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As part of their 25th Anniversary, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center announced the launch of their Summer Volunteer Drive. The goal of the drive is to register 101 volunteers to assist in their efforts of preventing child abuse and neglect in Maui County.


Each year the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center participate in a number of community events and activities designed to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maui County. Paul Tonnessen expects the drive to add to their prevention efforts and increase the organization’s effectiveness throughout the year. “Without the countless community and business volunteers we would not be able to fulfill our vision of ‘Every child in Maui County free from abuse and neglect’.” he stated.


Signing up to volunteer is easy for any Maui resident or visitor. To sign up visit www.mauicjc.org and click on the “Summer Volunteer Drive” link at the top, left of the page. Descriptions for each volunteer opportunity are listed with an easy to use form to provide your information and make your selections. As the event of your choice approaches the Friends will reach out to you for your volunteering service.


The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui (FCJC) is a private, non-profit corporation, founded in 1989 by a non-partisan group of community and business leaders concerned with the social welfare of children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and severe neglect. To find out more about the Friends or to make a financial donation, visit www.mauicjc.org.


Photo: Paul Tonnessen, Executive Director for the Friends of the Children's Justice Center


WAILEA, Maui May 18, 2015 – Bruce McDonald of Maui Real Estate Advisors, LLC will travel this week to Pudong, a district of Shanghai, China, where he will meet with potential partners and buyers interested in Hawai‘i’s real estate market. After visiting Pudong, he will travel to Hong Kong to further solidify and strengthen his ongoing vision.


Hawai‘i is destined to be a real estate hot spot for Chinese buyers, he said. The Chinese are currently the second-largest foreign investors in U.S. real estate after Canadians, but surprisingly, many are unfamiliar with the Hawaiian Islands, as well as free hold and fee simple ownership of real estate. “Chinese buyers who have experienced Hawai‘i find our lifestyle and financial security very appealing,” said McDonald. “An excelled Asian presence is imminent; our location here in the Pacific is a strategic and logical position… they have been skipping over us; it’s just a matter of time.”


With this in mind, McDonald is assisting Asian buyers looking to purchase residential and commercial properties throughout Hawai‘i. His company, ShangHawaii Realty LLC, was formed in 2012 and is registered with the State of Hawai‘i and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).


McDonald has recruited a competent team of experts for this venture, including Jessica Su, an international tax consultant with O‘ahu-based accounting firm Crowe Horwath International, and Jeffrey Lau, a Honolulu attorney with Ogawa, Lau, Nakamura & Jew Attorneys at Law, who specializes in cross-border legal issues. McDonald has also assembled a skilled team of Mandarin translators and interpreters.


“Bruce McDonald is at the forefront of bridging Hawai‘i real estate transactions with the Mainland Chinese,” said Lau. “His kind, respectful and personable demeanor will truly help Hawai‘i develop wonderful relationships with our friends in the People’s Republic of China.”


Bruce McDonald has been in the Maui real estate market since 2001 and specializes in high-end, luxury properties. With 34 years of experience in the hospitality industry and an MBA in Finance, he has earned a well-deserved reputation for customer relations and client satisfaction. For more information, contact McDonald at (808) 283-4189, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.BruceOnMaui.com.





DENVER, COLO. April 27, 2015—W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC, a privately-held mortgage banking firm, today announced that Robin Wagstaff has been hired as Retail Sales Area Manager to direct retail activity for its first branch location in Hawaii and to support its retail expansion in the market.


With nearly ten years in the lending industry, Wagstaff carries a strong background in private mortgage banking. Most recently, he served as a vice president lending officer with Bank of America. Wagstaff is currently the leading lender for the 700-unit Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Ka‘anapali and the preferred lender for the exclusive Wailea Beach Villas and Ho‘olei Townhomes in Wailea Resort, for which his work has been nationally recognized. Most recently, Wagstaff became the leading lender for the Ritz Carlton Residences in Kapalua and one of the preferred lenders for Kukui‘ula on Kaua‘i.


“With Hawaii’s continuing growth and increasing home values, we’ve had our eye on this market for awhile now,” said Howard Michalski, Executive Managing Director for W.J. Bradley. “Consumers in the area demand a broad selection of home financing options, and offering a competitive price is critical to meeting the needs of the area. Having such an extensive lending background and being native to the area, we are confident that with Robin in this seat, borrowers in Hawaii will be well served and W.J. Bradley will be strongly represented in the market.”


“Being intimately experienced in what our community requires, I’m excited about this transition and the opportunity to extend an expanded level of lending service to my clients and partners,” said Wagstaff. “They can expect not only a larger selection of home loan options, but also, quicker response rates and an expedited closing process.”


As a Maui-grown businessman, the Seabury Hall alumnus graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Applied Human Science. He has been regionally and nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top-producing bankers. Wagstaff has also been recognized by Pacific Business News in its “People Who Make Hawaii Work” and “Top Forty Under 40” lists.


About W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC

W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC, a residential mortgage banking firm founded in 2002, is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. With nearly 100 branch locations throughout the United States, the Company is licensed in 47 states and currently operates with more than 1,200 employees. The Company has allocated significant capital to growth through acquisition in 2015 and is regularly seeking quality origination outfits in exchange for premium valuation opportunity. In 2014, the Company originated $3.306 billion in residential home loans. The Company is the fastest-growing retail mortgage lending firm and third fastest-growing financial services firm in the country among the top fastest-growing financial services firms in the country among those with revenues in excess of $200 million, as ranked by Inc. Magazine and based on percentage of growth in revenue between the years 2010 and 2013. For more information, please visit www.wjbradley.com.



(Wailuku, HI April 22, 2015) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated eighteen (18) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on April 21, 2015.  Mayor Alan Arakawa participated in the graduation and encouraged the students to keep their commitments and never give up on their dreams.  The students also heard words of encouragement and advice from Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino, who was in attendance.


At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers from Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank and received suggestions on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory dinner.


MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know to start, operate and grow your business.


For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990.  The next Core Four classes will be held during the day, from 9 am to noon starting May 5th.  One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30th from 9am to 10am at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, April 29th from noon to 1pm.  The six-week series will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.


Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8am to 4pm at MEO’s Family Center. Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.

A crowd more than 125 staff, dignitaries and community partners gathered to celebrate the opening of MEO's new transportation facility in Puunene.  In 2007 Alexander and Baldwin donated five aces and MEO purchased another five acres of land at a discounted price. 
This journey took more than 30 years for MEO to find a permanent location for its operations.  CEO Lyn McNeff thanked those who helped make this dream a reality.  McNeff said, "Without the help of those who came before me, the community partners such as A&B, Stacy Otomo Engineering, Maui Architectural Group, Chris Hart and Partners and Goodfellow Bros., as well as the support of our state and county legislators, and our board and staff, this would not have been possible."  She continued to say, "Despite the many obstacles to getting this project completed, it was definitely  worth it when staff expressed their gratitude. 
One staff member had tears in her eyes, telling me that she had been waiting for this day for 26 years."  The next phase of the project includes building an onsite bus wash, installing an emergency generator and seeking proposals for an onsite fueling station as well as securing funding for maintenance facility. 
MEO currently leases space for its maintenance operations paying about $12,000 per month in rent.  McNeff said, "Securing funding to build a maintenance facility on the Puunene property would realize savings over a period of time. This savings could be used for additional services or the money could be used to fund other county priorities." 
For more information, contact Lyn McNeff at 249-2990

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