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“Share a Night” at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii annual gala, Saturday, November 23

“Share a Night” at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii annual gala, Saturday, November 23

HONOLULU – Mark your calendar for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii’s (RMHC-Hawaii) “Share A Night” annual gala. Tables are available for the Saturday, November 23 event at the Sheraton Waikiki. This year’s honorary co-chairs are Dennis Francis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser president and publisher and Jim Polk, Bank of Hawaii senior executive vice president.

“This year’s gala, just a week before Thanksgiving, focuses on giving thanks to everyone in Hawaii who helped and supported the Ronald McDonald House throughout the years,” said Jerri Chong, RMHC-Hawaii president. “We dedicate this evening to the thousands of families that have called ‘The House That Love Built’ their home.”

Experience a Japanese Bontemae Tea Ceremony at Pearl City Library

Experience a Japanese Bontemae Tea Ceremony at Pearl City Library

The Mokichi Okada Association (MOA) Hawaii will present the “Bontemae Tea Ceremony” in a free program at Pearl City Public Library on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. in the Adult Reading Section.

Instructors from MOA Hawaii will conduct the tea ceremony which combines the aesthetic values of sabi (elegant simplicity) and wabi (subdued elegance) in a timelessly beautiful Japanese custom.  Participants will be offered tea and the instructors will present a brief history of the beverage.  Learn how tea has become a profound influence on today’s Japanese culture.

The Friends of Pearl City Library is sponsoring this one-hour program that is suitable for ages 12 and older.  Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Pearl City Public Library is located at 1138 Waimano Home Road, next to the Pearl City Police Station.  For more information, please call the Library at 453-6566.

Graham Builders Hosts Free "Building Your Home for Life" Seminar

Graham Builders Hosts Free "Building Your Home for Life" Seminar

WHERE:               Honolulu Country Club

                                1690 Ala Puumalu Street

WHEN:                 Saturday, October 26

                                9 – 11 a.m.

Medicare Open Enrollment Help Offered at Aiea Library on October 29

Medicare Open Enrollment Help Offered at Aiea Library on October 29

Do you have concerns about your current Medicare health plan or want to know what other options are available? 

 Counselors from Sage Plus, a service of the State Executive Office on Aging, will be available at Aiea Public Library to assist people with Medicare and their families who have questions about Medicare open enrollment.  Visit the Library on Tuesday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room for free assistance.  Please bring copies of your medical insurance cards with you.     

Contact the Library two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Aiea Public Library is located at 99-143 Moanalua Road.  For more information, please call the Library at 483-7333.

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

Taking after its namesake, our mascot Poincy is all about “covering” the people of Hawaii.

While Poincy is every inch the action-oriented mascot, he’s a little shy when it comes to proclaiming his powers of strength and kindness. Now you can be the one to give Poincy his very own catchphrase. As part of our Mascot Catchphrase Challenge, First Insurance invites you to pen your best Poincy catchphrase for a chance to win $250 worth of free gas.

Here’s how to participate:

Teach For America receives $10,000 donation from the Island Insurance Foundation

Teach For America receives $10,000 donation from the Island Insurance Foundation

The Island Insurance Foundation donated $10,000 to Teach For America-Hawai‘i, in support of the nonprofit’s work in high-need communities.  In a presentation ceremony at Palolo Elementary School, a $10,000 donation was presented to Teach For America-Hawai‘i Executive Director Jill Baldemor by Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation.

Teach For America recruits, trains and supports recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach in under-resourced communities and gain the foundational experience for a lifetime of educational leadership and advocacy. The organization has partnered with schools in Hawai’i since 2006 and currently supports approximately 180 teachers who will collectively impact over 12,000 students this school year.  

Celebrate 'Star Wars Reads Day II' at Eight Libraries on October 5

Celebrate 'Star Wars Reads Day II' at Eight Libraries on October 5

In celebration of the second annual Star Wars Reads Day, eight public libraries in Hawaii will present special programs and activities on Saturday, October 5.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

Local public libraries will offer free giveaways; conduct lucky drawings for participants to win Star Wars prizes; and meet-and-greet Star Wars costumed characters

Participating public libraries include:

•             Aiea Public Library (phone: 483-7333)

•             Aina Haina Public Library (phone: 377-2456)

•             Hawaii Kai Public Library (phone: 397-5833)

•             Kahuku Public & School Library (phone: 293-8935)