No Money Machine for Ching

LIHUE — Vanessa Ching said she liked the Money Machine presented by First Hawaiian Bank at the Contractors Association of Kauai home expo, recently.

“It looked like a lot of fun,” Ching said Wednesday at First Hawaiian Bank, Lihue Branch. “I really wanted to try and see how much money I could collect, but they never called my number.”

Instead, Ching was announced the winner of the Las Vegas trip package by the CAK.

“I couldn’t believe it when they called,” Ching said. “My husband Irvin and I had our honeymoon in Las Vegas, last year.”

She was at First Hawaiian Bank to claim her certificate for the Las Vegas package, which includes a trip for two to Las Vegas for five days, including air fair, hotel, and meals from the CAK and partners Mokihana Travel and First Hawaiian Bank.

“This was the first time I went to the expo,” Ching said. “My husband has a business, Garden Island Janitorial, and my father-in-law encouraged us to check out the event to see if there was anything we could use in the business. I never expected to win this.”

She said it was a good experience because there were some interesting things, not only for the business, but for homeowners and people looking to do home repairs.

Additionally, as a part-time employee with the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch, she could not help by notice the display of food set up in the lobby of the bank’s Lihue Branch touting an ongoing food drive.

“I help the people who come in with their needs,” Ching said. “Last week, it broke my heart when a family came in looking for food. They had a little child with them, and we did what we could to at least help them out.”

Ogata, Ishikawa are Hawaii Gas winners

Marian Ogata won a $100 dinner certificate from the Duke’s Canoe Club at Kalapaki. But Monday, she was more concerned about how do you know when your gas tank is empty at the Hawaii Gas office in Lihue.

“How can you tell?” she asked Glenn Takenouchi, Hawaii Gas manager of the Kauai station. “The last time, I thought it was empty and when the guy came, he lifted it and said we still had a lot more gas.”

Ogata and Mrs. Takako Ishikawa were the award winners presented by Hawaii Gas during the recent First Hawaiian Bank and Contractors Association of Kauai home expo at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Ishikawa was the recipient of a $100 dinner certificate from the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, which recently introduced its new executive chef, Rodman Machado.

“This is wonderful,” Ishikawa said. “I have never been to the Kauai Beach Resort for food. I thought this was the place by the Wailua River. Now, I can see what kind of good food they have.”

Ogata said she is familiar with Duke’s because she serves as a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock Up held annually at the Duke’s.

“Now, I can bring my family and have their good food without having to volunteer,” Ogata said.

Takenouchi explained that gas is usually odorless and to help people indicate the status of their gas cylinders, an odorant is added to the gas.

“The odorant is denser than the gas and settles to the bottom of the cylinder,” he said. “When you smell it, that should be an indicator the cylinder is running low.”

Hawaii Gas was a major sponsor of the First Hawaiian Bank, CAK home expo.

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