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Chong To Focus On Mall Events
Students’ Business Plan Recognized
   also worked in the nonprofit sector as the strategic marketing and communications manager at The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands.
together for customers and members of the community.
Pearl City High School students were recently rec- ognized for their business acumen. They were win- ners in the People’s Choice category for American Savings Bank’s 2022 Kei- kiCo Contest, which pairs schools with ASB men- tors to help pupils develop business plans. This year, People’s Choice winners received $500 from ASB to help make their business a reality.
“Onehighlightinmycareerisleading The Salvation Army’s direct marketing strategies and campaigns to raise emer- gency disaster response funds during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, as well as during natural disasters in years prior,” says Chong.
One is its monthly Night Market, which has been consistently popular. On Jan. 6, the Night Market will host booths from lo- calbusinessesofferingfood,drinks,crafts and retail products. Lawn games, live mu- sic and giveaways from Pearlridge Center merchants and eateries promise to keep guests entertained throughout the evening.
Home to the island’s only mall monorail system, Pearlridge Center is the largest en- closed shopping center in Hawai‘i. Nearly all of its visitors are local residents — and more than 80% of customers live within 8 miles from the mall.
On Jan. 21, Chong shares that the non- profit U.S.VETS Hawai‘i will be hosting a drive-in movie fundraiser.
“Like our customers, a majority of our tenants are also local businesses. We are proud that this is a space where generations of local families and local businesses have grown and will continue to prosper togeth- er,” says Chong.
And, later in March, there will be horses on property to offer pony rides around the parking lot — a sure hit for families with keiki.
Teranishi. “We are grate- ful for the opportunity to support young leaders and entrepreneurs with financial education resources and mentorship opportunities.”
There’s a series of upcoming fun events at Pearlridge Center that Chong is putting
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“We are proud to help support this critical organization that is doing so much to sup- port veterans in the community through its housing and health programs,” says Chong.
Pearl City High School students submitted a busi- ness plan for a PC wallet — an app that connects the Pearl City High community with on-campus clubs sell- ing snacks and other goods. The app would list all of the clubs and what they are selling. Then, anyone with the app could pay digitally
Pearl City High School students won a People’s Choice Award and $500 in American Savings Bank’s KeikiCo Contest. PHOTO COURTESY PEARL CITY HIGH SCHOOL VIA AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK
and pick up their order. “This year’s KeikiCo participants inspired us with their innovation, imagina- tion, creativity and com- mitment to bettering our community,” states ASB president and CEO Ann
“There’s always something happening here at Pearlridge Center!” says Chong.
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