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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fund set up to aid laid-off workers

Advertiser Staff

A fund has been established to help the 59 employees who were laid off from the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea on the Big Island.

The NHCH Ohana Fund was created by the hospital and the Community Action Committee. The funds will be collected and distributed by Mana Christian Ohana Church.

Donations to the fund can be made payable to Mana Christian Ohana Church with the notation "NHCH Ohana Fund" on the checks. Checks can be mailed to the church at P.O. Box 437478, Kamuela, HI 96743.

Applications for assistance are available at the hospital's human resources office or the Mana Christian Ohana Church, which is located in the Parker Ranch Center. The church is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Moody's Investors Service affirmed its "B-" bank financial strength rating for First Hawaiian Bank with a stable outlook.

"The affirmation of First Hawaiian Bank's BFSR and stable outlook was based on its above-average capital levels and earnings performance, as well as pristine asset quality metrics," Moody's said in a news release.

First Hawaiian's "profitability and capital generation are supported by its leading market position in Hawai'i and ample core funding."


The Hawai'i Small Business Development Center Network will hold a workshop on the "Legal Aspects of the Music Business" from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 4 at the Cupola Theatre, Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapi'olani Blvd.

The workshop is designed for singers, songwriters, musicians, composers and anyone interested in the music industry. The event will cover music business contracts, intellectual property rights and music royalties.

George Darby, an attorney who specializes in intellectual property rights, will lead the workshop.

The fee is $50. To register, call 945-1430 or visit www.hawaii-sbdc.org.


The Hawai'i Tourism Authority is looking to provide funding for community-based projects that "respect, enhance and perpetuate Hawai'i's natural environment and areas frequented by residents and visitors."

The state agency for tourism is making available application packets on HTA's Web site at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/pdf/RFPS/NatRes09.pdf.

In 2008, 25 projects across the state benefited from this program including North Shore Chamber of Commerce's Laniakea Beach Honu Education Project on O'ahu, The Hawai'i Nature Center's Healing the Land: Lo'i Restoration Project on Maui, National Tropical Botanical Garden's Limahuli & Lawa'i Kai Ahupua'a Initiatives on Kaua'i, and Malama O Puna's Wai'opae Marine Life Conservation District Coral Reef Restoration Project on Hawai'i Island.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected under the guidance of HTA's Natural Resources Advisory Group, which includes representatives from the Hawai'i Ecotourism Association, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club - Hawai'i, PBR Hawai'i, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, and the state departments of Land and Natural Resources, and Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

Proposals must be received by the agency no later than 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 22.