News and Events for Monday, April 30, 2012

• Talk Story owner finalist for award • 8 honored for Green Innovation • Restoration project, contractor awarded • Hawai‘i Pacific wins Great Workplace

Talk Story owner finalist for award

Pacific Business Magazine has named Ed Justus, owner of Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe, as one of the finalists for its Business Achievement Awards in the category of Young Professional of the Year, a news release states.

“We are delighted to recognize the impressive finalists in all 10 of our categories,” said Naomi Hazelton-Giambrone, co-founder of Element Media.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony May 31 at The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace on O‘ahu.

8 honored for Green Innovation  

The Rotary Club of Kapa‘a honored eight local businesses as the winners of its 2012 Kaua‘i Green Innovation Awards on April 18 in Kapa‘a. Recipients were presented with bamboo plaques provided by the Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development.  

The eight winners are Islandwide Solar, Renewable Energy Technologies, The Hukilau Lanai Restaurant, Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort, Twisted Plastics, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Kapa‘a Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i, and Kaua‘i Crayons.

“Each of these winning initiatives contributes significantly to helping our island be a cleaner, greener and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Judah Freed, chair of the Rotary Club’s vocational committee, which coordinates the annual green awards.

Each entry was judged on four criteria: innovation, environmental impact, effectiveness and scalability.

For more information about the winners, visit

Restoration project, contractor awarded

The Kaua‘i Historic County Building restoration project won top honors with an Award of Excellence in the category of Renovations/Remodeling at the 2012 Annual General Contractors Association “Build Hawai‘i” awards ceremony held in Honolulu on April 21.  

The award recognizes the achievements of leading contractors and construction projects in the State of Hawai‘i. The project’s general contractor was Shioi Construction.

The awards are presented by the General Contractors Association of Hawai‘i, which represents mostly Honolulu-based contractors.

Hawai‘i Pacific wins Great Workplace

Hawai‘i Pacific Health has been named a recipient of the 2012 Gallup Great Workplace Award and will be one of 27 organizations to be honored at the upcoming Gallup Summit from May 15 to 17 in Omaha, Neb., a news release states.   

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” Raymond Vara, president of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, said in the release. “Employee engagement is one of our keys to success, and we place a special emphasis on recruiting and retaining highly engaged employees who are passionate about our mission.”

A panel of workplace experts evaluated organizations and found Hawai‘i Pacific Health demonstrates “one of the most productive and engaged work forces in the world,” the release states.

Hawai‘i Pacific Health is a nonprofit health care system and the state’s largest health care provider.


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