By The Way...
Aloha Harvest, a Hawaii-based non-profit
organization that works in partnership with food distributors to deliver
donated perishable food to feed the hungry, has received a $50,000 grant
from Kraft Foods. The funds will be used to expand the collection and
distribution of donated perishable foods delivered to social service
agencies on Oahu and to partially support the purchase of a new delivery
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The Board of Education has appointed Jo Ann
Schindler, Acting State Librarian since the retirement of Virginia Lowell
this past June, as the new State Librarian of the Hawaii State Public
Library System. Schindler will head the only statewide library system in
the nation, which is comprised of the Hawaii Library and 49 branch
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of the Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division, Dr. Reneau Kennedy,
was recently elected to serve a two-year term on the National
Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) for
Forensic Director’s National Executive Council. Kennedy represents the
Western Region of the U.S., which is made up of sixteen western states
including Hawaii, and the Guam and American Samoa territories.
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Maryknoll School recently partnered with the
Apple Store at Ala Moana Shopping Center to present Hawaii’s first-ever
“Night at the Apple Store” event.
The goal of the event was to celebrate the individual achievements
of the students, as well as showcase their abilities to collaborate and
problem solve using technology. Throughout the evening event, there were
numerous Mac computers displaying various student projects, including
iMovie book reports, AppleWorks slide shows, as well as projects created
on HyperStudio and PowerPoint. In the photo are Maryknoll School students
(front l–r) Dane Malinovich, Kate-lynn Fraser, Kristin Rabago, Chad
Asato; (back l–r) Denae Krause, Randall Kamisato, James Morris, II.
Hawaii Pacific University is offering a new
graduate degree program designed to help professionals update their
knowledge and skills in the IT profession. The demands of the business
world are changing rapidly due to the explosion of information technology.
It is imperative for professionals to keep pace. The Master of Science in
Information Systems (MSIS) for Professionals is an 18-month,
executive-style program tailored to individuals with academic, technical
and professional experience.
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Douglas Ching was
recently promoted to senior web project manager at Team Vision. In
addition to Web site programming and database maintenance and design,
Ching will manage the entire programming team. Ching previously served as
Team Vision’s web programmer where he was responsible for preparing and
optimizing client web pages, programming front and backend systems, Web
site maintenance, and designing and maintaining databases. Ching joined
Team Vision in January 2002 and has more than six years of computer
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recently promoted Nohea Torres to marketing and public relations
coordinator. In the newly created position, Torres will be responsible for
supporting the Museum’s marketing and public relations efforts as well
as special events and promotions. Torres most recently served as an
Education Cultural Specialist in the Museum’s Education Department.
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School children can enjoy a Jack in the Box
of opera surprises with a new program offered by Hawaii Opera Theatre
called the HOT Box. One-of-kind costumes, props, books, music, production
and set pieces, pop out of the HOT Box to provide students with a fun,
interactive learning experience. The free program is available to
classrooms for up to one week. Just call 596-7372 x 18 to reserve the HOT
Box for your school.
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Kahala Nui, a
Honolulu retirement community, has announced that Debra Takahashi has been
hired as marketing Assistant where she will assist the marketing director
and senior living counselors in the marketing and reservations of Kahala
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Children Together has received a $10,000 grant from the George P. &
Ida Tenney Castle Trust to support the Community Teen Center. The program
provides a positive and supportive setting for children ages 7 to 18. The
Community Teen Center promotes the development of healthy youth, families,
and communities by providing an abundance of positive activities and
experiences. Youth and family members are invited to participate in
educational, recreational, community building, and support services. Case
management services are available for youth and families struggling with
poor school performance, truancy, and other difficulties.
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Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer Arthur A.
Ushijima announced that Kenric Muraya-ma, M.D. has joined the medical
center as the new director of The Queen’s Center for Minimally Invasive
Surgery. Dr. Murayama’s primary responsibilities will include overseeing
the planning and implementation of the department, which consists of two
integrated operating suites and an inanimate skills laboratory. Dr.
Murayama will also serve as Vice Chairman for Clinical and Hospital
Affairs in the Department of Surgery for the John A. Burns School of
The Retail Merchants of Hawaii recently honored Hilo Hattie with the Hookela Award at its annual awards ceremony. The award, Resort Retail Business of the Year, was presented to Hilo Hattie for its commitment to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawaii.