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Kaneohe Business Group newsletter



KBG Membership Meeting

Upcoming Events:

August 25, 2010 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. “Time to Shine!” from the inside-out with Image Consultant Kim KuboCaloroso

August 18 5:30 p.m. Mini-golf Tournament at Bayview

August 25 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. KBG General Membership Meeting Speaker Kim Kubo-Caloroso, Image Consultant, Corporate Training, Personal Stylist & Makeup Artist Pohai Nani. RSVP to Joel Kurosaki at 520-1565 by Monday, August 23.

September 8 noon –1:00 p.m. KBG Board Meeting

September 29 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. KBG General Membership Meeting Speaker Ned Busch

October 27 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. KBG General Membership Meeting Speaker Craig Howes, author of “The Value of Hawaii”

Membership News: Invite a friend to join! KBG membership brochures and applications are now available. Call Bonnie Beatson @ 235-7374 or e-mail her at

During uncertain financial times, some people seek education, streamline their finances and get clarity on the direction they are headed. Why not take Kim Kubo-­‐Caloroso a look at how we present ourselves? Kim will share practical tips of how to “shine” in your business! Kim Kubo is widely known and has trained thousands of professionals across the Islands and the West Coast. Some of her clients include Century 21 Realty, Executive Women International, Four Seasons Hotel Wailea, Rotary Club of Honolulu, Straub Clinic and Tardus Financial Honolulu & Las Vegas to name a few. Kim is the original director of the Dress for Success program at the Honolulu YWCA and was voted one of Hawaii’s young professionals by Pacific Business News “40 under 40” Class of 2003. She was selected as one the Venture Club of Honolulu’s Community Servicewoman of the year in 2004, and has recently served as the vice president for the Million Dollar Business Networking Intl. (BNI) Hawaii chapter. Kim has an Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2002. You will enjoy her high energy and practical confidence-building techniques for a professional image and attitude from the inside out!

President’s Message Aloha members, It’s time for a review. Who knows what the mission of Kaneohe Business Group is? No fair peeking at your directory or going online to the website (which is under construction right now anyway). Our mission statement is a call for action to inspire, promote, attract and advertise business in Kaneohe. Let’s break it down: 1. Our objective is to inspire in our members a sense of responsibility and active interest in community affairs; 2. to promote the commerce and industry of Kaneohe and disseminate business information; (more)

3. to attract and interest visitors; 4. and to advertise and promote the welfare of Kaneohe. Bonnie Beatson Along the way, Kaneohe Business Group has accomplished much to stay true to the mission, supporting projects that have helped build commerce in Kaneohe: the first Satellite City Hall, a regional Post Office, Windward Mall and the Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center.

We have also been involved in projects that continue to have a positive impact on the lives of Kaneohe residents, like helping to acquire land for the Senior Center and

Kaneohe Business Group newsletter SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1969

Officers PRESIDENT Bonnie Beatson Windward Community College PRESIDENT-ELECT Ned Busch Mediation Hawaii VICE PRESIDENT Matt Claybaugh Marimed Foundation VICE PRESIDENT Dr. Bernard “Chip” Abbadessa Kaneohe Family Chiropractic SECRETARY Mary Renfer Law Office of Mary A. Renfer, Esq. TREASURER Linda Kuklinsky L&M Consultants PAST PRESIDENT Libby Young Windward Community College

Board of Directors


President’s Message (cont.) Kaneohe District Park. Did you know that KBG was instrumental in planting the beautiful shower trees that are in bloom right now along Kamehameha Highway? Coordinating the annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a helps us achieve our mission objectives. Through our efforts and the sponsoring partnerships that are cultivated, the event promotes small businesses from Kaneohe and the Windward side, is widely publicized, and attracts thousands of local and out-of-state visitors. As a result, we are inspired to give back to the

community—by educating our future business leaders. This year with proceeds from the 2009 Ho‘olaule‘a, KBG will award 13 Windward Community College students with $900 scholarships. You will meet some of these scholarship recipients at our August 25 meeting. Please congratulate them and know that you have made a difference in their lives. Mission accomplished. Aloha, Bonnie

Beautiful Kaneohe Landscape Heeia Wetlands Taro

David Bello, Certified Financial Planner Kyle Brockett, Bank of Hawaii Jo Brooks, CRB, CRS and GRI, Coldwell %DQNHU3DFLÀF Sandy Kurosaki, Coldwell Banker Pacific Herb Lee, Pacific American Foundation May Nishijima, First Hawaiian Bank Jan-Peter Preis, Preis and Associates Architects Cynthia Okazaki, Kaneohe Community Family Center Laurie Rodriguez, Little People Hawaii Kaelene Wong, financial advisor Newsletter Editor Theresa Worden Email:

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Kaneohe Business Group P.O. Box 927 Kaneohe, HI 96744


Our objective is to inspire in our members a sense of individual civic responsibility and active interest in community affairs; to promote the commerce and industry of Kaneohe and disseminate business information; to attract and interest visitors; and to advertise and promote the welfare of Kaneohe.

Mahalo to Mahealani Cypher & Kanekoa Schultz For those who missed the tour of the Heeia Wetlands and Haiku Valley restoration projects, here’s a preview of what is to come—400 acres of wetlands will be restored taro fields as a sustainable resource in the

community. Please have a look at the attached flyer to see how you can get involved or, at the very least, check it out and spread the word. Mahalo, Mahealani and Koa, for the fabulous tour of these two beautiful areas that are becoming a real asset to our community.

