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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.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Launches “Medical Selfie” Technology

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced the launch of a new virtual feature available on KP.org, its award-winning integrated member resource website. Through a secured email server, patients can now send digital images to their physicians, including pictures of concerning rashes, wounds or other injuries. This new feature allows patients to quickly provide information to help their physician better manage their condition, and identify potentially serious issues that require a face-to-face visit.

Local Favorites Made Diabetes-Friendly At Zippy’s Restaurants

Local Favorites Made Diabetes-Friendly At Zippy’s Restaurants

Zippy’s dine-in locations on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island today rolled out healthier menu options for customers with diabetes and prediabetes. Customer favorites from their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, including veggie omelettes, teri beef and broiled salmon, were modified to reduce fats, sugars and carbohydrates. The new menu, available during the month of October, was created in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and the American Diabetes Association to offer better dining choices for the over 497,800 people in Hawaii who have diabetes or prediabetes.

‘Rock the Box’ Art Contest Showcases Honolulu's Creative Talent

‘Rock the Box’ Art Contest Showcases Honolulu's Creative Talent

HONOLULU – Oahu Publications, Inc. (OPI), the publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, invited local artists to “Rock The Box,” the newspaper boxes for its new weekly publication Metro that will launch on Oct. 1. Forty creative individuals were given the opportunity to use the Metro newspaper boxes as their personal canvases. All forty boxes will be displayed throughout the Honolulu area with free copies of the new Metro publication.

“Oahu Publications is thrilled by the tremendous responses and creativity for the ‘Rock The Box’ contest,” said Dennis Francis, OPI president and Honolulu Star-Advertiser publisher. “The variety of one-of-a-kind designs and artwork from the community really reflect the edgy, artistic and quirky style of our new Metro publication.”