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Honolulu law firm announces new name, leadership The Honolulu law firm Porter McGuire Kiakona Chow LLP has a new name, as new leadership has been added and former partners have moved on to form their own firm.
The firm, which used to be called Porter Tom Quitiquit Chee & Watts, now consists of Christian Porter, Laree McGuire, Kapono Kiakona and Bryson Chow.
In addition to the name change, the firm is now focusing more on condominium and community association work, in anticipation of a growing demand for legal guidance with the rise in construction‚Ä¶
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:56:33 +0000 Hawaii Ethics Commission concerned with Macy‚Äôs ‚ÄėBelieve‚Äô promotion in public schools The Hawaii State Ethics Commission has raised concerns with Macy‚Äôs seasonal Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser in an advisory that asks employees of the state Department of Education not to promote it on school grounds.
The Macy‚Äôs ‚ÄúBelieve‚ÄĚ campaign isn‚Äôt new; it has been entering schools locally and nationally for the past seven years, said Siana Austin Hunt, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii Foundation.
The Macy‚Äôs ‚ÄúBelieve‚ÄĚ campaign works by having ‚Äúwish kids,‚ÄĚ or ambassadors‚Ä¶
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:54:22 +0000 Menino, Boston Properties reach deal on TD Garden project Boston Properties just got an early Christmas gift.
The Menino administration is set to announce that they have reached an agreement with Boston Properties and Delaware North Cos. to allow construction of a 45-story residential tower near North Station and provide a lucrative tax break to support the $1 billion development, the Boston Business Journal has learned.
Harry Collings, the former executive secretary of the Boston Redevelopment Authority who now serves as a consultant to Boston Properties,‚Ä¶
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:34:37 +0000 Castle & Cooke to develop condo project in Kakaako on Kamehameha Schools land Castle & Cooke Inc. will join Hawaii developers such as Alexander & Baldwin Inc. and Stanford Carr Development in developing a residential condominium project in Kakaako as part of landowner Kamehameha Schools‚Äô ‚ÄúOur Kakaako‚ÄĚ master plan.
Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency charged with redeveloping Kakaako, confirmed to PBN that Castle & Cooke would build reserved housing units along Keawe Street between Pohukaina and Auahi streets,‚Ä¶
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:25:11 +0000 Yahoo buys streaming concert startup Evntlive Yahoo got in another acquisition on Friday, buying concert streaming startup Evntlive for an undisclosed sum.
The Redwood City startup announced the deal on its website.
Evntlive was co-founded by Alex Beckman, David Carrico and Jono Beckman. It raised $2.3 million in seed money since it was founded from investors including Vint Cerf, Yogen Dalal, Ellen Levy and Steve Wadsworth.
The company said its service would no longer be available and that its employees are joining Yahoo's video team.
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:17:15 +0000 Bonterra Solar partners with SunRun for Hawaii PV installations Bonterra Solar said Friday that it has entered into a partnership with SunRun, one of the nation‚Äôs largest residential solar photovoltaic companies.
Under the partnership, the Honolulu-based firm will install solar PV systems on Hawaii houses at little to no upfront cost to the homeowner. SunRun owns, insures, monitors and maintains the system, which can average between $25,000 and $30,000, and charges homeowners a set rate lower than their current utility, said Bonterra, which noted that it will‚Ä¶
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:10:38 +0000 Hawaii Christmas tree lot moves after 10 years at Ala Moana Center: Slideshow Veteran retailer Richard Tajiri, owner of Christmas Hawaii, uprooted his established Christmas tree business from Ala Moana Center this year to a smaller lot in Moiliili due to the mall‚Äôs $573.2 million expansion project.
Tajiri, who is originally from Maui, co-founded Christmas Hawaii nearly 40 years ago and moved to the Mainland back in 1986 to be closer to where the Christmas trees grow. Every holiday season, they return to Hawaii with hand-selected trees from Oregon and Washington state, and‚Ä¶
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:59:27 +0000 Washington health exchange hits new round of tech issues Washington‚Äôs state health exchange has been down since Tuesday afternoon, and it‚Äôs unclear when it will be operational again.
The Seattle Times reports that the site first noted some performance issues two-and-a-half weeks ago.
‚ÄúIt has been a very difficult thing because the problems are very random and intermittent,‚ÄĚ Curt Kwak, chief information officer of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, told The Times. ‚ÄúWe still haven‚Äôt located the root cause.‚ÄĚ
The problems aren‚Äôt related‚Ä¶