Upcoming Events Public Scoping Meeting Department of the Navy, DoD

Thursday, August 26 5 to 8 p.m. King Intermediate School Cafeteria The Department of the Navy intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the basing and operation of MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey aircraft and H-1 Cobra and Huey

attack helicopters in the support of III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) training and readiness operations in Hawaii. This meeting is one of five planned around the islands to discuss and identify community concerns and specific issues to be addressed in the EIS.

September Sailing Social Don’t miss this amazing sail on Marimed’s 90-foot three-masted schooner on Kaneohe Bay. Date and details to come.

Mahalo, Joann and Mark Seery! Word-of-mouth marketing is powerful as Joann and Mark demonstrated at our July meeting. The room was abuzz as we asked questions and shared about our businesses with each other. I hope we can do some referral training in the future.

New Member Profiles Ken Rakta Kaneohe Yacht Club Ken came to Hawaii from Bangkok, Thailand in 1965 to attend BYU Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii. He started working at restaurants and hotels and fell in love with the business while working at the Kahala Hilton and the Ilikai Hotel. In 1970 He became the General Manager of the Summit Restaurant atop Ala Moana Hotel and helped guide it to become the award-winning restaurant in Hawaii. After working at the Ala Moana Hotel, Ken went on to become the Director of Food and Beverage for the Coco Palm Hotel in Kauai and then the Royal Lahaina in

Starla Frost Family Chiropractic Center and Windward Therapeutic Massage Center For the past eight years, Starla has served as the Office Manager at Family Chiropractic Center and Windward Therapeutic Massage Center. Located on the second floor of the American Savings Bank building, their purpose is to heal and educate their patients and the community, empowering them to achieve optimum health. Their

Maui. In the mid 1980s, Ken returned to Oahu to open the Ramada Inn near the airport and later became the Director of Food and Beverage and Assistant General Manager at the Hale Makai Hotel in Waikiki. Ken worked for the Sheraton Waikiki for a few years in the late 1980s before going into private country club business. He started at the Mid-Pacific Country Club, went on to the Waialae Country Club, and finally spent the last four years as Kaneohe Yacht Club’s General Manager. Ken enjoys golfing, bird hunting and shooting skeet and sporting clay. He has been married for 35 years, has two adult daughters and a German shorthaired dog named Koko. Ken lives in Kaneohe and calls Hawaii home.

commitment is founded upon patient service, dedication to excellence, and the aloha spirit. Starla is a graduate of Castle High School and Windward Community College and is currently pursuing her MBA in Organizational Change at Hawaii Pacific University. Kaneohe is, and always has been, her home. In becoming a member of the KBG, she hopes to develop business and community relationships and become an active member and supporter of the Kaneohe community.

KBG Trade Show Windward Ho‘olaule‘a KBG members: Don’t miss the chance to highlight your business at the Windward Ho’olaule‘a Trade Show Saturday, Oct. 2. You can have a two-hour block of time, free of charge, to promote your company or organization. The event will be open to all companies and organizations, with special emphasis on sustainability and “green” living. As a KBG member, you can reach thousands of people to promote your product or service. Reserve your space with coordinator Laurie Rodriguez at 372-9525 or If you know of someone else who wants to participate, the fee is $120, which includes a year’s KBG membership upon approval by the KBG board.

community and have some fun,” said Laurie. “With the thousands of people at the event, you can expand your client base, see old friends and meet your next biggest customers and referral partners.”

More Ho‘olaule‘a highlights Since our last newsletter, the entertainment line-up has expanded to include award-winning musicians Sean Na‘auao and Mailani to bring both contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music to the day-long festivities. This year, the Windward Ho‘olaule‘a is joining with the Five Rs Committee of 96744 to involve students, teachers and families from the Castle complex of schools.

KBG members Jo Brooks, Joel Kurosaki and Laurie Rodriguez at last year’s Ho‘olaule‘a.

Participants are encouraged to showcase your business or organization with creative, interactive displays to attract visitors and get them involved. To apply on-line, go to and fill out the simple form. “This is a once-a-year opportunity to meet your

A treasure hunt with prizes will be part of the day’s activities to help students learn about the values of respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, relationships and resilience.

Also, don’t miss the Silent Auction that will feature everything from hotel and restaurant packages to family recreation and hand-crafted items. Chair Carla Rogers is grateful for the generous support of Windward businesses to help raise funds for WCC programs and student scholarships.

Thirteen WCC students to receive KBG scholarships at August meeting Kaneohe Business Group is awarding 13 Windward Community College students with $900 scholarships at the next Kaneohe Business Group general meeting on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pohai Nani Retirement Community. “Proceeds from the 2009 Windward Ho‘olaule‘a, which is coordinated by the Kaneohe Businesss Group and

WCC, are helping to make college a reality for these students who may not have been able to afford it,” said Ho‘olaule‘a chair Herb Lee. “Now they have hope.”

The Kaneohe Business Group has been giving scholarships to WCC students for many years. This year’s 10th Annual Ho‘olaule‘a will take place on Oct 2.

“The need is great,” said WCC financial aid advisor Steven Chigawa. “Forty applications were submitted—a record number for the Kaneohe Business Group scholarship committee.”

“The Ho‘olaule‘a has become a tradition on the Windward side for the whole family,” said Lee. “We want to send a message of hope in these challenging times, that we need to support each other.”



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