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In Brief | Island Inc. 7-1-13

Hawaii Gas increasing propane storage

Hawai Gas is nearing completion of a large-scale propane storage expansion on all major Hawaiian Islands. By October, Hawaii Gas will increase its statewide propane storage capacity by 540,000 gallons, bringing its total gas energy supply on hand in the state to more than 30 days.

Hawaii Gas has been expanding its propane storage since last year as part of its ongoing commitment to its customers to provide a reliable supply. The timeline for the expansion is as follows:

c Oahu – 270,000 gallons – estimated completion in October 2013

c Hawaii – 30,000 gallons – estimated completion in October 2013

c Kauai – 60,000 gallons – completed in April 2013

c Maui – 180,000 gallons – completed in June 2012

The company also maintains two propane barges with storage capacities exceeding 420,000 gallons each to transport propane between the islands as needed.

UFO Parasail donates $1K to food bank

UFO Parasail, located on the Kailua Pier, held a one-day kamaaina special, with all proceeds from parasail rides taken by residents going to the Food Basket Inc., Hawaii’s Food Bank.

“Thanks to all the residents who participated, we were able to donate $1,000 to the Food Basket,” said UFO Parasail Kona Manager Briana Thomas.

UFO Parasail has been in operation at the Kailua Pier on the Big Island since 1992. For more information, call 325-5836.

Gas company holding video contest

Aloha Petroleum Ltd. is giving away one year’s worth of gas to the person who comes up with the most creative and heartfelt definition of aloha. The challenge is part of the company’s Capturing Aloha Video Contest, recently launched via Aloha Petroleum’s Facebook’s page.

Video submissions must be 30 to 60 seconds long, can be made using a smart phone or video camera, and must answer the question, “What does aloha mean to you?” Videos can be uploaded directly to Aloha Petroleum Facebook’s page.

The 10 videos that garner the most votes will be eligible to win. Judges will select winning videos based primarily on creativity and adherence to the contest theme. The winning categories are:

c Grand Prize – Free gas for one year ($2,600 value)

c First Runner-Up – Free gas for six months ($1,300 value)

c Second Runner-Up – Free gas for three months ($650 value)

c Two Honorable Mention awards will also be given out, earning each recipient one month’s worth of free gas ($220 value).

Video submissions will be accepted now through July 29. Public voting runs from July 22 to Aug. 5. The 10 finalists with the most votes will be announced on Aug. 6. Winners will be announced on Aug. 13.

For more information or to watch sample videos, go to


American Savings Bank celebrates grand opening

American Savings Bank held a grand opening June 22 of its new Kailua-Kona branch at the corner of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway.

The new 4,500-square-foot, two-story, full-service branch replaces the former Kailua-Kona branch, which was up the street on Palani Road. It offers consumer and business banking services, mortgage lending, insurance and investments, drive-up teller window, as well as safe deposit boxes. The facility also includes a training center supporting all employees on the Big Island.

At the branch opening ceremony, American President & CEO Rich Wacker presented members of the Board of Trustees for the Kona Hospital Foundation with a $20,000 donation toward the purchase of a new baby warmer for the hospital.

For more information, visit

Cagampang joins Maryl Realty

Cheryl Cataraha Cagampang has joined Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty’s Kona team. As a real estate agent, she will be specializing in buying, selling and relocating throughout North and South Kona areas.

As a Big Island native, Cagampang understands the different neighborhoods and their particular nuance. She worked in Southern California in the financial industry before moving back to Kona. Cagampang previously served as a market manager in the hospitality industry.

Cagampang has 20 years of experience and knowledge in management, customer service and sales experience. She is a current member of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Association of Realtors and the National Association Realtors.

Tumilowicz to lead market engagement

David Tumilowicz has joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as director, broker relations and client engagement. In his new position, Tumilowicz will support regional growth objectives by developing and directing a robust business-to-business engagement program and the communications strategy for market engagement.

Most recently, Tumilowicz served as vice president-strategy and business development for PacificBasin Communications and publisher of the organization’s Hawaii Business magazine, where he started in 2005 as senior account executive. Prior to that, he was director of marketing for Broadband Interactive Television in Honolulu.

Jensen assisting with news operations

West Hawaii Today announces the promotion of Brenda Jensen to the position of associate editor. In this newly created position, Jensen will assist News Director/Editor David Bock with the day-to-day operations of the newspaper and its website.

Jensen, formerly a senior copy editor/page designer, joined the West Hawaii Today staff in 1985. She began her career in the newspaper industry as an assistant wire editor for the Petoskey News-Review in Petoskey, Mich.

She may be contacted at 930-8623 or

Fish Hopper owners honored

Chris and Sabu J.R. Shake, owners of The Fish Hopper in Kailua-Kona, recently received The Temple Elliott Award from The Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps.

This award recognizes individuals who have, over many years, consistently been seen by others as having given of themselves unselfishly, like a soldier of The Salvation Army. It is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional and measurable contribution to the lives of those human beings in greatest need, wherever they are found.

The award is given in memory of Temple Elliott and his service to those in greatest need. Elliott contributed in many ways to the Monterey Peninsula Corps for many years, as well as volunteered to assist at the Houston Astrodome in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He was the embodiment of the human spirit and the award is the Monterey Peninsula Corps of The Salvation Army’s way of honoring him and others who follow his example.

Sabu Shake Sr., a well-known restaurateur and philanthropist, died 14 years ago. The Shake family, especially brothers, Chris and Sabu J.R., continue to work to honor his memory. The Sabu’s Safari event along with the annual holiday campaign has donated more $1 million to the Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula Corps.