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Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

HONOLULU – SafeConnect Solar, a venture started by Hawaii solar industry veterans Mark Duda and Todd Georgopapadakos of Distributed Energy Partners, today announced it has been awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative.  The SunShot Incubator award supports development of SafeConnect’s patent-pending device that makes rooftop solar installations simpler, safer, and more affordable.

 

“Renewables are the future of energy generation, but price still limits adoption in many markets,” said Georgopapadakos, SafeConnect Solar Partner.  “For rooftop photovoltaics, the key challenge is reducing ‘soft costs’ – the expense associated with permitting, installation, interconnection, and maintenance.  These have remained persistently high even as module prices have plummeted. Our IP attacks these costs head-on.”

 

Free Health Screenings And Demonstrations At HMAA’s ‘Healthy For The Holidays’ Downtown Health Fair

HONOLULU – Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) is hosting its third annual “Healthy for the Holidays” wellness health fair in downtown Honolulu on Friday, October 24. HMAA invites everyone to a fun-filled event promoting a culture of wellness focusing on a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

The health fair will take place at Tamarind Park, Bishop Square, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will receive free giveaways (while supplies last) and health screenings that include blood pressure and body composition readings. This year’s health fair will feature more than ten wellness vendors and organizations that will share their expertise and give advice on what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle, especially as the stresses of the holidays begin to creep up at the end of the year. There will also be live fitness demonstrations and interactive activities from some of the vendors.

Patagonia & Kina‘ole Invest $27 Million In Solar For Hawai‘i

Investment will make clean, affordable solar power available to more Hawai‘i residents, who currently pay 3X average U.S. price for power from coal and oil

VENTURA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Patagonia today announced a $13 million tax equity investment in solar power for Hawai‘i – joining with local solar finance company Kina‘ole Capital Partners, LLC to create a new fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar energy systems in Hawai‘i, where homeowners currently pay three times the U.S. average price for electricity.

The fund, totaling $27 million, will utilize state and federal tax credits to direct Patagonia’s tax dollars for purchases of solar energy systems. Kina‘ole will make the fund available to all qualified solar installation companies in Hawai‘i.

HONOLULU Fashion Week Announces Final Event Lineup

HONOLULU Fashion Week, a first-of-its-kind fashion event highlighting local and national design talent will hit Honolulu next month. Presented by HONOLULU Magazine, the weekend of events from November 6 – 9 announces the final designer lineup along with supporting sponsors. More than 30 designers and a diverse group of New York-based industry experts will come together for this premier event to showcase Hawaii’s unique fashion talents.

“Fashion has been a part of the Hawaiian culture for years. Our rich heritage has influenced not only the designers that reside in the islands but also those designs seen on international runways this past spring,” explains Alyson Helwagen, HONOLULU Magazine publisher. “We couldn’t be happier to champion our influence on the industry with this event that would not be possible without our many partners and sponsors, who are helping to catapult Hawaii’s own fashion industry into an international spotlight.”

McDonald's® Restaurants Of Hawaii Promotes Maria Fernando To Regional Training Consultant

McDonald's® Restaurants Of Hawaii Promotes Maria Fernando To Regional Training Consultant

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii has promoted Maria Fernando to Regional Training Consultant for the Hawaii region.

Fernando has been with McDonald’s for 28 years. She began as a crew member working in various McDonald’s restaurants across the state and most recently was general manager of McDonald’s of Wahiawa.

As the Regional Training Consultant for the Hawaii Region, Fernando works with McDonald’s restaurants and operators in Hawaii and Guam to help them improve business results and meet planning targets by consulting in training and operational procedures. She will conduct training classes face to face and virtually. The training is to motivate McDonald’s employees, build their competencies and improve their individual performance.

McDonald's® Asks Customers Via Social Media: What Do You Want To Know About Our Food?

HONOLULU – “What is in my hamburger?” “What part of the chicken is a Chicken McNugget™?” “Why are the fries so good?”

McDonald’s® USA will answer these questions and more from customers, fans and food skeptics through a multifaceted effort called “Our Food. Your Questions.” Starting today, the company invites people to submit their food questions via social media. McDonald’s will respond with behind-the-scenes webisodes and other social content that provides facts on ingredients, how food is made and how it’s prepared in restaurants.