Celebrate! This is Independence Day, America's birthday. Celebrate your freedom. Yes, we have challenges and warts, but make no mistake: America is the greatest nation on earth and the only light of liberty on this planet. While you are enjoying the food, fun and fireworks, take at least a moment to appreciate what we all have and often take for granted and make a pledge to help expand liberty.
Hooray: Fireworks at the Bay. The fireworks show WILL go on tonight at 8 pm at the Independence Day at Maunalua Bay (8 pm). The Foundation determined the money for the show would be raised. Join us at the Bay with fun and entertainment from 1 pm. Winners' Camp is in charge of the keiki booth at the 2012 Maunalua Bay Fireworks this year. They are looking for graduates (or future graduates!) to represent Winners' Camp. It'll be fun: you'll get to play games, see your Winners' Camp Ohana, and give back to your island community. PS: Volunteer experience looks great on your resume. Please wear your Winners' Camp shirt (if you have one) and call 306-8008 if you are planning to come. A hui hou!
Go to the Shell. Still time to get tickets for tonight's 4th of July special with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Jim Nabors, Amy, Jimmy Borges and Rick Hamada at the Waikiki Shelll. A patriotic blast.
Ethics Everywhere. The UH Law School has scheduled a series of panels and lectures during the summer starting tomorrow. The theme for all lectures is "Ethics." Hmmm. Tomorrow features "Legal Ethics" with Dean Avi Soifer, William S. Richardson School of Law, Megan Howard, Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals and Sherry Broder, Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law. On July 10: "The Ethics of Capitalism" Jay Shidler, Founder and Managing Partner of The Shidler Group, Peter Ho, CEO of Bank of Hawaii and Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. Contact UH Law School for full summer schedule.
Nestor Needs Ethics. Maybe City Councilmember Nestor Garcia should attend all UH ethics presentations. He was just fined $6,500 by the City Ethics Commission for his violation and non-disclosure of his $60,000 job for the pro rail interest groups while he chaired the Council and limited anti-rail testifiers and voted more than 50 times for rail issues..
Obama Court Fallout. Everyone has written or given a sound bite about last Thursday's Supreme Court decision affirming by 5-4 the Obama care Patient Affordability Act. Many were surprised especially with Chief Justice Roberts' flip flop and the tortured reasoning of the taxation clause. The US Constitution suffered its most serious damage under this flawed ruling. I weighed in too with the impact on Hawaii on
SPJ Awards. Last Friday the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Hawaii handed out their prestigious annual journalism awards in print, TV and internet categories. Several Neighbor island publications were winners and KHON-2 swept the tv awards. The Star Advertiser won a single award. The real action and competition was between Hawaii's first daily electronic news medium, Hawaii Reporter (10 years), and the two year old Civil Beat, owned and bankrolled by billionaire Pierre Omidyar. HR won top news and investigative awards.
Write Your Business Plan. The Bank of Hawaii is offering a free workshop on how to prepare a successful business plan. You NEED a good business plan. The free forum is at Bankoh's Keeaumoku Branch next Tuesday, July 11, 5:30-7 pm. Contact a BofH branch to reserve.
Mazie Changes Her Mind. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D) running for US Senate against Ed Case, has changed her mind and will now debate Case on a statewide TV channel prior to the August 11 primary. She refused for months. Now, recent polls show Case is either tied or slightly up on her lead. What a difference a non-lead can make. Now where is that Lingle vs. Carroll debate?
Case at Sunrise. Come listen to and question attorney, former Congressman and Democrat US Senate candidate, Ed Case. Case, a former member of the SBH Board of Directors will keynote the next monthly SBH Sunrise Networking Breakfast in the Pineapple Room, Macy's Ala Moana, Thursday, July 26, 7-8:30 am. Call Darlyn at SBH for details and reservations at 396-1724.
Cayetano Visits GOP. The Oahu League of Republican Women presents Mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano tomorrow at their monthly luncheon at Hee Hing restaurant in Kapahulu. Cayetano, the former two term Democrat Governor, has emerged as the hero for Republicans and others who want to stop the Honolulu train to bankruptcy. As the proponents of rail step up their personal and false attacks on Cayetano, his support continues to grow.
More Money for HECO. The PUC has just made the latest "interim" rate hike of monopoly electric utility HECO permanent. More cost to you, more high paid salaries for HECO execs. The newly formatted bill puts the breakdown of charges on the back; read it. See how little actual electric usage is of your bill and all the "surcharges" and other fees. Past time to deregulate and have electric competition.
Matson Sets Sail. The new Matson, an independent navigation company that separated from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc,. is now listed on the NYSE. Same high rates apply.
