HAWAII HOSPITALITY SALES & MARKETING ASSOCIATION, first meeting, featuring an update on the hospitality industry in Hawai'i. 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18, Hawai'i Convention Center, rooms 304A and B; also, introduction of new board of directors; lunch served; $35, members $30; register by Friday with Pattie Furtado. Fax: 833-2349, pfurtado@plaza honolulu.com
"BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOME," free class sponsored by Graham Builders, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25, Honolulu Country Club; topics include planning, budgeting, financing, designing, estimating and scheduling. Registration: 593-2808, www.grahambuilders.com
"2006 REAL ESTATE FORECAST," presented by the Hawaii chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management, 7:30-10 a.m., Hawaii Prince Hotel; fee; 847-0141; irem@hawaii .rr.com
"WHAT, WHEN & WHERE OF FILING BUSINESS TAXES," business development workshop about Hawai'i's general excise and use taxes, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Small Business Resource Center, 1041 Nu'uanu Ave., Suite A; $40 in advance. Registration: 526-1001.
"WHAT YOUR CREDIT REPORT SAYS ABOUT YOU," free credit-reporting lecture, 6-7 p.m., Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa 105; also 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, on campus, Hale Kuhina 112; learn about the loan review and approval process, and the way credit history and your credit score determines new-loan interest rates. Reservation: 235-7433.
"SPECIALISTS OFFICE FOR THE DAY," workshops on Maui, sponsored by the state Real Estate Commission; meet with real-estate specialists on a variety of issues, 9 a.m.-noon, Realtors Association of Maui, 441 Ala Makani Place, Kahului. 586-2643; or on Maui, (808) 984-2400, ext. 62643.
"STATUS OF BIOPROSPECTING REGULATION OF HAWAI'I: THE INTERNATIONAL AND U.S. NATIONAL FRAMEWORK UNDER CBD," noon-1 p.m., 1132 Bishop St., Hawai'i Small Business Administration conference room 906; free; bring lunch, drinks supplied. 523-8894.
Business Women's Association's Na Kilohana O Wahine chapter, dinner, 5:30 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center. Fee. Reservations by 10 a.m. today: Donna, 923-2448, ext. 127.
DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS OWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, free orientation to prepare prospective homeowners for the Hawaiian Homelands building boom anticipated this year in Consuelo, East Kapolei, and Kaupe'a Phase II and III, 6-8 p.m., King Intermediate School cafeteria. Register: 791-3403, fax 791-3405.
AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION, Ulupono Charter Chapter meeting, 6 p.m., Pohai Nani club room, second floor; information and reservations: 235-8994; Imua Chapter, call Jeanette, 382-2273, or reservations at 948-2552.
"HAWAI'I IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY," AAUW Windward O'ahu Branch meeting, 10:30 a.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Kailua; free, public welcome. 261-1550.
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