San Miguel Beer Back | Good Principal, Bad Principal | NewsMorphosis III Tomorrow | Hawaii Symphony Triumph

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BY SEN. SAM SLOM – Hawaii Symphony Triumph! Last Friday, the new Hawaii Symphony Orchestra debuted at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. It was a triumph! The Symphony re-emerged because of the efforts of recent SBH business civic leadership awardee Vicky Cayetano and the many community volunteers who assisted her.  Jahja Ling was Conductor and Sarah Chang was guest solo violinist. The next program is November 3. Contact the NBC box office at 808-593-2468. SBH strongly supports the Symphony and urges you to do the same.



Mike Wood Tomorrow at Sunrise! The monthly SBH SUNRISE Networking Breakfast is tomorrow, Thursday, October 24 at the Pineapple Room in Macy’s Ala Moana Center from 7 – 8:30 am. Want a positive, uplifting message? Want to meet an amazing local entrepreneur? Then come hearMike Wood of MW Group, Ltd. Mike’s topic is, “Never Give Up On Your Dreams.”  Wood is the co-founder and Principal of MW Group, Ltd. He has been in the real estate development industry for over 25 years.


In addition to his expertise in Commercial Real Estate, Mike has been instrumental in the development and management of the company’s Self Storage Facilities (Hawaii Self Storage) as well as the Assisted Living Facilities (Plaza Assisted Living). Mike does it all.

Networking, full breakfast buffet, and business updates. All participants will be introduced. For information and reservations, contact Janayhe TODAY at SBH at 396-1724.


NewsMorphosis III Tomorrow. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 24th, ThinkTech and the Hawaii Venture Capital Association present “NewsMorphosis III Online” at the Plaza Club. They’ll examine how effective online news is in reporting the news. Howard Dicus of Hawaii News Now will be the moderator. Registration and lunch is at 11:30 am. The program runs from noon to 1:30 pm.


The Star-Advertiser’s Dave Shapiro has been added to the panel which also includes: Patti Epler of Civil Beat and Huffington Post Hawaii; Jared Kuroiwa of KHON2-TV; Steve Petranik of Hawaii Business Magazine;and Malia Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter.Career Journalist Jerry Burris will provide opening remarks for the program. RSVP at HVCA.ORG.


Hokule’a Visits Hawaii Kai Towne Centre. Numerous paddlers, sailors and surfers had the great honor of greeting the Hokule’a upon her arrival in Maunalua Bay on Monday.  The Hokulea is now docked at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center courtyard and stage area for this week as part of its Malama Hawaii leg of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The voyaging canoe will be open for public tours from 3 to 5 p.m. through October 25 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 26. Additionally, Hokule’a will be available for school group tours. Hokuleʻa is in the midst of its Malama Hawaii tour, sailing 1,000 miles statewide, with stops at 30 ports, before departing for Tahiti in May 2014. The mission of Hokule’a’s Worldwide Voyage is to navigate toward a healthy and sustainable future through voyaging and new ways of learning.


Funds for Gina. More than 400 people attended a medical costs fundraiser for popular State Senate staffer, Gina Williams, at the Bishop Museum last Sunday evening. Williams, who works for Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, is a personable, professional woman who has been battling cancer. Gina is winning! She has many hundreds of people who support her. Hawaii News Now’s Keoki Kerr MC’d the event.


Wilcox Recognized. Leslie Wilcox, PBS President & CEO, is being recognized as one of the “2013 Women Who Makes A Difference.” The award was presented by the International Women’s Forum. Wilcox was among 8 international winners recognized last Friday in Vancouver.


Namiki New CEO At Y.  Noriko Namiki, was appointed CEO of the Honolulu YWCA.  Namiki, a former television journalist who joined the YWCA as chief information officer last year, was among a pool of 25 applicants, according to board member Signe Godfrey of Olsten Staffing, who was a member of the selection committee tasked with naming a new CEO following the departure of Kimberly Miyazawa Frank.  Namiki had been serving as interim CEO since February,when Frank left to join Larry Ellison‘s Lanai Resorts LLC, now called Pulama Lanai, as its vice president of human resources and community development.


Expensive to Dine With Abercrombie. Governor Neil Abercrombie is on the campaign trail. Just back from New York where he was the recipient of a $1,000 a plate fundraiser-the Governor said he was going to Washington, D.C. to straighten out the Congress during its standoff with his pal President Obama- but clearly he had other objectives. Next, our Gov journeyed to Indian Creek Island, Florida for a $2,000-$6,000 a plate soiree. The village is unique among similar-sized communities in having its own State of Florida sworn police force including its own 24/7 armed boat patrol around the island. Indian Creek Village is one of the most protected and secure incorporated municipalities in the United States.


Good Principal, Bad Principal. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Jeffrey Piontek, former principal of Hawaii Technology Academy, in Santa Monica, for allegedly stealing and laundering $100,000 in school funds. On the other side is Naomi M. Matsuzaki, principal of Kahaluu Elementary School in Kaneohe, who is among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2013 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The NDPs will be honored Oct. 25 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program, which for more than 20 years has been generously funded by VALIC.