Auto Sales Up. If you see a smile on his face, and a kick in his step, its because Hawaii Auto Dealers Association exec Dave Rolf is happy about the soaring Hawaii auto sales stats for the first six months of this year. Dave also says there has been a switch among Hawaii buyers; more people are opting for cars rather than trucks here.
Printers' Ink. Local printers are enjoying brisk business because this election year features so many contested races and many new candidates. Check your mail for mailers, signage and don't forget radio and tv commercials.
Rail Firm InfraConsult Acquired. HDR, Engineering, Inc. has acquired InfraConsult LLC, an infrastructure management and advisory firm with offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Hawaii. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Going forward, InfraConsult will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of HDR Engineering, Inc.
HDR currently serves as the program manager for the City and County of Honolulu's waste water consent decree compliance program and owner's engineer for H-POWER waste-to-energy plant expansion, as well as consultant to Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) on power and energy projects. Hawaii also is the center of HDR's Department of Defense activities in the Pacific Rim. InfraConsult serves as program manager for the Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project.
Young Chamber Leaders. The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's Young Professionals (YP) Program is pleased to announce the new 2012-2013 YP Steering Committee Chair. The YP Steering Committee oversees The Chamber's YP Program's various activities which are designed to offer young professionals in Hawaii the opportunity for professional development by connecting them with business leaders around our state and by engaging them to actively support community programs.
CEO - Consumer Service Analysis; YP Chair
David S. Chang
Chairman & CEO - Chang Holding Company; Past Chair
Personal Banking Officer - Bank of Hawaii; YP Vice Chair
Executive Director - The Arthritis Foundation ~ Hawaii Branch; Events Chair
Patrick Williamson, Director
Information by Design; Communications Chair
Christina Laney Wycheck
Kahala Associates; Special Projects Chair
The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's Young Professionals program is a networking group of dedicated, talented and active young professionals ranging in age from 21-39. The program is unique from any other young professionals program due to its mentorship component and its tie to The Chamber, the leading business organization in the State. The Chamber's YP program is designed to offer young business professionals the opportunity to not only network, but exchange ideas, grow professionally, get active in the community and connect to business leaders while sharing an insider's view of the Hawaii business scene. The Chamber's YP program started in October 2010 and currently has over 130 young professionals.
Rail Lawsuit Fundraiser. Don't forget: Supporters of the citizen federal lawsuit against the $9.03 billion steel rail, are having a fundraiser Saturday, July 21. It will be an evening with food and drink, entertainment, good friends, with fabulous items available to bid on. Some of the plaintiffs in the case will speak and give you an update on what is happening with the lawsuit. Time: 6PM - 9PM. Where: Residence of Jeremy Lam on the water at 5847 Kalanianaole in Niu Valley. Cost: $100 minimum donation per person. NO TAXPAYER FUNDS USED LIKE THOSE FOR STEEL RAIL!
No More Pee Wee? It appears that the iconic Pee Wee Drive-In on Punahou and King Streets is closed. Good burgers. We'll miss Pee Wee.
Ross on King. The newest Ross discount outlet will open on the site of the old Longs Drugs (Wigwam, way before that) on South King Street.
Zip's Renovations. Also on South King Street, next to Washington Intermediate School, the Zippy's Restaurant is closed for major renovations.
Graffitti on the Rise. It must be the season, but graffiti "artists" seem to be extra active these days. An old toilet, on Kahala Avenue, waiting for bulky pickup, was the target of graffiti., Really" A toilet? And the wall of once beautiful photos for the failed Hawaii Kai condo project at Keahole and Hawaii Kai Drive, is now under attack by the painters.
Molokai Bakery Closed by DOH. The Department of Health suspended the permit for Kanemitsu Bakery for unsanitary conditions, shutting down the Molokai store.
State health officials met with owner George Kanemitsu on June 25 and issued the suspension which closes bakery operations until a plan of correction is completed and approved
Friedman Dinner. SBH joins the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) and Hawaii Reporter on Tuesday, July 31 at Camp Smith to co-sponsor a 100th birthday tribute to Nobel Economist Milton Friedman. It recognizes the centennial birth of one of the greatest free market economists. The public, educators and students are all welcome. Sponsorships (table and event) are still available from GRIH. Make your reservations early. Contact Aaron at GRIH at 591-9193.
Hawaii Reporter on the Air. Go to www.HawaiiReporter.com for the real investigative news. HR, founded by Malia Zimmerman, continues to break major investigative stories that most of the media won't touch. Tune in to KHVH every week day now at 7:05 am to hear Malia's report.
Be Independent. Become an SBH Member. Is your business a member of SBH? No? Lots of benefits. Strong networking organization. Call Darlyn today 396-1724 or go online to http://www.smartbusinesshawaii.com.