In Brief | Island Inc. | 7-28-14


The Club in Kona holds open house

The Club in Kona’s 26th anniversary open house featuring CXWORX, a 30-minute revolutionary core training class and TR90 genetic weight management program will be held Friday and Saturday. Participants will be entered into drawings for free membership, personal training, weight management and other giveaways.

For more information, visit theclubinkona.com

Jack’s Diving Locker celebrating 33 years

Jack’s Diving Locker is celebrating 33 years in business in Kona on Saturday with a mermaid costume contest with prizes, free scuba lessons in the pool and free hot dogs at lunchtime.

Jack’s Diving Locker is a family owned and operated dive and snorkel business dedicated to providing fun experiences and quality programs for residents and visitors of Kona. For more information about this celebration, call 329-7585 or visit jacksdivinglocker.com/events.

Blue Startups accepting applicants

Blue Startups, the Hawaii-based technology accelerator with an Asia and Pacific focus, is accepting applications for a fourth cohort of startup companies. Founded by Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Software, Blue Startups provides investment capital and mentorship to startup companies in Hawaii.

Blue Startups is recruiting capital-efficient and scalable-technology companies, including Internet, software, mobile, gaming and e-commerce. The program accepts up to 10 companies for each cohort. There will be an information session at Blue Startups on Tuesday for all interested applicants: eventbrite.com/e/blue-startups-cohort-4-info-session-tickets-12283866375). The next application deadline is Aug. 15 at bluestartups.com/apply. Blue Startups has a network of more than 70 mentors who assist in accelerating the startup companies in the program. Blue Startups has funding from the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. and private investors.

Hawaiian adding planes to its fleet

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to acquire six new A330-800neo aircraft starting in 2019, with rights to purchase an additional six aircraft as part of the carrier’s vision to serve farther nonstop destinations from Hawaii. The order replaces Hawaiian Airline’s existing order for six A350XWB-800 aircraft, which were due for delivery from 2017.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the aircraft have a total list-price value of approximately $2.9 billion if all of the purchase rights are exercised.

Hearts &Stars among top 100 salons

Hawaii-based Hearts &Stars Salon &Day Spa has been named to ELLE magazine’s annual list of top 100 salons in the United States—America’s Best Hair. Opened in 2013, the full service salon located in Waikoloa joins the prestigious list as the only spa from Hawaii.

The salon was founded in 2013 by Jason Harsin. Harsin and his team of top stylists, nail artists, estheticians and massage therapists have created a full-service salon and spa that attracts residents and visitors from all over the world. Former rock ‘n’ roll musician-turned-hairstylist Jason Harsin is a seasoned expert with more than 10 years in the industry.

Mauna Kea Resort earns new, healthy travel accreditation

Mauna Kea Resort has been selected as a founding member of the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation — a new, healthy travel certification program. Six resorts across the nation have been invited to join the inaugural group.

The accreditation process is designed to help hotels measure and improve their health-related initiatives, amenities and personnel. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit also offers a consumer portal described as a cross between TripAdvisor and Consumer Reports, with a singular focus on healthy travel.

For more information, visit travelhealthy.org.

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Morton joins ALTRES as HR consultant

SimplicityHR by ALTRES, a provider of outsourced payroll and human resources services, has announced the hiring of Rebecca Morton as a human resources consultant to its office in Kailua-Kona.

In her new role, Morton will be responsible for growing the business on the Big Island, advising clients in all areas of human resource management as well as helping them strategically integrate effective HR processes and keeping them in accordance with policy and labor laws.