Hot Shots – 1/24/24

Eatery Supports Maui Wildfires Relief

Zippy’s showed its commitment to Maui’s rebuilding efforts by donating $140,000 to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Pictured (from left) are Wally Chin, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, Hawai‘i Community Foundation; Mary Leong Saunders, vice president of philanthropy, Hawai‘i Community Foundation; Paul Yokota, president, FCH Enterprises Inc./Zippy’s; Noeloa Saito, manager, Zippy’s Kahului; and Raynaldo Cabanting, manager, Zippy’s Kahului. PHOTO COURTESY ZIPPY’S

Honolulu School Wins Esports Championship

Mid-Pacific Institute’s esports team, Overwatch 2 – Owls White, won its second consecutive championship title at the Vanta Hawai‘i League eSports Championships on Dec. 10 at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s esports zone at Aloha Tower. Pictured (from left) are Alyssa Kim, Zach Nishida, Kyler Lum, Tyler Miyoshi, Sean Izustu and Allen Obciana. PHOTO COURTESY MID-PACIFIC INSTITUTE

Bank’s Contribution Aids Food Rescue Efforts

First Hawaiian Bank continue its annual Kōkua Mai employee giving campaign by donating more than $20,000 to Aloha Harvest. Pictured (from left) are Michael Tottori, executive vice president, FHB; Brandon Tomita, executive director, Aloha Harvest; Mele Pepa Latu, operations manager, Aloha Harvest; and Kayla Smith, marketing programs officer, FHB. PHOTO COURTESY ALOHA HARVEST

Restaurants Band Together To Raise Funds

HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support) Island Professionals raised more than $4,800 during its CHUGS4HUGS event at The Row Kaka‘ako at Waterfront Plaza. Island Sausage, Kainalu Poke and The Row Kaka‘ako donated 20% of their Nov. 22 sales to the nonprofit. The Row Kaka‘ako has hosted the event for the past three years. Pictured (from left) are Brian Kumura, HUGS Island Professionals member and senior account executive with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Terrence Enomoto, Island Sausage owner; Gavin Morita, The Row Kaka‘ako co-owner; Brent Kawano, The Row Kaka‘ako co-owner; Maureen Purington, HUGS Hawai‘i executive director; Kalani Iaea, Kainalu Poke owner; Alex Wereszczynskyj, HUGS Hawai‘i development director; and Joe Castaneda, HUGS Island Professionals president and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty real estate agent. PHOTO COURTESY HUGS (HELP, UNDERSTANDING & GROUP SUPPORT) HAWAI‘I