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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.

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

Taking after its namesake, our mascot Poincy is all about “covering” the people of Hawaii.

While Poincy is every inch the action-oriented mascot, he’s a little shy when it comes to proclaiming his powers of strength and kindness. Now you can be the one to give Poincy his very own catchphrase. As part of our Mascot Catchphrase Challenge, First Insurance invites you to pen your best Poincy catchphrase for a chance to win $250 worth of free gas.

Here’s how to participate:

First Insurance Company launches mascot catchphrase social media challenge

First Insurance Company launches mascot catchphrase social media challenge

HONOLULU – Since 1911, the inspiration for First Insurance’s symbol has been the Royal Poinciana tree, whose orange blossoms and broad, leafy branches provide coverage throughout Hawaii.

Taking after its namesake, our mascot Poincy is all about “covering” the people of Hawaii. While Poincy is every inch the action-oriented mascot, he’s a little shy when it comes to proclaiming his powers of strength and kindness. Now you can be the one to give Poincy his very own catchphrase. As part of our Mascot Catchphrase Challenge, First Insurance invites you to pen your best Poincy catchphrase for a chance to win $250 worth of free gas.

Here’s how to participate:

Island Sole Spreads its Wings with New Maui Store

Island Sole Spreads its Wings with New Maui Store

Island Sole announced today the grand opening of its fifth retail store in Hawai‘i and first Maui location at 736 A Front Street in Lahaina.

Island Sole is a locally owned company offering a wide selection of quality footwear for Hawai‘i’s lifestyle. The first Island Sole location opened on O‘ahu in 2011 and has since expanded to include four locations across O‘ahu at Ala Moana Center, Kāhala Mall, Pacific Beach Hotel and Waikīkī Beach Walk. The Front Street store, which was previously a Sanuk store managed by Island Sole’s parent company, The Art Source, Inc., has been rebranded as an Island Sole and expanded to include 700 square-feet of retail space.

In addition to offering one of the widest selections of Sanuk footwear on the island, Island Sole’s Lahaina store also features trendy beach and island lifestyle brands, such as Cobian, Havaianas, Island Slipper, OluKai, Rainbow Sandals, Reef and TOMS.

Wear Slippers and Save at Aqua Hotels & Resorts This Fall

Wear Slippers and Save at Aqua Hotels & Resorts This Fall

The following information is provided by Sandi Yara Communications:

Slip out of those heels and loafers and done some island-style "slippas" for cool savings with Aqua Hotels & Resorts this fall. Aqua's new "Slip Into Savings" promotion celebrates the company's local Hawaii lifestyle by offering travelers a 10 percent savings simply for wearing flip flops when checking in.

"Slippers are the universal footwear in Hawaii and appropriate for just about any island occasion," said Elizabeth Churchill, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "They are a perfect choice for a themed promotion as they help our guests kick off their vacations on the right foot by feeling like locals."

Aqua's Slip into Savings promotion is available August 1 through December 24, 2012. Visitors receive an additional 10 percent savings on the best available rate and must check-in wearing flip flops/slippers.