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maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

H&M to open first Hawaii store

H&M to open first Hawaii store

H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), will open its first location in the state of Hawaii on March 27 at noon. The flagship store, located in the Waikiki Business Plaza, will feature 31,000 square feet of fashion!

“We are truly excited to open our first location in the islands at this iconic shopping location in Waikiki,” said Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “People from across the globe travel to Hawaii to experience its very special culture and an environment that is unlike any other in the US or in the world. Our new flagship location will be a great addition to the luxury retail mix on Kalakaua Avenue, giving residents and tourists alike great choices in fashion with great value.”

Opening new stores across the country allows H&M to support local economies where they operate stores. 160 local employees have been hired for the new location, including 20 people that will return from the mainland home to Hawaii.

Kahala Mall welcomes Quiksilver Board Room

Kahala Mall welcomes Quiksilver Board Room

HONOLULU –  Kahala Mall today welcomes Quiksilver Board Room to East Oahu’s most popular shopping and dining center. The new, 1,145-square-foot store in the former Kahala Lifestyles space recently opened catering to adult water enthusiasts and is also the official showroom for Wade Tokoro surfboards.

“Wade is one of the greatest surfboard shapers in the world today, especially for the Hawaiian waters, and we’re excited to showcase his boards alongside the latest water sports clothing and accessories on the markeQuiksilver Board Room, as well as the popular Up & Riding store at Kahala Mall. “We know Kahala Mall is one of the better locations for our new venture to reach both locals and tourists alike.”

HSPLS Promotes Reading at Honolulu Zoo Event on March 15

HSPLS Promotes Reading at Honolulu Zoo Event on March 15

In celebration of National Reading Month, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is partnering with the Honolulu Zoo Society, Children’s Literature Hawaii and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl to present “Wild About Reading” on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Zoo.  “Wild About Reading” is a free event with purchase of zoo admission.

The purpose of this event is to stimulate an interest in reading and highlight the importance of literacy.  Gates will open at 9 a.m. and the first 500 families admitted will receive a ticket for a complimentary copy of “Chee-Lin: A Giraffe's Journey” by award-winning children's author James Rumford.  An opening ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. and various activities will promote reading children’s books about zoo animals throughout the event.