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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

KIA Invitational Golf Tournament

There is one month to go before the KIA Invitational Golf Tournament will hold a fundraiser to support KCAA Muriel Preschool with their keiki playground. Sponsors and golfers will be at the Pearl Country Club on Friday, May 20th for registration for lunch at 11:00am, a shotgun start at 12:00 noon, and a dinner banquet after all golfers have competed the course. A big Mahalo goes to MD Restoration for sponsoring a tent to enhance the golfers experience throughout the day. See the registration form attached to this newsletter to sign-up as a sponsor or have a team.  Deadline is Monday, May 9th.

KIA News

Condolences go out to Kamaka Ukulele Inc. in the loss of their patriarch Sam Kamaka, Jr, who was just three months away from turning 100 years old. The company celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2016 and has been at their current location at 550 South Street since 1959.

Pacific Business News, on a weekly basis, has a wealth of information about Hawaii’s businesses, as well as “The List” that ranks the state’s companies in a variety of categories. In the March 4-10, 2022 issue, they listed the Property Managers, Commercial companies, ranked by rentable square feet directly managed. Mention is being made because there are a number of KIA members who top the list. Congratulations to #1 CBRE Inc., #2 Sofos Realty Corp, #4 Hawaiiana Management Co. Ltd, #5 Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks, and #12 Parallel Capital Partners.

Another article in the Pacific Business News from the March 25-31 issue, said “Kamehameha Schools has selected developers to redevelopers to redevelop two blocks in Our Kakaako, its mixed-use, master planned community located on nine contiguous city blocks between South Street and Ward Avenue in Honolulu” and continued saying (KIA member) Stanford Carr Development LLC will redevelop Kahuina, a 3.66-acre block bordered by Cooke, Auahi, Coral and Pohukaina streets, according to an announcement from the developer. Kahuina is projected to include 859 residential units - with 60% of the units designed as workforce and affordable housing - and 35,000 square feet of commercial space.”

News from JABSOM

For the third time in six years, the U.S. News & World Report has ranked the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi in its top 25 schools when it comes to “Primary Care” as part of its listing for “Best Medical Schools” in the nation. Medical schools’ rankings are determined by peer institutions and a few national metrics in both “Primary Care” and “Research.” This year, JABSOM is ranked 24th in the Primary Care category out of the 124 ranked schools (from a total of approximately 180 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in the U.S.).

On April 5th, many of the Burns Ohana visited JABSOM for the first time by an invitation from Emme Tomimbang Burns, widow of Governor Burns’ son Jim. Emme and Jim were very active in the development of JABSOM, and even attended KIA’s 20th anniversary at the school in 2007. Dean Jerris Hedges and his staff greeted the family, along with Governor David Ige, and were given the grand tour of their namesake. Everyone was impressed with the facility, their staff, and the vision that has come to life from an idea Governor Burns had many years ago.

KIA Networking Event

KIA Networking Event

Wednesday, April 27, 2022



There is no RSPV needed to attend via Zoom, the first KIA Networking Event for 2022 set for Wednesday, April 27th, from 11:30am. The link for this meeting is: All present will be able to introduce themself and their company, with a summary in the May KIA newsletter.