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  • Launched in April, Luana Hospitality Group employees and up to four family members have access to daily meals. Huggo’s, On the Rocks and Lava Lava Beach Club managers, kitchen staff and others prepare and serve the meals. It’s estimated that each of the four restaurants will serve between 700 and 800 meals every day to employees and their families during this time. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Luana Hospitality Group cooks up ways to help employees

In keeping in the spirit of Aloha Pass it On, Luana Hospitality Group Principals Scott Dodd and Eric von Platen Luder are cooking up ways to support their employees and their families who have been hit hard by unemployment and the stay at home mandates.

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In an abundance of caution and in response to Gov. David Ige’s “stay-at-home” proclamation, the group closed Huggo’s, On the Rocks, Lava Lava Beach Club locations in Waikoloa and Kauai and Paradise Gourmet Catering in March. Most of their 350 plus employees have been out of work since.

The Aloha Pass it On program started in 2019 as a way to pass on the aloha spirit, spread good vibes, promote a sense of giving and practice random acts of kindness. Providing meals for during this time is an extension of Aloha Pass it On focused on its own family of employees.

Launched in April, Luana Hospitality Group employees and up to four family members will have access to daily meals. Huggo’s, On the Rocks and Lava Lava Beach Club managers, kitchen staff and others worked quickly to prepare the kitchens and order needed ingredients while working within COVID-19 guidelines. Social distancing and other safety measures are the order of the day in preparing to serve meals for Luana Hospitality Group’s employees and their family members. Take-out hot meals for reheating at home are available for employee pick up everyday.

It’s estimated that each of the four restaurants will serve between 700 and 800 meals every day to employees and their families during this time.

HCFCU names 2020-21 Board of Directors

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union recently announced its Board of Directors appointments.

Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are elected to three-year terms at the credit union. They’re responsible for guiding management in the direction of the credit union on behalf of the credit union’s 42,800 member-owners in support of members’ financial needs. They are also responsible for maintaining sound fiscal condition of the credit union, allowing the institution to continue supporting the island’s community.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the results were announced during a virtual business meeting held on May 9.

Three nominees submitted by the Board Nominations &Election Committee were elected to serve another three-year term: Dwight Manago, president and manager ofManago Hotel, and Daryl Kurozawa, MD FACS, associate medical director, sales and marketing, service delivery planning and community benefit for the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group and David S. DeLuz Jr., vice president ofDavid S. De Luz Sr. Enterprises, Inc.

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Board officers are Manago as chairman, Kurozawa as vice chairman, Lloyd Tanaka as treasurer, and Chrystal Yamasaki as secretary. Also serving on the board are Peggy M. Ciriako, Tom Griffiths, Russell Komo and Carol Ikeda.

HCFCU is a nonprofit, federally insured financial institution owned by its 42,800 members. Branches are located in Hilo, Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko, Kealakekua, and Kohala. Additionally, HCFCU has Student Credit Unions in Hilo, Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena High Schools.

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