Wednesday, April 16, 2014         


Hawaii Direct Mail
 Rise in Japanese entrants gives Hapalua momentum
A sixfold increase in the number of Japanese runners has helped bolster the economic and fundraising impacts of the Hapalua half-marathon and given organizers hope that one day its numbers could begin to rival its sister event, the Honolulu Marathon.  Story »
As Hawaiian Airlines' pilots begin flying this week to Beijing, their newest destination requires one cockpit item on the Airbus A330-200 that none of their other routes do: a metric conversion chart.  Story »

 Business Briefs
Central Pacific Bank has appointed Kevin Hall to vice president and credit delivery portfolio manager of retail and small business credit delivery. Story »
More than 500 Hawaii homeowners who paid two New York attorneys for allegedly fraudulent foreclosure assistance may be able to recover some of the estimated $1.5 million they lost to the scheme.  Story »

Benjamin Rafter, who has served as president and CEO of Aqua Hotels and Resorts since 2008, will take on the dual role of president of Aston Hotels & Resorts. Story »

He's been told to prepare to go viral. Larry Rutkowski's "Hell No Kitty" designs once caught the eye of a marketing executive from Disney who leaned in for some close conversation with him about one of his product lines. Story »

Despite the surge in attractive, high-quality assisted-living facilities, most people would much prefer to live independently and remain in their own homes as long as possible. The houses in which we have raised our children, however great or modest, are our palaces. Story »

Central Pacific Bank celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. It was founded by returning World War II nisei veterans, meeting over plate lunches at Ala Moana Beach Park. It's an interesting story. Story »

Like death and taxes, the rising price of energy of in the Aloha State is a constant that we have to live with. The other day I went over to Home Depot with the good intention of buying some energy-efficient light bulbs and power strips.  Story »

A Japanese company with more than 200 restaurants in Japan and more than 20 in China is building its first U.S. venture in Hawaii — specifically at Koko Marina Center.  Story »

“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@star- advertiser.com with “Akamai Money” as the subject.  Story »

Nation & World

Will you take into account the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s wishes when voting in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in August?
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Dr. HAPPY (Physician To The Dead)
Given his name, lots of people thought Dr. Christopher Happy would become a psychiatrist or pediatrician. Read More »
Where Bruno Got His Start
The father of Bruno Mars – who returns home for three shows this week – talks about the star’s musical origins and the family that loves him. Read More »