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LIHU`E, Hawai`i, Aug. 29, 2005 - Leadership Kauai’s second Annual Leadership Program has kicked off with a bang. 23 new participants (six more than last year) have already undergone an orientation; Tom and Bonnie McCloskey, the original founders of the organization, who seeded Leadership Kaua`i with $50,000 last year, have donated $25,000 this year to seed an endowment; and Tim Bynum, the organization’s new Executive Director, is raring to go.
“We’re terribly thrilled with the dynamic class members we have this year. They represent a diverse cross section of the island and are excited about the experiences, curriculum and networking opportunities ahead. And with Tom and Bonnie McCloskey’s generous donation to seed an endowment fund, we are off to an outstanding future,” said Bynum.
“Bonnie and I are so pleased to see Leadership Kaua`i thriving as it is. The hands-on work of the Board of Directors, the leadership Jay Furfaro provided last year, Tim Bynum’s enthusiasm and proven record this year, along with the support of so many donors in our community bode well for the organization. Our endowment gift is intended to fortify all of that and ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization,” said Tom McCloskey, Ilima Papa level member of Leadership Kauai’s Founder’s Circle, Ala Kukui, and Chairman of McCloskey and Company.
Annual Leadership Program participants will attend a retreat on Sept. 23-25 at the Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort. As last year, Bill Cathers, a nationally renowned consultant and speaker who has worked with numerous school districts, private corporations, non-profit organizations, and the prominent Aspen Institute will present “ The Balance of Leadership” seminar at the retreat, which will kick off the academic portion of the Annual Leadership Program. Alumni from last year’s Annual Leadership Program will also attend a dinner with the new participants to assist with mentoring them, and the new participants will select their team projects, which will address critical community issues.
“Annual Leadership Program classes will run monthly for the next nine months, during which time participants will spend one full day per month, plus additional out-of-class time attending courses, reading supplementary materials, visiting key Kaua`i sites, meeting established community leaders, and working on their team projects,” explained Bynum.
The participants in this year’s Annual Leadership Program, along with their sponsors, include the following:
“Mahalo to all those who are working tirelessly and donating so generously to make this year and the organization’s future a success. I am very optimistic about what Leadership Kaua`i will be able to accomplish in this community. We couldn’t have achieved so much thus far without the dedication and service of Mark Hubbard, our volunteer interim Executive Director, the McCloskey’s for founding and endowing the organization, all those who sponsored this year’s participants, and our many other donors and volunteers,” said Mike Murakoshi, President of Leadership Kauai’s Board of Directors and Senior Vice President, Kaua`i Regional Supervisor for First Hawaiian Bank.
Leadership Kauai’s motto, “Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua,” means, “Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.” This phrase comes from “Olelo No ‘eau” by Mary Kawena Pukui and flows into the organization’s objectives to develop leaders with an awareness of and sensitivity toKauai’s culture and people; educate leaders who will succeed in our unique environment and within our global economy; motivate leaders to effectively address community needs and improve our quality of life; and establish and expand the ranks of Kauai’s leaders. For more information about Leadership Kaua`i, please visit www.leadershipkauai.org or call 246-8727.
$5,000 to be Awarded to Best New Business Plan
"Bonnie and I are so pleased to partner with KCC to kick off this competition. We feel this is a good, long-term investment in our community and in Kauai's economy. We also want to do everything we can to encourage the development of businesses that can be sustained on Kaua`i, and to promote the entrepreneurial spirit among those who have the hearts, minds, and gumption to start new businesses," said Tom McCloskey, Chairman of McCloskey and Company.
"The McCloskey KCC Business Plan Competition provides a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurial-minded students and residents of Kaua`i to come together for the purpose of fostering new business development," said Peggy Cha, KCC's Chancellor.
Any Kaua`i Community College student carrying six or more credits may enter the competition. Non-students may join a team that includes an eligible student. Business professionals throughout Hawai`i will act as judges and mentors for the competition. All teams interested in entering the competition must register by Nov. 30, 2005. The competition will be conducted in two phases throughout the majority of the 2005-2006 school year, and the winner will be announced on April 21, 2006. Registration forms may be picked up at KCC's Business Education Division or online at www.kauai.hawaii.edu/staff/stani/index.htm. For more information about the McCloskey KCC Business Plan Competition, contact Harold Nakamura at 245-8228 or Al Spencer at 245-8242.
