff.

Attached: Picture of recipients from left to right: Back row, R. Gorospe, J. Ramirez, N. Shepherd, L. Sonoda, D. Akutagawa, M. Nacnac and K. Canales. Front row, T. Shigemoto, J. Ganaden, J. Kaley.

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