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Business Briefs

For Wednesday, June 15, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff

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Maui High grads second in auto repair

Maui High School graduates Jimbo Paranada and Marc Paguirigan captured second place Tuesday in the 2011 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Championship in Dearborn, Mich.

The Maui students turned in a perfectly repaired Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 Super Cab, which had been rigged with problems, in 62 minutes and 42 seconds, while the first-place Oregon team turned in its also perfectly repaired truck in 58 minutes and

6 seconds. Paranada and Paguirigan won thousands of dollars in scholarships from five institutions at which they can continue their automotive education. They won the right to represent Hawaii in the national competition by taking the state championship while students at Maui High School.

The Maui students were coached by Maui High instructor Shannon Rowe.

Home grant program launches

The Hawaii Family Finance Project has launched a statewide initiative to match savings funds of families to improve credit scores and achieve homeownership.

Eligible households can apply to receive $4 in matching grant funds for every dollar saved. The maximum is $8,000 in match on $2,000 saved by a family.

In addition to a maximum of $8,000 in grant funds on a home purchase, the project also provides a 1-to-1 matching grant on funds saved to pay down consumer debt and improve credit scores up to $2,000. The program is funded in part by the U.S. Treasury department and First Hawaiian Bank. To receive free services in homebuyer training, technical assistance, and to apply for the Hawaii Individual Development Account program, contact one of the project partners: Hawaii HomeOwnership Center: 523-9500 or info@hihomeownership.org; Hawaiian Community Assets: 587-7886 or info@hawaiiancommunity.net; Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement: 596-8155 or info@hawaiiancouncil.org.

APEC seeks virtual exhibit designer

The APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee is seeking a qualified vendor to design and produce virtual exhibits for Hawaii businesses. The vendor is asked to provide an opportunity for Hawaii businesses to make connections with the 21 APEC economies at the November event by showcasing their products and services through a virtual medium.

Interested companies can obtain a copy of the request for proposals by emailing the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee at rfp@apec2011hawaii.com. Indicate the company name, contact name, contact phone, facsimile, address and email address. The deadline for RFP submissions is 4 p.m. June 30. The contractor will be announced July 11.

SHIP AHOY

Today’s ship arrivals and departures:
HONOLULU HARBOR
Agent Vessel From ETA ETD Berth Destination
WNLI ANL Burilla -- -- 3 a.m. 52A Oakland, Calif.
MNC Mahimahi Long Beach, Calif. 4 p.m. -- 52A --
HL Horizon Reliance Los Angeles 7 p.m. -- 51A --

ON THE MOVE

Bank of Hawaii has announced Stephen M. Franklin as senior vice president and credit administrator in the wholesale credit department. He was previously a vice president and regional credit administrator at First Hawaiian Bank. Franklin has 32 years of experience in credit administration, special credits, branch banking and institutional trust management.

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Hula Grill Waikiki celebrated its seventh anniversary by donating $3,000 to Waikiki School’s Green Project, which encourages students to love and protect their aina, discover where food comes from and take pride in growing their own food. The funds were earned through a portion of proceeds from Hula Grill’s special sunset dinner menu, which is offered daily.

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Bank of Hawaii Foundation has awarded the nonprofit Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement a seed funding of $30,000. The funds will be used to establish a microloan fund dedicated to small businesses, farmers and outdoor marketplace vendors. CNHA will also be able to help borrowers who are unable to qualify for conventional financing.

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The Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association made a $2,500 gift to the University of Hawaii West Oahu. The award will be used to fund student scholarships for an innovative new certificate program that trains risk management, personal and commercial insurance professionals and prepares students for licensure examination.






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