Planning Committee members for The McCloskey KCC Business Plan Competition are Leland Kahawai of First Hawaiian Bank's Lihu`e Branch; Brad Nagano of Noguchi & Associates; Susan Tai of the SBDC, Harold Nakamura, Co-Chair of KCC's Business Education Division; Al Spencer, Co-Chair of KCC's Business Education Division; and Cheryl Gruse, KCC Business Education Lecturer.
Competition mentors include Glenn Hontz, Bill Blackburn, John Isobe, Cheryl Gruse, and Susan Tai.
The judges who will decide on the winning business plan are Dennis Esaki of Esaki Surveying & Mapping; Ian Kagimoto of Aqua Engineers; Lucy Kawaihalau of Kaua'i Vacation Rentals & Real Esate; Peter Yukimura of Koa Trading; Tad Miura, Jr. of Deja Vu Surfwear; Kirk Nakamoto of Bank of Hawai'i; and Ernie Pasion of the County of Kaua`i.
McCloskey and Company's mission is to develop projects and businesses responsibly, steward the land, and leave a positive, lasting legacy, based on Kauai's community needs and resource gaps. McCloskey and Company encompasses several entities owned by Tom and Bonnie McCloskey and their family, including the Kealia Kai development and Northshore Nursery on Kaua`i, Hawai`i, and Cornerstone Holdings based in Aspen, Colorado. Through the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation, McCloskey and Company funds a variety of projects that are aligned with the company mission and which address specific community concerns.
Island School to launch Excellence in Teaching Award
LIHU`E, Hawai`i, Feb. 19, 2004
Island School announced today that it will launch its first-ever Excellence in Teaching Award, which will award a $5,000 prize to an outstanding teacher, sponsored by Tom and Bonnie McCloskey of McCloskey and Company.
“All of us at Island School are grateful to the McCloskeys for their generosity and commitment to education,” said Robert Springer, Head of Island School. Tom McCloskey, Chairman of McCloskey and Company, said, “Bonnie and I are especially interested in contributing to educational excellence on Kaua`i and we believe one of the best ways to do that is to reward great teachers. We are truly glad to be working with Island School to sponsor this Excellence in Teaching Award, and hope that it will serve to foster high quality learning locally.”
During the month of February, members of the Island School ‘ohana, including students, instructors, administrators, and parents, will begin the nomination process. A Nominations Committee composed of representatives from Island School’s student government, parents, and Academic Affairs and Activities Committee will receive and review nominations and select three to five teachers to become finalists for the award. By March 19, the Nominations Committee will submit the finalists to a Selection Committee, which will make the final selection. The winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award will be announced by David Pratt, President of the Board of Directors, at Island School’s graduation ceremonies on June 5.
Explained Springer, “We have a list of nomination criteria but in a nutshell we are looking for Island School instructors who are exceptional in their fields; have clear standards for learning and grading; use a variety of teaching techniques; provide motivation and feedback to students and colleagues; and are role models in the larger community.” Island School combines academic excellence with character building and experiences in the arts. Its mission is to prepare students to live productive, fulfilling lives as confident, responsible life-long learners and contributing members of society; to express fully the talents of our faculty and administration through a challenging curriculum that prepares students for successful higher education; and to provide a safe, nurturing environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, initiative, and respect for self and others.
McCloskey and Company’s mission is to develop projects and businesses responsibly, steward the land, and leave a positive, lasting legacy, based on Kauai’s community needs and resource gaps. McCloskey and Company encompasses several entities owned by Tom and Bonnie McCloskey and their family, including the Kealia Kai development and Northshore Nursery on Kaua`i, Hawai`i, and Cornerstone Holdings based in Aspen, Colorado. Through the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation, McCloskey and Company funds a variety of projects that are aligned with the company mission and which address specific community concerns. Tom and Bonnie McCloskey have had a longstanding interest in education. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Mendoza college of Business at the University of Notre Dame and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Bonnie McCloskey is a trustee at both the Sweet Briar College and The Aspen Institute.
