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BY ERIKA ENGLE

Tuesday, November 13, 2001



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Liberty House credit card holders in good standing will receive new Macy's credit cards this week, as LH credit accounts will automatically be transferred to Macy's system. The cards will be ready for use upon receipt.

The card, featuring Macy's star and a hibiscus-homage to LH, was designed by the new owner's advertising department in San Francisco, but there's a Hawaii connection. Macy's senior designer is the former Carrie Furukawa (now Laurent), a Maui High School grad whose family still lives on the Valley Isle. The blended star-hibiscus logo will also adorn the store's shopping bags and gift cards.

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The color scheme received by store credit cardholders will depend upon the customer's credit level, according to Macy's.

There is to be no mass-mailing of credit card applications to Hawaii residents, but there will be applications-aplenty at cashiers' counters starting Sunday and incentives to sign up will be offered.

Macy's officially opens its 11 department stores and seven resort and specialty stores the day after Thanksgiving -- traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The store's new signage will be unveiled early on opening day at all Hawaii stores save Waikiki, which won't open until 10 a.m.

The most fanfare will occur, predictably, at the Ala Moana location starting at 6:15 a.m.

A traditional Hawaiian blessing, remarks by store officials and entertainment will lead to the untying of the maile lei to signal the opening of the doors at 7 a.m.

Rotarians roll up sleeves

... and bare legs in nonstandard meeting attire Saturday.

The Waikiki Rotary Club will mark National Rotary Gives Thanks Day Saturday by cleaning up the Ala Wai Harbor.

Rather than gather with palm pilots, laptops and cell phones, they'll assemble with rakes, gloves and garbage bags with the goal of scooping flotsam, jetsam and other unidentifiable floating objects from the water.

Dowling gets award

Maui real estate developer Dowling Co. Inc. has been named 2001 Outstanding Small Business by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and it will be honored at a luncheon Friday. It just happens to be National Philanthropy Day.

The company's charitable giving is focused toward education and the environment, and it has contributed some $3 million to those causes over the past several years.





Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached
at: eengle@starbulletin.com




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