Mmm mmm good: Campbell Soup Co. said yesterday that its profit rose 46 percent from a year ago, as it raised prices and got a lift from an extra week in the latest reporting period. Above, Kim Chou held up a can of Campbell's soup in her kitchen at her home in San Jose, Calif., in May 2007.
Kaiser giving $100,000 in grants
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has committed $100,000 in grants for local nonprofit organizations as part of its 50th anniversary milestone.
The state's largest health-maintenance organization will donate a one-time $50,000 grant targeting programs that help reduce health disparities in Hawaii and 50 grants of $1,000 each to local nonprofits selected by its employees and physicians.
The HMO, established on Nov. 12, 1958, will award the recipients of the grants at a 50th anniversary celebration this fall.
Any local nonprofit that provides health-care services and is seeking to reduce health disparities may apply for the $50,000 grant by Sept. 30. For more information, call 432-5777 ext. 1496 or go to: http://info.kp.org/communitybenefit/our_communities_6_a.html.
Kaiser has asked its employees and physicians to nominate 501C3 charitable organizations and government agencies for the other grants. Recipients for both grant programs will be contacted in late October.
Castle Resorts gets Big Isle pact
Castle Resorts & Hotels
began managing a new luxury condominium project at the Big Island's Waikoloa Beach Resort on Sept. 1.
Halii Kai - 192 condominiums in a gated community on 29 acres - is the newest project at the resort and includes a private club that features an oceanfront lagoon pool, children's pool, fitness cabana, barbecue area and restaurant.
The new project features two- and three-bedroom island-themed villas ranging from 1,204 to 1,930 square feet adjacent to the Waikoloa Beach Golf Course.
The hotel operator also operates properties in Hilo, Kona and Waimea on the Big Island.
Castle has a total of 25 properties - 20 in Hawaii, three in Micronesia, one in Thailand, one in New Zealand.
U.S. Vets Initiative granted $5,000
United States Veterans Initiative has been given a grant of $5,000 by The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank
. The grant will assist the Veterans Initiative to support the programs and services it provides to homeless military veterans in Hawaii.
United States Veterans Initiative is the largest nonprofit organization in the country dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans.
HPH boosts state economy
The nonprofit hospitals and clinics of Hawaii Pacific Health generated more than $1 billion in economic activity in Hawaii during 2007, according to a new study.
The economic impact analysis, conducted by Tripp Umbach, a national provider of such studies, found that Hawaii Pacific Health affiliates contributed a total of $1.1 billion directly and indirectly to the economy through payroll, the purchase of goods and services, capital improvements, spending by employees and visitors, and other measures.
Hawaiian to fly Raiders again
will be transporting the Oakland Raiders for the ninth straight year to all road games, starting with this weekend's game against the rival Kansas City Chiefs.
Along with this week's game, Hawaiian is flying the Raiders to road games in Buffalo, N.Y.; New Orleans; Baltimore; Miami; Denver; San Diego and Tampa Bay. In addition, Hawaiian has the first option to fly the Raiders to any road playoff game, including Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay.
In May, Hawaiian introduced nonstop daily service between Oakland and Honolulu.
Hawaiian also is flying the Seattle Seahawks to their road games for the second consecutive year.