Hawai`i, Sept. 12, 2003 - Former Executive Assistant at Island School,
Kymry Perez, joined McCloskey and Company last month as an Executive Assistant.
McCloskey and Company encompasses several entities owned by Tom and Bonnie
McCloskey and their family, including the Kealia Kai development and Northshore
Nursery on Kaua`i, Hawai`i, and Cornerstone Holdings based in Aspen, Colorado.
If you go to the Washington Post's online "Corporate Ethics" page, it's chock full of recent stories about corporations gone awry. There's even a corporate scandals primer. Five years ago, this page probably didn't exist. With all the current hubbub about business ethics, including the theme of our 2003 Business Directory, "Doing Good Business on Kaua`i: Building Our Livelihoods with Aloha," (see page 4 of the Directory), it's nice to know that among our members are companies, or those associated with companies, that shine in the corporate ethics area.
On page 6 of the Directory, we focus on three local businesses including Mark's Place & Contemporary Flavors, Kapaia Stitchery, and Kaua`i Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, with testimonials from each of those business owners regarding how they have done "good business" on Kaua`i.
Last month, Horizon Organic (NASDAQ: HCOW), which markets the world's largest brand of organic dairy products (the cow print dairy products are sold in many of our local grocery stores) was ranked # 31 in the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list distributed by Business Ethics Magazine. The local connection is that Tom McCloskey of Kauai's McCloskey and Company, one of the Chamber's newest members, is the Chairman of the Board of Horizon Organic. Horizon Organic's dedication to the promotion of sustainable agriculture, the development and implementation of numerous education programs, and support of community organizations made them a strong choice to be honored.
We are proud of our model members and hope you find value in the theme of this year's Directory, which includes guidelines for writing an ethics code; the corporate advantages of ethical business practices; and a business ethics reading list.
abandoned cane-haul road will form the core of a $7.2 million bicycle
and pedestrian path along the East Kaua'i shoreline.
The 12-foot-wide trail will be built by improving an existing asphalt path in the Kapa'a town area and paving a former Lihu'e Plantation cane-haul road to 'Ahihi Point. The rough road already is used by mountain bikers and joggers. Cane-haul bridges along the coastline also will be improved.
The project is one link in what is envisioned as an "emerald lei" of greenways and paths around the island, said Laurie Ho, coordinator of the federal Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development Council.
The county has received $300,000 in federal money for planning, permitting and environmental studies for the Kapa'aiKealia route. Construction money will come from a Federal Highways Administration grant, said Doug Haigh of the Kaua'i County Department of Public Works. The project is expected to start next summer and continue through 2004.
Federal money also paid for a 2.1-mile bike and pedestrian path in Wailua, south of Kapa'a, that is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Further in the future is a 2-mile path from Wailua to Kapa'a, Haigh said.
The trails figure in a long-running community effort to develop a Kaua'i Health and Heritage Corridor providing opportunities for recreation while preserving former cane-haul truck and railroad routes.
After the plantation closed and former sugar lands were sold to developers, the public began to lose access to secluded shoreline long used by fishermen and others, Ho said. The goal is to establish a 90-mile bike path from Polihale on the western end to Ha'ena on the northern end, she said.
"Slowly by slowly, we're getting there. We can't do it all at one time," Ho said.
The Kapa'aiKealia leg would not have been possible without the gift of 67 acres of makai land from the developers of the Kealia Kai subdivision, Haigh said. The property provides access to Kealia Beach and Kumukumu, or Donkey Beach.
"Once you get out of the residential areas, it's only you and nature and the shoreline. It will be the most beautiful bike path in the world," Haigh said.
A smaller section will be on state land running from Kawaihau Road to Kapa'a Stream that was once leased to the plantation. Haigh said the state is expected to deed that land to the county.
Pavilions, restrooms and parking will be built at Lihi Park and Kealia Beach Park, which currently has no such facilities. Another restroom will be built at a parking lot serving a beach access through Kealia Kai. And a new parking and rest area will be provided near the Kealia Lookout.
Cyclist Laurel Brier commutes 30 miles a day and has been involved in various efforts during the past 25 years to create a system of bike paths on Kaua'i.
a beautiful course," she said.