Hot Shots – 5/4/22

Mālama ‘Āina On Earth Day

On April 22, a local group celebrated Earth Day by clearing Wailupe Stream of growth and underbrush. The project was spearheaded by chair Steve Lipscomb of the District 19 Republican Party. Neighborhood members who remembered the 2018 flood damage lent a hand as well. More than 65 bags of debris were collected. PHOTO COURTESY PEGGY REGENTINE

Walmart, Sam’s Club Rally

Hawai‘i Walmart and Sam’s Club raised more funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals than any other market in the country. To ring in the good news, Hilo Walmart managers presented a $383,060 check to national CMN leaders and Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, which is the state’s only CMN Hospital. Pictured are (from left) Mark Roberts, Hilo Walmart store manager; Julie Breckenkamp, vice president, national strategic partnerships, CMN Hospitals; Teri Nestel, president and CEO, CMN Hospitals; Shawn McCullum, market manager, Walmart Hawai‘i; Sharyn Richardson, Hilo Walmart store co-manager; Colette Forcier, program director, Kapi‘olani Children’s Miracle Network. PHOTO COURTESY HAWAI‘I PACIFIC HEALTH

Local VP Recognized

Hawai‘i Central Federal Credit Union’s Edwina Suzuki, vice president of administration and human resources, was honored with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s District Director’s Award for her role in helping small, local businesses attain the Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan. PHOTO COURTESY HAWAI‘I CENTRAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION