Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, November 16, 2008

• Kaua‘i regional nominees of the 2008 Retail Merchants of Hawaii Association annual awards

• Hawaiian adds another new Airbus A330

• Time Warner Cable seeks creative Hawai‘i teachers

• The Kaua‘i Developers Council’s last gene

Kaua‘i regional nominees of the 2008 Retail Merchants of Hawaii Association annual awards

The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce announced the 2008 Kauai regional nominees of the annual Retail Merchants of Hawaii Ho‘okela Awards that were presented at the Chamber’s Business After Hours networking event hosted by Coconut Marketplace.

The event also provided attendees an update of the renovations taking place at the Marketplace by owners Wilkow & Associates of Chicago. The $4 million investment to upgrade the center included the re-roofing of the centers’ buildings, landscaping features and removal of the water features that were previously located at the center’s main entrance and stage areas as well as renovation of some existing structures.

The purpose of the annual Retail Merchants of Hawaii Ho‘okela Awards is to recognize businesses in different retail categories that are doing business in Hawai‘i’s retail industry sector. The Kaua‘i nominees include two businesses in this category. Kauai Products Store and its president, Mary Rich.

The category’s purpose honors an outstanding storefront retail business that has contributed to the success and vitality of the retail industry in Kaua‘i County. According to the nominator, First Hawaiian Bank, the store has been located at the Kukui Grove Center for 18 years. The stores’ inventory is “almost exclusively from the island of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.”

Another Kaua‘i business nominated was Kamaohelani Inc., dba, Sole Mates, located in Coconut Marketplace. The business, purchased by John and Juliet Kaohelauli‘i in 2004, is a retail footwear store whose main market is visitors who need footwear to enjoy their activities safely. At the statewide event, Kamaohelani Inc., dba Sole Mates was selected as Kaua‘i’s 2008 Retail Business of the Year.

A business recognized in the Neighborhood Retail Business (Single Store) category was Sweet Pia’s and its owner/founder, Suzanne Pia-Rose. The purpose of this category is to honor an outstanding Neighborhood single-location storefront retail company that has contributed to the success and vitality of its community. Previous Kaua‘i County recipients included: Jim Saylor Jewelers (2007); Nakoa Enterprises, Inc. (2006); M. Kawamura Farm (2005); Lotus Gallery (2004); Kilohana Lighting (2003) and Chicks Who Rip (2002). For more information, visit www.kauaichamber.org.

Hawaiian adds another new Airbus A330, moves up introductions to 2010

Hawaiian Airlines recently announced that it has acquired another new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which joins two other A330s announced two weeks ago.

The company has also negotiated delivery of two of the new aircraft in the second quarter of 2010, beginning Hawaiian’s transition to a new long-range fleet two years earlier than originally planned.

The three new A330’s are in addition to the agreement that Hawaiian announced this past February to purchase up to 24 new Airbus aircraft.

The wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 seats 298 passengers in a two-class configuration and has an operating range of 6,050 nautical miles, allowing Hawaiian to fly significantly farther nonstop than what is allowed by its current fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. 

In February, Hawaiian signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire six A330-200 aircraft and six a350XWB-800 (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft direct from the manufacturer, with purchase rights for an additional six a339-200s and six A350XWB-800s. The first deliveries of A330s under Hawaiian’s purchase agreement with Airbus will join the fleet in 2012, with the A350s under Hawaiian’s purchase agreement with Airbus will join the fleet in 2012, with the A350s scheduled for delivery starting in 2017. The purchase agreement has a total list price value of approximately $4.4 billion if the purchase rights to all 24 aircraft are exercised.

Time Warner Cable seeks creative Hawai‘i teachers and a champion principal for its National Teacher Awards

Oceanic Time Warner Cable today issued a call for Hawai‘i entries for Time Warner Cable’s 2009 National Teacher Awards. Now in its 20th year, the program recognizes classroom projects that use the resources Time Warner Cable provides to schools at no charge to enhance the learning experience for students and teachers. Fifteen teachers or teacher teams will be chosen from entries submitted from areas served by Time Warner Cable divisions around the country, including Hawai‘i. Winners receive a $2,000 cash prize, $3,000 cash for the advancement of classroom technology for their school and a Crystal Apple sculpture, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. for a gala awards celebration.

Time Warner Cable is also seeking a “Champion Principal” who supports teachers’ use of technology as an effective learning tool. The Champion Principal will also be recognized at the awards gala in Washington and will receive $5,000 for classroom technology enhancement in his/her school. 

To be eligible to enter projects for consideration in the National Teacher Awards, teachers must be in a state accredited public or private school (K-12) located within a Time Warner Cable service area. To be eligible, classroom projects must fall within the 2008/2009 school year. 

For more information or to receive an entry form, visit www.oceanic.com. Nominations for the Champion Principal only can also be made online at www.timewarnercable.com/nationalteacherawards.

The Kaua‘i Developers Council’s last general membership meeting of year on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Kaua‘i Developers Council will host a continental breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Hotel (Jasmine). The guest presenter will be county Planning Director Ian Costa, who will be discussing planning studies, CZO updates and more. RSVP by tomorrow. Contact Michelle Swartman at 632-2530 or mswartman@grovefarm.com. Cost for the event is $20 for members, $22 for non-members.

American Savings Bank’s “First Saturday” donations provide Halloween costumes for Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Hawai‘i.

American Savings Bank held its monthly “First Saturday” community collection program on Nov. 1 and collected a variety of new and gently used Halloween costumes and accessories in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Hawai‘i.

“The costumes collected will benefit our mentoring programs that support the agency’s children in activities that take place throughout the year,” said Dennis Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu. The “First Saturday” program was developed in conjunction with American Savings Bank’s extended branch hours. For First Saturday, the 48 American Savings Bank branches statewide that are open on Saturdays serve as collection points for donated items for a designated nonprofit organization on the first Saturday of every month.

State-of-the-art telehealth monitors for Kaua‘i patients             

Patients recovering from surgery or who have chronic medical conditions are now able to take an active role in managing their health without leaving the comfort of their own home, thanks to the help of new, state-of-the-art telehealth monitors. St. Francis Home Care Services-Kauai is the first on the island to provide this new service and is launching it during National Home Care and Hospice Month. 

The telehealth monitors are made possible through a $60,000 grant from the Antone and Edene Vidinha Trust. St. Francis Home Care Services is leasing the monitors to reach more patients.  Telemonitors are ideal for patients who are able to use the monitor themselves or have a family member to help them, and allow nurses of St. Francis Home Care Services-Kauai to stay in constant touch with their patients.

The equipment is set up in the home and prompts patients to check their vital signs such as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar level or pulse oximetry (oxygen in the blood). It also reminds patients to take their medications. The information is sent through a phone line to the home care office for nurses to review. 

“Home health nurses generally visit their patients two or three times a week to monitor and assess their patients’ medical condition,” said Dardanelle Ka‘auwai, director of St. Francis Home Care Services-Kaua‘i. “Telehealth monitoring allows our nurses to be in contact with their patients on a daily basis and spot any significant trends in their medical condition such as an increased blood pressure or pulse, fluid retention, weight gains and variables in their blood glucose levels.”

St. Francis Home Care Services on O‘ahu plans to start using the monitors in the first quarter of 2009.For more information about St. Francis Home Care Services-Kaua‘i, call 245-6430.

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