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Psychological association seeks awards applications

The Hawaii Psychological Association is accepting applications for the fourth annual Healthy Workplace Awards.

The statewide awards recognize excellence in five categories: large business, small business, nonprofit organization, government agency and military unit.

Applications are due by July 31 and are available online at or by calling HPA at 521-8995.

A team of HPA psychologists will conduct site visits to finalist companies. The awards will be presented in October at the Hawaii Psychological Association annual conference in Honolulu.

Last year's winners were: large business, Belt Collins Hawaii Ltd.; small business, (tie) Contract Furniture of Hawaii dba Office Pavilion and Otsuka's Furniture & Appliances; nonprofit, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning; government agency, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard; military unit, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut.

The Hawaii Psychological Association, chartered in 1982, is a professional association representing more than 300 Hawaii psychologists that promotes psychological health in the workplace.

Stupid Factory moves to new space

David & Goliath Presents the Stupid Factory has moved from the mall level at Ala Moana Center to the street level, mauka side, next to Cathedral Gift Shop.

"The location we were in on the mall level was a temporary space," said Jim Geiger, president of Waikiki Trader Corp., David & Goliath licensee. The new space will be the shop's permanent home at the center, he said.

David & Goliath first opened at Ala Moana late last year and has since opened shops on Front Street in Lahaina, Maui, and at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.

The store, aimed at 'tween and teen girls and young women, has drawn some controversy for its boy-bashing line of merchandise. The designs are based on the doodling of company founder and certified public accountant Todd Goldman.

Central Pacific to open 25th branch

Central Pacific Bank has begun construction on a branch in Wailuku, Maui, that will be the bank's 25th statewide and third on the island.

The branch at 2061 Wells St. is expected to be completed in November and opened later that month or in early December. Clifford Beppu, managing partner of Romero Medical Building LLC, is the developer of the facility and Arisumi Brothers Inc. is the general contractor.

Central Pacific said the Wailuku branch will be modeled after the bank's Kihei, Maui, branch that opened in 2002, and will include a safe-deposit vault with a biometric reader that measures a person's handprint for access.

Hawaiian Air extension approved

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Robert Faris approved a motion yesterday from Hawaiian Airlines and Boeing Capital Corp. for a 10th extension to continue discussions on restructuring their aircraft lease agreements. The new extension expires June 30.

Without the extension, Boeing Capital would have had the right to repossess its planes under federal bankruptcy law.

Hawaiian, which has 25 planes, is trying to renegotiate leases with Boeing on three 767s and the 11 717s that comprise the airline's interisland fleet.


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