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Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

Customers Can Get Free McCafe® Coffee at McDonald’s® During Breakfast Hours From Sept. 16 to 29

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is planning a second round of coffee sampling from September 16 to 29 where customers can get a free small hot cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants, no purchase necessary. In Hawaii only, the coffee is a unique Royal Kona Blend that now comes in a richer and bolder flavor. It is freshly roasted in Hawaii and supplied to McDonald’s by Hawaii Coffee Company.

“McDonald’s of Hawaii has been serving our Royal Kona Blend brand since its first restaurant opened in Aina Haina in 1968,” said Jim Lenhart, Hawaii Coffee Company vice president of sales and service. “We’re proud of our more than 40-year partnership and have enjoyed working with McDonald’s of Hawaii to develop quality local products for McDonald’s customers.”

2015 Hawaii Red Cross Hero Nominations Now Open!

2015 Hawaii Red Cross Hero Nominations Now Open!

Do you know a hero – someone who has saved a life, made our community a safer place or gone above and beyond to help someone in need?

Each year, the Hawaii Red Cross celebrates and honors local citizens who exemplify the spirit of humanitarianism in line with the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering by coming to the aid of disaster victims, helping to save lives, and assisting military service members and their families.

The Hawaii Red Cross needs your help identifying local heroes! If you know a person or group that fits into one of the five Red Cross Hero categories below, submit a nomination form to honor their actions! (Note: act or activity must have taken place after July 1, 2013)

Local Businesses Jump On Board to Support We Get ‘Em! Campaign

Local Businesses Jump On Board to Support We Get ‘Em! Campaign

Community momentum for the We Get ‘Em! campaign continues to grow, with local businesses pledging support for the program.  Businesses include: Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Hukilau Honolulu, Honolulu Burger Co., JJ Dolans and Pagoda Floating Restaurant.  Each business has pledged $1 for each of the following items purchased now through the end of October: glass of Kona Lager at Murphy’s, the daily special at Hukilau Honolulu, any combo meal at Honolulu Burger Co., any pizza at JJ Dolans and the buffet at Pagoda Floating Restaurant.    

“Most college sports programs face financial challenges,” said Don Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Bar & Grill and campaign co-lead. “UH sports have positively impacted all of us and we just want to do our part to help keep it alive in our community.”

Hawaii Red Cross Recruiting Disaster Volunteers

Hawaii Red Cross Recruiting Disaster Volunteers

The Hawaii Red Cross is recruiting disaster volunteers on the islands of Oahu, Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai.  “A critical piece in preparing our local communities for disasters like Iselle before they occur is having trained volunteers on standby and ready to respond,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO, Hawaii Red Cross.  “We encourage new volunteers to join the Red Cross ohana and support our mission of helping those in need.”

Show Your Aloha Spirit By Purchasing Aloha Festivals Merchandise

Show Your Aloha Spirit By Purchasing Aloha Festivals Merchandise

HONOLULU – The Aloha Festivals proudly presents its 2014 merchandise collection to mark its 68th year celebrating Hawaiian culture and heritage. The 2014 Aloha Festivals merchandise – ribbons, power bands and T-shirts – reflects the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace through its sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa in honor of this year’s theme “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“We invite the public to join us in celebrating and supporting Hawaii’s premier kamaʻaina festival,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The proceeds made from the Aloha Festivals ribbons and power bands allow us to share Hawaii’s history and culture with the community through our free events during the month of September.”

Pan-Pacific Festival Names Christine Kubota Advisory Committee Chair

Pan-Pacific Festival Names Christine Kubota Advisory Committee Chair

HONOLULU – Christine Kubota has been appointed as the new Chair of the Pan-Pacific Festival Advisory Committee. Kubota’s role is to lead the efforts for Pan-Pacific Festival events, be a liaison with community partners and provide strategic fundraising support. She replaces Benjamin Fukumoto, who served as the chairman for the past nine years.

Kubota is an attorney at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert practicing in corporate, commercial and real estate law since 1988. Her practice also includes immigration law, estate planning and employment matters that address the needs of her Japanese clients. Kubota graduated from Chaminade University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Asian Studies and from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific with a juris doctor degree.

Ready, Set, Glow at the Inaugural Ward Village NiteRun

Ready, Set, Glow at the Inaugural Ward Village NiteRun