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Hot Shots – 8/8/23

Shopping Event Gives Back, Spreads Aloha

Neiman Marcus Honolulu recently presented a $10,000 check to Aloha United Way. The funds were raised through the store’s Giveback Shopping event, during which a percentage of sales were donated to the organization. Pictured (from left) are Alison Tomisato Alves, director of marketing, Marriott International; Erin Isa Donle, senior director general manager, Neiman Marcus; Charmaine Viegas, director of digital fundraising, Aloha United Way; Dee Lim, Hawai‘i group talent manager, Enterprise Holdings; Amy Tomita Castro, brand experience manager, Neiman Marcus; and Emmaly Calibraro, vice president of resource development, Aloha United Way. PHOTO COURTESY ZACHARY LAMBE

Donation Enables Program To Expand

American Savings Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines recently donated more than $900,000 to Hawaiian Community Assets to expand counseling and financial education support for its Kahua Waiwai Homebuyer Program. Pictured (from left) are Tony Au, senior vice president and director of consumer loan operations, ASB; Michelle Bartell, senior vice president and director of community advancement, ASB; Cass Ohelo, director of operations, HCA; Tony Mizuno, senior vice president and director of commercial real estate, ASB; Beth Whitehead, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, ASB; Damayanthi Fernando, director of programs, HCA; and Ann Teranishi, president and CEO, ASB. PHOTO COURTESY AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK

Windward Girl Brings Home The Crown, Title

Eleven-year-old Siena-Grace Tufaga recently represented the Aloha State at the 2023 Miss Elementary America Pageant, a national event held in Little Rock, Arkansas. She won the title of Miss Elementary America 6th Grade and was crowned by last year’s winner, Farrah McDurmon of Tennessee. Competition scores were based on evening gown, fun fashion stage events, private interview and community service. PHOTO COURTESY SHELDON SMITH