DEC. 8, 2018


Kristian Lei to Hold Broadway, Holiday Concert, Dec 12

International singer-songwriter Kristian Lei celebrates Hawaii, Broadway, and the holidays in her “The Best of Hawaii to Broadway, To the Joyful World” concert on December 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre located at 3142 Waialae Avenue.

The unique concert will be split into two acts with the first half featuring Lei’s Hawaiian musical background, as well as paying respect to her mentors Jimmy Borges, Anita Hall, Melveen Leed, and Neva Rego, among others.

The second half will focus on Lei’s favorite Broadway tunes, followed by a variety of festive songs to kick off the holiday season. Mihana Souza, a N? H?k? Hanohano award-winning artist, will be the featured guest performer in both acts.

The concert will be emceed by Kimo Kahoano and also feature the award winning dancers of 24/7 Danceforce.

“Although I was born in the Philippines, many aren’t aware that I was raised on O’ahu since the age of three with my roots firmly planted in Waianae. And because of the roles I’ve portrayed in my Broadway career, most people might think those are the only songs I can sing.” Lei continued, “This being my first concert in five years, I’d like to share my love and appreciation for Hawaiian music and show how it has influenced me as an artist, as well perform songs that pay homage to many musicians from Hawaii who have mentored me throughout my career,” said Lei.

Lei is a Hawaii-based artist who has starred in many roles including Kim from Miss Saigon-Germany, Princess Nala and Rafiki in the Festival of the Lion King-Hong Kong, Tuptim in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s King and I, and TiMoune in the Philippine Tour of Once on This Island. Kristian released two N? H?k? Hanohano nominated CDs entitled “Take My Hand” (2007) and “On a Personal Note” (2013). She is the founder of the non-profit organization, Honolulu Broadway Babies, and is a sought out feature film and professional vocal coach. In 2017, Kristian was honored as one of the top five Most Influential Filipinos in Hawaii.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.kristianleiconcert.eventbrite.com.


SBA Now Accepting Nominations for Business Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Hawaii SBA Small Business Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Other categories include Small Business Exporter of the Year, Family-owned Small Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Entrepreneurial Success of the Year, and Small Business Advocate of the Year.

SBA Awards will be presented in local celebrations on all islands in advance of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize those small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, created jobs, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies,” said District Director Jane Sawyer. “Hawaii has a great history of entrepreneurial success and staying power among our small businesses and it’s terrific to showcase their grit, creativity and ability to overcome adversity.”

Guidelines for nominations and evaluation criteria are available at the Hawaii SBDC webpage, www.hisbdc.org, or by contacting the Hawaii District Office at (808) 541-2990 or hawaiigeneral@sba.gov. Any individual or organization may submit a nomination for an SBA Small Business Award. Self-nominations are also accepted. All nominations must be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Hawaii District Office at 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1-306, Honolulu, HI 96813 no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Emailed submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII).


Luis Salaveria to Join SanHi Government Strategies

Department of Business, Economic, Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Director Luis P. Salaveria has been hired by SanHi Government Strategies, part of the government affairs group at the law firm Ashford & Wriston.

Salaveria said, “SanHi specializes in helping clients operate successfully in the local business ecosystem, which offers an ideal venue in which I can leverage my acquired experience. I am excited about the opportunity to continue helping business and clients navigate Hawaii’s regulatory environment and work effectively with elected officials.”

Mihoko Ito, managing partner of SanHi Government Strategies, said, “Luis is a results-driven individual, with the technical expertise and vision to formulate strategic plans and execute them. His advice and counsel will be extremely valuable to the members of our team and our clients.”

Salaveria brings more than 25 years of experience in public and private sector strategic planning to the firm, along with a demonstrated record of achievement in both growth and turnaround environments. Salaveria has led the development and execution of multi-billion-dollar budgets dealing with complex business transactions, successfully delivering significant financial and organizational successes.

At DBEDT, Salaveria led the development and execution of state policies and initiatives to grow and diversify Hawaii’s economy. His portfolio of work includes the areas of business development, domestic and international trade, energy, housing, and statewide economic planning. Salaveria has worked with all levels of government — federal, state, and county.

SanHi Government Strategies assists clients working with agencies, commissions and elected officials at all levels of government.


Resolution Passes To Expedite Building Permits

Building permits could be processed faster with the passage of Honolulu City Council’s Resolution 18-272.

Members of the Zoning and Housing Committee, passed Resolution 18-272, which urges the Administration to implement emergency procedures to alleviate the building permit delays, including transferring funds to pay for overtime, authorizing emergency hires, and other solutions.

Kathy Sokugawa, Acting Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP), testified that DPP was in support of the Resolution, and has begun implementing the Council’s recommended temporary emergency measures.

“As Chair of the Committee on Zoning and Housing and as a member of the Committee on Budget, I am in full support of the Department of Planning and Permitting taking the Council’s recommendations to heart as they move forward with implementing these temporary measures, while the Council works with local businesses and stakeholders to develop a permanent solution to this real crisis,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine.

She added, “We cannot allow any more of our residents to lose their jobs because of city government’s failure to process building permits in an efficient and timely manner.”

Resolution 18-272 will have a final hearing in the City Council’s monthly meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Honolulu Hale. The Resolution is in conjunction with Bill 64, CD1 (2018) that was adopted by the City Council on November 14, 2018 and will become law on December 3rd.


Hawaii Economy Grows at Slower Pace

Hawaii’s economy continues to grow but at a slower pace, according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) fourth quarter 2018 Statistical and Economic Report.

DBEDT revised its projection on Hawaii’s economic growth downward to 1 percent for 2018 from 1.5 percent projected in the previous quarter. The downward revision mainly resulted from the recent economic data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), which showed that Hawaii’s economic growth during the first half of 2018 was at 0.5 percent.

BEA revises state level economic growth data every quarter, which shows that the general trend for Hawaii’s economic growth has been positive but slowing.

“Hawaii’s economy is still expanding and we see our construction industry performing well, with the value of private building permits having increased by 3.6 percent and government contracts awarded increased 39.3 percent during the first three quarters of 2018,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria.


Maui Filipino Chamber to Hold Christmas Party and Installation Ceremony, Dec. 10

KAHULUI—“Winter Wonderland” is the theme for Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Christmas Party and 2019 Board Installation Ceremony on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tante’s Fish Market in Maalaea.

The event will include special guests from the San Juan Metro Manila delegation led by the Honorable Guia G. Gomez, Mayor of the City of San Juan. She will be officiating the swearing-in ceremony for the Chamber’s incoming Officers and Board of Directors for 2019.

The cost of admission is $50 per person for those who purchase tickets by December 1. After that, ticket price increases to $65 per person. Purchases may be made online at www.mauifilipinochamber.com. For more information, please call Elsa Segal at (808) 276-6946.


Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov.-Elect Green Recruiting for State Jobs

The administration of Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov.-Elect Josh Green are recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals to work in various positions and a variety of boards and commissions.

Applicants should be dedicated to serving our communities, and committed to supporting and advancing the governor’s agenda to improve our quality of life in Hawai‘i.

For more information and to apply, visit: www.governmentjobs.com.


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