MC&A’s Fall Festival with Shriners Hospitals for Children 2013

A spirited team of MC&A Associates spread some holiday cheer at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu by hosting a Fall Festival for the patients November 26.

Over 25 patients and their families were amazed to find their everyday Recreation Room transformed into a Fall wonderland filled with lights, leaves and country charm. The children were delighted to have their faces decorated with their favorite characters at the facepainting booth and to win prizes at the many Fall themed games. Arts and crafts stations were set up where the kids were able to create their own suncatchers and quilt squares. A Photo Op area with a Fall theme allowed families to take memorable professional portraits which they placed into frames they decorated themselves at the frame craft. Kids were also able to make their own scarecrow friend that they were able to take back to their rooms.

Colorful sweetened popcorn and other snacks were served as well as a cupcake decorating table where everyone was able to the create their own cupcake turkey. A treat that looked as good as they tasted. Everything was washed down with a refreshing apple cider – the perfect Fall beverage.

Throughtout the event, magician extraordinaire – Alan Arita, walked among the kids and astounded them with his amazing slight-of-hand tricks. The day closed with a spellbinding performance by Alan with a little help from some of the patients and their families.

The heartwarming event was a special gift for both the children and MC&A Associates alike with memories that would last a lifetime.

MC&A Summer Community Service 2013

On August 24, 2013, MC&A, Inc.’s Honolulu office participated in a community service project that was done in conjunction with our annual employee picnic on Oahu.

Partnering with us on this project was Malama Maunalua, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the ocean watershed area that spans from Portlock to Diamond Head on the east and south side of Oahu. This year’s project centered on Pulama Wai (Caring for our Cherished Waters), the focus of which seeks to reduce land based garbage, debris, silt and runoff into our oceans from our neighborhood canals, streams and channels.

Hawaii doesn’t filter or monitor the stream runoff water going into the ocean often allowing harmful chemicals and fertilizers, fine silt that chokes out algae, plastics and other non-biodegradable items to kill our reefs, marine life and plants. Our project this day was to clean the drainage channel located near Koko Head District Park. Spanning roughly 1.5 miles toward the Kuapa Pond, this concrete ditch was literally full of a ton of dirt, palm branches, marsh grasses, plant material and rubbish.

Over 50 MC&A Associates, bolstered by a volunteer force of 15 from Malama Maunalua set into the canal at 9:30am and worked until 11:30 am. The first team, using shovels and picks, broke up and uprooted weeds, plants, debris, grass and branches from the floor of the canal. The next team gathered piles of silt, dirt and runoff for removal by the next team. The cleanup team followed both of these teams and put all the dirt and debris into garbage bags for removal from the canal. In the end we were able to clean roughly 1.25 miles of this 1.5 mile canal.

In the end, when all was put into trash bags and collected, we were able to fill 66 bags full of rubbish, dirt and debris, amounting to roughly 1,650 pounds of debris from the canal. In addition to this, was a mountain of trash that was pulled out of the canal and collected for disposal. On behalf of MC&A Inc. we also donated $1,000 to Malama Maunalua’s director Raye Decoito, which the organization will leverage to also gain roughly $13,000 in governmental grants.

It was really great to see our keiki and employees having a great time with each other. Special thanks to the members of our Employee Activity Committee team for the planning, coordination, sweat equity and going the extra mile to develop this meaningful community service project, and also create the best possible experience for all at the picnic.

Backpacks for Keiki 2013

For the 12th year in a row, the (Prudential) Locations Foundation spearheaded a campaign to give backpacks filled with school supplies to less fortunate keiki in neighborhoods across Oahu. The Locations Foundation reached out to the local business community to support this great cause.

MC&A Inc. heard the call, and are very proud to have participated in this great cause to support our island communities. On July 18th, our fantastic employees pitched in to assemble 72 bags filled with much-needed school supplies. The bags were filled with #2 pencils, pens, composition books, folder paper, glue sticks, crayons, scissor, erasers, rulers and more.

Afterwards, the bags were taken to the Locations Foundation for distribution at the beginning of August to the children when many area schools will be restarting. Foundation employees were amazed at our generosity and amount of support for our island keiki and thanked MC&A Inc. for the tremendous support.

Special Employee Thank Yous:
Cheyne Gallarde (Graphics), Jenn Lucas (Graphics), Jennifer To (Accounting), Susan Shiraki (Accounting), Misty Kauahipaula (FIT), William DeRosa (FIT), Matthew Walker (FIT), Lillian Helton (Operations), Christine Nip (Operations), Lory Klassen (Program Development), Don Takeya (Program Development)

Check out video of the event here.

Sea Salts of Hawaii – The Perfect Gourmet Gift

We are happy to now offer Sea Salts of Hawai‘i’s Gourmet Cooking Salts to our gift and amenity options. A variety of different seasoned salts are available.

The salts are harvested from salt farms in the Hawaiian Islands and from ancient deep sea waters offer the Kona Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i.

Traditionally, Hawaiian sea salt was used in ceremonial blessing of outgoing canoes and to preserve abundant catches. A tradition that carries on today. A gift of salt is considered a symbol of good luck and a blessing.

