News and Events for Saturday, August 27, 2011

• 37th annual Kaua‘i County Business Outlook Forum • Kekaha Host

Community Benefits meeting • Solving nonprofit challenges

creatively • Banks collect 12 tons of food, raise $31,000 for

Hawai‘i Foodbank

37th annual Kaua‘i County Business Outlook Forum

The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will host its third-quarter membership meeting on Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa in Po‘ipu.

The event will feature a “Kaua‘i Economy in 2012” presentation by Dr. Leroy Laney, professor of economics and finance at Hawai‘i Pacific University, and a “U.S. and Global Economy Forecast” presented by Dr. Jack Suyderhoud, professor of business economics, Schidler College of Business, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

The Chamber will also present the 4th Annual Mea Ho‘omanao Awards.

Registration and no-host cocktails begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration available at the door for non-members and guest. Deadline for chamber-member registration is Monday.

For additional information, go to or call 245-7363.

Kekaha Host Community Benefits meeting

The Kekaha Host Community Benefits Citizens Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center, a Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance announcement said.

The purpose of the meeting is to finalize a work plan and schedule for the solicitation, review and submittal to the mayor of projects recommended for funding through the Kekaha HCB fund.

The Host Community Benefits Fund was established by the County of Kaua‘i in 2008 to compensate the Kekaha community for the location of the landfill in their area, KPAA said. The fund now totals $897,290, according to Beth Tokioka of the Mayor’s Office.

Also on the agenda for discussion will be to clarify the conflict of interest rule and compliance with the Sunshine Law and to review and take action on the CAC’s Charter and Agreements, Vision, Work Plan and Meeting Schedule (Draft 2).

The work plan sets May 2012 as the target date for submitting to the Mayor recommendations for projects to be funded through the Host Community Benefits program.

Public comments and testimony will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting, and during the meeting at the discretion of the Chair.

For more information, cont KPAA at 632-2005 or

Solving nonprofit challenges creatively

 Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance is offering an action-oriented workshop for Kaua‘i nonprofit staff and board members called “Co-intelligence and Creative Problem Solving” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Lihu‘e Public Library meeting room.

The trainer is Jeff Schwarz, president and founder of Kela Associates on Maui. He is a successful organizational innovator, management consultant, entrepreneur, marketer, strategic planner, mentor and coach, according to a KPAA announcement.  

 “Today’s nonprofit climate requires flexibility and creativity to address challenges,” KPAA President and CEO Diane Zachary stated. “Jeff has an ability to assist groups to create relevant solutions by drawing out the best in everyone.”

Participants will learn the fundamental principles and techniques of effective collaborative decision-making, creative problem solving and co-intelligence in nonprofit settings, the announcement said.  Working in small groups, attendees will practice applying these tools to real-world problems that have confronted other nonprofits.

Key issues, challenges, or opportunities facing Kaua‘i nonprofits will be identified and discussed by applying co-intelligence and creative problem solving to current or emerging issues, challenges or opportunities.

Advance registration and payment is required. The cost is $50 per person and includes two hours of individual coaching with the trainer by phone or Skype to be scheduled after the workshop to explore applying these tools and techniques at the participant’s organization.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and refreshments.

The workshop flyer and registration form can be downloaded from KPAA’s website at Register online at For more information, call KPAA at 632-2005 or email 

The workshop is supported by the Atherton Foundation with the support of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. 

 KPAA is a non-profit membership organization that serves as a neutral convener, providing a forum to the community to develop and implement effective solutions to issues that matter to Kaua‘i.

Banks collect 12 tons of food, raise $31,000 for Hawai‘i Foodbank

The Hawai‘i Bankers Association announced earlier this month that its fourth annual drive for the Hawai‘i Foodbank Food Drive netted more than 12 tons of food and raised nearly $31,000. 

Ten financial institutions joined together to collect food and raise donations for this year’s drive.

The banks employed a number of creative tactics to raise donations, including holding bake sales, car washes and hosting silent auctions, a news release said.

“Despite all the community’s efforts to drive out hunger, the demand for food continues to outpace our ability to collect donations,” said Gary Y. Fujitani, executive director of the Hawai‘i Bankers Association. “That’s what makes drives such as this one so important.  Our members work hard to not only foster financial health in the community, but social health as well.” 

Finance Factors once again led Hawai‘i Banking Association members in monetary collections with more than $11,600 collected. They were followed by Territorial Savings Bank which raised more than $6,400.

Food collection was also topped by Finance Factors with more than 6,000 pounds collected followed by Bank of Hawai‘i and First Hawaiian Bank.

The Hawai‘i Bankers Association’s drive followed the 22nd annual Hawai‘i Foodbank Food Drive, which raises awareness and collects donations with the assistance of numerous local business coalitions and government organizations. 

“Hardships continue for thousands of island families. We are grateful to the Hawai‘i Bankers Association, participating banks and all their employees and customers that participated in the Hawai‘i Bankers Association Food Drive. Collectively, they helped provide food for nearly 100,000 meals to islanders that need it most,” according to Dick Grimm, president of the Hawai‘i Foodbank.


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