Tom Moffatt is MC for American Patriot Awards. The Honolulu Navy League announced Tom Moffatt as their Master of Ceremonies for the 10th American Patriot Awards Dinner and Presentation this Saturday, October 26, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawaii Ballroom. David C. Livingston, Honolulu Navy League president, said: “Every year the Honolulu Navy League donates over $100,000 to an array of support, recognition and relief programs benefiting locally based Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members.” Please consider attending this event and help support men and women in uniform.


San Miguel Beer Back. Premium beverage importers and distributors, G.K. Skaggs and Young’s Market Company Hawaii, have teamed up to be the exclusive suppliers of San Miguel beer to Hawaii. In an effort to meet the needs of a growing consumer demand, San Miguel Light, San Miguel Red Horse, Cerveza Negra and famous San Miguel Pale Pilsen, will all be available throughout The Aloha State.


The San Miguel Brewery was established in 1890, and is the oldest brewery in Southeast Asia. With its 120+ years of brewing experience, San Miguel Brewery has become the world’s 20th largest global beer brand.  In 2010, renowned importer of premium beverages, G.K. Skaggs, was granted the exclusive import rights to distribute the classic Filipino beer in select U.S. states. With this month’s Hawaiian deal, G.K. Skaggs will now be in charge of the supply of San Miguel beer in 19 U.S. states.


HPU Names Edwards CFO. Hawaii Pacific University President Geoffrey Bannister has named D. Bruce Edwardsas its next vice president and CFO. Edwards currently serves as senior vice president for business and finance at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., and is the board chairman of the 24-institution Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Association. Edwards holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University.


More on Solar.  After our story last week on HECO and PV solar, this message was received from a reader: “Aloha, I wanted to let you know that the Board of Electricians and Plumbers held a meeting on Oct 15 to determine whether all solar PV installation can only be done by C-13 journey worker electricians rather than C-60 solar installers. PV testifiers showed that technology has evolved and now you can basically plug panels in like a refrigerator. Hook up to circuit box is still done by C-13. An unnecessary change in rules will impact the entire solar and construction industry in general, cost many people their jobs, and significantly increase costs to consumers. Decision deferred to Nov. 5 meeting. There was no media in attendance but thought this is media worthy. Thanks.” I think so, too. Mahalo for keeping us informed.


KSBE To Sell Center Buildings. Pacific Business News reported that Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate plans to sell the buildings in their Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. KSBE will seek a leasehold sale of the buildings while continuing to own the land. KSBE is Hawaii’s largest private landowner.


“Cabaret” at DHT. The production of “Cabaret” at the Diamond Head Theatre by all accounts was very successful with topnotch acting, staging and music. The original play run was extended through last Sunday. It was timely, and many wonder if planned at this time, to further coincide with the upcoming Legislative Special Session and full court press for same sex marriage. “Cabaret” is rich in homosexual overtones and scenes. Nontheless, the story-about what happens in a country when good people do nothing about emerging authoritarianism- and the acting, deserve kudos. Intolerance of any kind is not a welcome attribute; but there must be room for unbridled free speech, differing opinion and religious liberty.


Special Session Coming. Hawaii’s not-so-special same sex marriage Special Session begins at 10 am next Monday, October 28. It is expected to last 5 working days. The Senate will also consider several departmental and judicial interim nominees.


Amine to Join SBH. The newest Smart Business Hawaii team member is Susan Amine who will join SBH November 1 as Office Manager/Administrative Assistant. She and husband Randy own the Koko Marina 76 gasoline station and Susan is an active Shaklee Distributor. The family lives in Hawaii Kai with their children. Susan is also active with Kamiloiki School. Amine succeeds Janayhe Self who continues to lead the Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce.


Obamacare Forum October 29. Want more info on the Connector, health costs and options and your choices now? HMAA and SBH are sponsoring an ACA (Obamacare) healthcare reform luncheon update, our second, Tuesday, October 29, 11 am – 1 pm at the Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai. Reg Baker, SBH Director and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HMAA, will provide an alternative perspective. Call SBH at 396-1724 for reservations.


SBH Young Entrepreneurs. Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) is seeking Young Entrepreneurs. The very capable and energeticNoelani Bonifacio is heading up the group and she wants you to join other young professionals. Annual dues are only $75 for those under 35. The YE kickoff will be Thursday, November 7; that’s the YE “Table Topics” 5:30-7 pm at the LS Success Center. Details? Contact SBH, or go online (


Aloha Petroleum Gifts Kidney Foundation. Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. donated $4,531 to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii to support the organization’s efforts to prevent and treat kidney related diseases across the state. The funds were raised through canister collection donations at participating Aloha Island Mart and Shell locations.


Hawaii, Hawaii’s first electronic daily newspaper launched in 2002, has all the breaking news and unlike other publications in town, is still free. Award winning Hawaii Reporter and Malia Zimmerman report daily (M-F) on the Rick Hamada Show heard on KHVH radio on 830 AM at 7:05 am. Malia will share the news behind the news.


Tune in to Panos Prevedouros.

SBH Director and UH Engineering Professor Dr. Panos Prevedouros is a weekly guest on Rick Hamada’s morning radio show every Tuesday from 7:05 a.m. to 8 am. Tune in!



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