Some of the unique island salt blends include:
‘Alea- Red ‘Alea clay was traditionally added to Hawaiian sea salt to provide extra nutrition in the diets of the native people. Its fame has spread far from the islands and gourmet chefs use it to flavor the dishes of the world.
Kona – Pure sea-water evaporated by the warm Hawaiian sun, creates a seawater salt 33% lower in sodium than ordinary table salt. The clear and natural taste is prized by chefs of the seven seas and those who enjoy their cooking.
Uahi – Uahi is Hawaiian for the dark black smoke that rises from the coconut shell charcoal. The charcoal gives the alt its distinct color and antitoxin qualities. This black salt makes for a dramatic finish on fish and delicate foods and salads.

Maritz Partners with MC&A to Create an Award-Winning Program


Maritz Travel partnered with MC&A, Inc. on a program for Cisco Systems’ Chairman’s Club that recently won a prestigious Crystal Award for Exceptional Motivational Travel Program from SITE, a global network of meeting, travel and event professionals with over 2,100 members in 87 countries.

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Its Chairman’s Club accomplishes many of their sales-related retention and motivation objectives: motivating and recognizing top sales people, enabling networking, and ensuring winners have exposure to senior leaders.

Cisco engaged Maritz Travel to create a unique motivational experience for the Big Island program that would inspire salespeople to strive for extraordinary business results and recognize them for their hard work and success. Top-performing sales individuals and their guests were invited to attend Chairman’s Club and, along with Cisco Executives, took over the Four Seasons Resort Hualalali, Kona, Hawaii – an ideal venue to offer winners an exclusive experience.

Chairman’s Club had been held in Hawaii for five years and Maritz Travel and Cisco had built strong relationships with MC&A, Inc. Together, a program was created that was filled with the celebration of success for the worldwide sales team and provided a unique experience that winners were able to share with leadership and peers.

Mike Dolan Voted President-Elect of MPI Aloha Chapter

We’d like to congratulate our own Vice President of Sales, Mike Dolan, for being voted as this year’s President-Elect for MPI’s Aloha Chapter.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) the world’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meeting and event industry is committed to positioning meetings and events as a key strategic component of an organizations success.

The Aloha Chapter of MPI, established in 1998, empowers its members to increase their strategic value with education, professional development and business growth opportunities.The Aloha Chapter of MPI (MPIAC), with nearly 100 members was established in 1999 and continues to build a rich, global meeting industry in the Hawaiian Islands. MPIAC delivers value and a high level of member satisfaction by connecting members to networking, educational and industry opportunities for greater success.

Keauhou Beach Resort To Close

As reported in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, it was announced that the Keauhou Beach Resort will be closing.

Kamehameha Schools said today is plans to close the Keauhou Beach Hotel on Hawaii island in October, putting 112 employees out of work.

“Planning is underway to demolish the hotel structure itself in order to create the opportunity for Kamehameha Schools to re-claim and restore a portion of the cultural landscape in Kahaluu ma kai that has been covered or impacted by the hotel and its surrounding structures for decades,” Kamehameha Schools said in a news release.

Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer met with a majority of hotel employees this morning to tell them the news.

Kamehameha Schools said “financial losses at the hotel over the last six years have been substantial.”

The hotel is managed by Outrigger Hotels.

Tour a Pineapple Plantation for a Great Adventure in Maui

The beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii offers a plethora of exciting adventures waiting to be discovered. One is the Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation in the historic town of Hali’imaile, Maui which provides you with a wonderful tour of the plantation grounds.

The Maui Gold Pineapple Company maintains 1,350 acres of harvesting grounds on the slopes of Maui’s national park Haleakala at an elevation of 1,100 feet. The quality of the land at this remarkable location is pertinent to the 18 month grow period of the delicious gold pineapples. The perfect Maui weather provides the current location of the plantation with rewarding fruit during the harvest season.

The pineapple is a simple fruit, and when eaten as a fresh fruit you will enjoy a true pineapple plant that will entice you to travel to Maui again and again. Employees are dedicated to assessing the quality of the pineapples before they are ripe to ensure the best quality possible.

The pineapple plantation gives you the opportunity to learn about how they harvest the fruit while participating in a guided tour that captures the agricultural process of the famous Maui Gold pineapple. The knowledgeable tour guide will inform you about the different stages of the harvesting process, encouraging you to taste the pineapple from each stage of the growing cycle to better understand the sweet history of this succulent and healthy fruit. You will learn about the story of the pineapple, as well as other facts about Hawaii and Maui excursions perfect for a family adventure. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s what he’s there for!

Fleetwood’s on Front Street Opens

The next time you’re on Maui looking from someplace to eat, “You Can Go Your Own Way” or you can make your way to Fleetwood’s on Front Street. One of the newest restaurants on the Magic Isle and started by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame.

The restaurant features four levels and over 16,000 square feet of space. There is a beautiful view of both the ocean and the West Maui Mountains from its rooftop setting, especially at sunset.

Fleetwood’s On Front Street is the only roof-top dining in Lahaina and the views are breathtaking making any event a memorable one. There is a VIP Private Dining room on the Main Dining level perfect for small special events or business meetings.

The menu features dishes by celebrity chef Scott Leibfried, best known for his work hosting and participating in cooking-related competition programs such as Hell’s Kitchen and the Food Network Challenge. The wine list is exceptional and is a perfect match to the elegant cuisine presented. Contact us to add Fleetwood’s to your island dine around.