News and Events for Sunday, July 31, 2011

• Kaua‘i Red Cross changes location • ‘Marketing on a Shoestring

Budget’ • Another blessing for Habitat for Humanity • Hawai‘i

SolarCity Launch

Kaua‘i Red Cross changes location

The Kaua‘i Red Cross is moving its offices from 4371 Puaole St., Ste. A, in Lihu‘e to 4485 Pahee St., Ste. 145, in Lihu‘e, a news release announced.

During this transition, there will be a short period of time when the office will be closed for normal business; however, calls from the public will still be received by the same phone number (245-4919). Disaster volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and disaster response will continue uninterrupted.

‘Marketing on a Shoestring Budget’

Kaua‘i Health and Wellness Association has invited Debra Jason of The Write Direction to present a condensed version of one of her two-hour workshops to the association members, a news release announced. 

Entitled “Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: Cost-Effective Ways to Market Yourself and Your Business,” the presentation explores several strategies business professionals can implement to gain exposure and effectively promote themselves without “breaking the bank.”   

Jason will be one of three featured speakers during the three-hour, members-only Professional-Personal Enrichment Program from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 11 in Kapa‘a.

KHWA Founders Char Ravelo of Inspiration Magazine and Francesco Garripoli of Kahuna Valley will also be speaking that day. The event is free to members on a first-come, first-served basis. Members are asked to RSVP to Fran Becker by calling 246-8986.

The Kaua‘i Health and Wellness Association is a non-profit, membership-based organization that represents all businesses concerned with issues of health and wellness. From individual practitioners to large facilities, the association is open to healthcare professionals and everyone with a vested interest in the wellness of Kaua’i residents and visitors alike. KHWA information may be found online at

Another blessing for Habitat for Humanity

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completion of another home and make three important announcements:

First, it will launch a fundraising campaign of $3 million for affordable home subdivision. Second, it will begin a new program to repair and renovate deteriorating houses. And third, it will return to Anahola by end of year to build homes for five more families.

Kaua‘i Habitat homeowners, volunteers, staff, supporters, Mayor Bernard CarvalhoJr. and Habitat for Humanity invite the public to join in a blessing from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug 14 at the home of Melanie Kaneapua, 8068 Hoomau St., Kekaha.

For additional information, visit Habitat for Humanity’s website at, email or call 335-0296.

Hawai‘i SolarCity Launch

SolarCity, a solar power and energy efficiency provider, is saying it plans to create as many as 100 local “green” jobs. after opening an operations center on O‘ahu with plans to serve more business and non-profit customers on Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Lanai.

The financing for projects including Hawai‘i, was a Google partnership with SolarCity to create a $280 million fund for residential solar projects.

Hawai’i homeowners and businesses, who pay some of the highest electricity rates in the U.S., can now pay less for solar electricity than they currently pay for electricity from the utility grid. SolarCity, Hawai’i’s first full service solar power provider, is now offering one of the most affordable residential solar options on O’ahu, allowing some homeowners to adopt solar for as little as $60 per month. SolarCity will initially serve residential customers on O‘ahu, and business and non-profit customers on O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai’i Island, Kaua‘i and Lana’i.

Local homeowners and business owners interested in SolarCity’s services can contact the company directly at 1-808-792-1233 for a free, no-obligation solar consultation, or visit SolarCity online at


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.