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May 12, 2014 - 12:05am

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s tennis club recognized

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Seaside Tennis Club has been ranked No. 6 among the Top 25 Tennis Resorts in the U.S. and abroad according to Tennis Resorts Online. The results were compiled from evaluations submitted by tennis vacationers.

Mauna Kea Resort’s Seaside Tennis Club was one of only two Hawaii tennis clubs in the top 25.

According to Tennis Resorts Online, reviewers ranked their experiences in each of 20 categories including overall tennis experience, quality of teaching staff and instruction, dedication to game arranging, and the allure of the tennis complex and its pro shop.

For more information, visit

Contest awards veterans business startup money

Military veterans with entrepreneurial ambitions are invited to compete for startup money to open their own business. Signal 88 Security’s contest, Operation American Dream, is open to Army and Air Force veterans who must submit a video by Thursday explaining why they want to open their own business. Submissions will be accepted at

The winning submission will be decided through a public vote on Signal 88 Security’s Facebook page May 22. The contestant with the most votes will receive $5,000 to start a business, or $10,000 if the winner chooses to open a Signal 88 Security franchise.

A contest for Marine and Navy veterans will be held in October.

Bank offers credit scores, microchip card

Bank of Hawaii now provides free FICO Scores for its consumer credit cards so customers can see their credit scores via the bank’s customer service website and receive email alerts anytime Barclaycard is notified that a score has changed.

Bank of Hawaii is the first financial institution in the state and one of the first in the nation to offer this benefit as well as a new travel alert feature that eliminates the need to make a phone call to advise the credit card company of upcoming travel plans. The alert can now be handled online.

In addition, the recently launched Hawaiian Airlines, Bank of Hawaii branded card is the first chip card offered by a Hawaii bank which helps authenticate credit transactions and protect account information.

Tony DeSanctis, Bank of Hawaii senior vice president and credit card manager, said “As opposed to a magstripe card, a chip card is especially beneficial for travelers since they are widely used in much of Europe, Asia, and other popular destinations and will become increasingly widespread in the U.S.”

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods awarded

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods was recently named a “B Corps Best for the World Environment 2014” recipient.

Fewer than 1,000 businesses worldwide have been certified as “B Corps” — companies that use the power of business to solve social, environmental and economic problems. Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods and the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative have planted more than 250,000 endemic koa, sandalwood and other endangered Hawaiian species across more than 750 acres on Hawaii Island.

For more information, visit

Investor Business Daily Meet-up Group gathering

The Investor Business Daily Meet-Up Group Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. May 19 at Pottery Terrace, Suite 323, 75-5995 Kuakini Hwy.

Attendees should bring a list of stocks to review. The meeting is for novice and experienced stock investors. Those in their 20s and 30s are encouraged to attend and start planning for their retirement.

For more information, call Doc Martin at 327-0354.

Xoom Corporation launches marketing campaign in Hawaii

Digital money transfer provider Xoom Corporation has launched a dedicated advertising campaign on Filipino television, radio and in print to reach Filipinos residing in Hawaii.

“Thousands of immigrants have come to the United States from the Philippines over the years and settled in Hawaii, where they have established a strong cultural affinity and proudly express their Filipino identity,” said Pia Guter, Xoom’s director of marketing for the Philippines. “The market has traditionally been served by offline, inconvenient cash-to-cash operators, where consumers often waste precious time waiting in line to send money. With Xoom, people can send money to their loved ones anytime, anywhere from their desktop, smartphone or tablet device.”

Xoom recently celebrated 10 years of business from the United States to the Philippines. Since December of 2003, Xoom has partnered with the Philippines’ largest banks and pawnshops, launched ground-breaking initiatives and introduced a mobile app and SMS texting for those sending money and their recipients.

Program aims to bring business meetings to state

Meet Hawaii, a collaboration of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Hawaii Convention Center to promote the Hawaiian Islands as a destination for business meetings and conventions, has introduced its Elele, or Ambassador, Program.

Through the Elele program Meet Hawaii partners with kamaaina who have ties to national and international organizations in order to attract meetings and conventions for the Hawaii Convention Center.

Prospective program ambassador may be referred to Debbie Zimmerman, Elele program director at or 387-6338.


Chua joins Maryl Group Construction Inc.

Maryl Group Construction Inc. announces the addition of Raymund Chua as director of special projects. He will spearhead projects in the field of tenant improvements and renovations of retail and office, hospitality and new construction.

Chua brings to Maryl more than two decades of construction experience as a project manager. Chua’s previous projects include the Forever 21 store in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom renovation and Hilton Grand Vacations Waikoloa and Kalia.

Chua holds a bachelor of science degree in architecture from the University of the Philippines and a master of architecture from the University of Hawaii. His professional registrations include Registered Professional Architect, LEED AP, OSHA 30 trained, CQM (Quality Control), Hawaii GCA and proficiency in Autocad, Suretrak Scheduling and Microsoft Project.

Club hires personal training directors

The Club in Kona announces the appointment of new personal training directors Don Duval and Michael Schloffel.

Duval is American Council on Exercise personal trainer certified, and is also certified in BodyPump, Spinning, RPM, Golf Conditioning, Pilates Mat and Silver &Fit.

Schloffel holds liberal arts and associate sciences degrees from University of Hawaii at Hilo. He is a certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Duval and Schloffel will oversee functional movement assessments, private, semiprivate and team training sessions.

Tsue joins Cataract and Laser Institute

The Hawaii Cataract and Laser Institute welcomed John M. Tsue of Kona to its team of specialized eye doctors. Born and raised in Hilo, Tsue is the owner of his own practice, Eyecare of Kona, and has been providing services to the community for 35 years.

He expands the capabilities of his practice with advanced technology from the Hawaii Cataract and Laser Institute. His expertise includes treatment for glaucoma, cataracts and laser visions correction. Tsue is a member of the American Optometric Association and was previously a panel doctor for the Laser Eye Center of Hawaii.

Hawaii Cataract and Laser Institute specializes in every type of eye condition, from cataracts to retinopathy, and from macular edema to glaucoma. It offers comprehensive vision support, providing prescription glasses and contact lenses, as well as vision corrective surgeries such as LASIK.

For an appointment, call 329-2010 or visit

Nguyen named meth program coordinator

The Hawaii Meth Project recently announced Julie Nguyen has joined the organization as its program coordinator. Nguyen brings to Hawaii Meth Project previous experience in volunteer coordination, fundraising, community development and special event planning. In her new role, Nguyen will be responsible for planning and implementing meth prevention lessons in Hawaii schools. She will also work with the Hawaii Meth Project’s Teen Advisory Council to engage volunteers to promote the project’s mission.

Prior to joining the Hawaii Meth Project, Nguyen was the manager for fundraising and special events at the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Chapter. She also served as the volunteer coordinator for the Hawaiian Humane Society.

For more information, visit

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