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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has announced the 2014-2015 Halekulani Masterworks Season, which opens Saturday, September 13, 50 years to the day after the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall’s formal opening in 1964, which also featured the Symphony. To celebrate the thousands of classical, pops, education, opera and ballet performances that have made up so much of the HSO's history at the Blaisdell, the program will feature two of the works performed at the 1964 premiere, Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy to Romeo and Juliet and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Both works were chosen for the 1964 concert to mark the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.

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Avalon Development Co. Puts 17 Industrial Parcels At Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, On The Market

Site Blessing Launches Long-Awaited “Second City” Industrial Park Development

HONOLULU – Avalon Development Company LLC held a blessing ceremony on Thursday for the long-awaited last phase of the Kapolei Business Park in the heart of Oahu’s “Second City.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other community leaders attended Thursday’s site blessing, said Avalon President and CEO Christine Camp.

“It’s taken many years years but the dream of creating a fully developed industrial park to serve the entire island and spur further growth in Kapolei is a reality by our step towards completing the last phase of Kapolei Business Park,” Camp said. “The vision of Kapolei as a ‘Second City’ on Oahu began in the 1960s. New industries are thriving here and Kapolei Business Park has become a major center of employment. The employees and their families can significantly improve their quality of life by living and working in the same area.”

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

HONOLULU – The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 Hawaii students to assist them in pursuing higher education at colleges and universities.

“The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship fund helps students complete their higher education and become our next generation of innovators and leaders,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “Our grant will allow these outstanding students to focus on their educational goals.”

For the past five years, the fund has provided scholarship opportunities to current and past Safeway employees and their children. Students applied through the Hawaii Community Foundation, which administers the fund. They were required to have maintained a 3.0 grade point average, with preference given to students planning to attend a college or university in Hawaii.

Safeway Donates Over 16 Tons Of Ice To Aid Big Island Residents Impacted By Tropical Storm Iselle

HONOLULU – Safeway is sending over 16 tons of ice – 32,400 pounds to the Puna District of the Big Island to help residents who are still without electricity following Tropical Storm Iselle. The ice will be distributed through the American Red Cross aid station at the Pahoa Community Center on Thursday. The ice is expected to be available by 2 p.m.

Safeway is shipping two containers of ice from Oahu to Hilo to help meet the demand. Earlier this week, the company also trucked a container of ice from its store in Kailua-Kona to its store in Hilo.

“Many of our neighbors in the Puna area have been hit hard by Iselle and are still in need of basic supplies,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “This is the time for our entire community to pull together and do what we can to help in the relief effort.”


Hawaii Life Real Estate Hires Veteran Realtor For Oahu

Hawaii Life Real Estate Hires Veteran Realtor For Oahu

HONOLULU – Hawaii Life, one of the state’s top real estate companies – and host of the hit Hawaii Life realty show on the Home & Garden Television Network (HGTV) – has hired veteran real estate agent Jon S. Mann as its broker-in-charge for Oahu.

Mann, a REALTOR® since 2003, is the principal broker and founder of Jon S. Mann Real Estate, LLC in Honolulu. He has also authored three real estate eBooks in which he shares information about buying and selling real estate in Hawaii.

“Jon’s extensive experience in Hawaii real estate sales and property management makes him a great new asset to Hawaii Life,” said Matthew Beall, Hawaii Life’s principal broker. “Hawaii Life has seen amazing growth over the past six years, thanks in a large part to our outstanding team of brokers and agents. Jon will help us remain one of the top real estate companies in the Islands.”

Community Groups Benefit From Over $190,000 in Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Grant Funding

Community Groups Benefit From Over $190,000 in Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Grant Funding

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that it has selected six community health and wellness organizations to receive grants for their work serving Hawaii’s youth and populations at risk. The following recipients will be awarded a combined total of more than $190,000 in community benefit funds:

Ardente Duo's Return to Atherton August 31 Features Franck’s Sonata for Violin & Piano

Ardente Duo's Return to Atherton August 31 Features Franck’s Sonata for Violin & Piano

On Sunday, August 31, at 4:00 p.m., the Ardente Duo (violinist Darel Stark and pianist Sachi P. Hirakouji) fill the Atherton Performing Arts Studio with arguably one of the finest works for violin and piano ever written, César Franck’s soaring Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major. The program also includes works by Beethoven, Edward Elgar, and Eugène Ysaÿe. The concert gives audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy the Atherton’s magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano. Reservations may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets for the Ardente Duo’s afternoon of chamber music are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawai‘i Public Radio Plaza, 738 Kaheka Street.