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Centex breaks ground for Ko Olina homes

Resort home developer Centex Destination Properties broke ground yesterday on the first phase of 60 homes and 260 townhouse villas at Ko Olina Resort & Marina in Leeward Oahu

The Ko Olina Kai Golf Estates and Villas project is the first Centex development on Oahu in many years. Its most recent project, Kolea, is a 96-unit luxury condominium development at the Big Island's Waikoloa Beach Resort.

The Centex home development --with prices ranging from $400,000 to more than $1 million --will join two recent Ko Olina projects. The Coconut Plantation is a 270-unit development of Brookfield Homes Corp. and Kai Lani at Ko Olina is a 116-unit joint venture of Armstrong Builders Ltd. and Alexander & Baldwin Inc.

FilCom Center calls for caterers

Caterers interested in providing services at the FilCom Center in Waipahu are invited to contact The Filipino Community Center Inc.

"We want to provide a variety of tastes," said Luella Costales, executive director of the center. "Having an expanded list of approved caterers makes the FilCom Center a more attractive location to community members to hold their special events."

Candidates must fill out an application form and submit a $100 nonrefundable processing fee along with copies of a current business license, state health permit, liquor license and proof of liability insurance.

Interested caterers may call the center at 680-0451, send an e-mailed request to or download a form from

AUW pitch-folk announced

ADWorks Inc. and Becker Communications Inc. will provide Aloha United Way with free advertising and public relations services for 2004.

ADWorks will produce AUW's campaign film, television, radio and print advertising, its annual report and other materials. Becker will be responsible for public relations support.

"These donated services enable us to have a much greater impact and reach more people with our message about supporting our community," said Irving Lauber, AUW president.

No dollar value of the services was given

The nonprofit organization delivers more than $220 million in funding for 387 health and human services programs at organizations that serve 500,000 people each year.

Kapiolani condo project online

Prospective buyers who want to learn more about the new Moana Pacific condominium project to be built on Kapiolani Boulevard can now log on to

The sales office for the project, which is being developed by KC Rainbow Development Co. LLC near McKinley High School, is scheduled to open in early March. Sales will begin later that month.

The development will feature two glass-sided, oval-shaped residential towers and a five-story parking structure. Each tower will have 353 units and rise about 400 feet. Prices will start at around $300,000.


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On the board

>> Marie Massengale is the new president of the Professional Women's Network for 2004. Other officers and directors are: Joann Seery, vice president; Sharon Mujtabaa, secretary; Elaine Myers-Hammond, treasurer; Susan Minser-Will, arrangements; Lisa Currie, membership; Audrey Hutton, publicity; Kanani Iaea, special events; Jeannie Shaw, scholarship; Waynella McNeil, trade show; Barbara Guss, past-president advisor; and Carol Williams, executive director.

>> Building Industry Association of Hawaii announces its 2004 Parade of Homes chairs: Mary Hakoda of Prudential Locations, steering; Kenneth Choate of Haseko Construction Inc., sponsorship; Craig Watase of Mark Development Inc., sales; Mark-Allen H. DeCastro of Castle & Cooke Realty, golf; Paula Kelly of Hawaiian Isles, marketing and banquet; and Donna Tomita of Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc., past chair.


>> The University of Hawaii Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Barrett was selected as a 2003 Outstanding Volunteer Leader of the Year by Network of Volunteer Leadership. She produces a bimonthly newsletter and organizes potluck dinners and night snorkels to give volunteers and their families a chance to bond, thereby increasing volunteer retention. She also developed a handbook which sets goals and expectations for volunteers.


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