Pacifica: Spotlight on Waterfront Plaza
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Day to Night
Take in a doctor’s or lawyer’s appointment, a haircut, a stop by the bank and later meet friends or family for an evening of after-hours socializing or a quiet, elegant dinner. With ample parking and 24/7 security, Waterfront Plaza smoothly makes the transition from bustling daytime business activity to an evening of food and friendship as one of urban Honolulu’s few successful and sought-after day-to-night venues.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
“Welcome to the United States.” In 2011, 3,444 new citizens, 3,900 interviewees for naturalization and nearly 7,900 people with immigration issues heard these words at the Honolulu USCIS field office. “People come here from throughout the Pacific for immigration information, green card and citizenship interviews,” says Marie Sebrechts, USCIS regional manager – Southwest. Centralized location, accessibility and ample parking are the key reasons the USCIS put its most geographically expansive federal immigration field office in Waterfront Plaza.
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Oahu Publications, Inc. (OPI)
With its flagship publication the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ranked among the top 25 largest U.S. dailies as Honolulu’s only daily newspaper, OPI has become one of Hawaii’s major print media companies since its establishment in 2001. About 85 percent of Oahu adults read its MidWeek weekly or the daily Star-Advertiser. Thanks to the state-of-the-art Roland offset printing press, OPI also publishes three military newspapers, hotel and luxury magazines (including HILuxury Magazine) and diverse specialty products. “We can offer advertisers a full spectrum of custom printing and direct mail services,” says Dave Kennedy, senior vice president of marketing, one of many OPI departments, including editorial, advertising and circulation located in the newly named Honolulu Star Advertiser Tower.
Dr. Jorge G. Camara
One of Hawaii’s 2012 “Best Doctors,” ophthalmologist and classical pianist extraordinaire, Jorge Camara MD has a thriving practice, Camara Eye Clinic, which combines high quality eye care with his unique use of music in the clinic and operating room to optimize his patients’ well-being. His second CD, “Vital Signs,” is now available. Also a humanitarian (he’s a past president of the Aloha Medical Mission) and medical researcher, Dr. Camara believes in combining “the scientific, artistic and spiritual” for his patients to the best of his ability.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Established in 1989, this fine dining steakhouse serves the top 2 percent of the best steaks, served sizzling hot with a sprinkle of Hawaiian sea salt. “We also serve island produce in our salads and side dishes to support the local community,” says Emi Chang Espinda, director of sales and marketing Hawaii. The restaurant’s New Orleans-inspired cuisine also features fresh island seafood. At Ruth’s Chris, family celebrations and business dinners have become kamaaina traditions. “Just follow the sizzle” for a special occasion to dine on escargot, classic Caesar’s salad, potatoes au gratin, rib eye steak and crème brulee, among other classic specialties, at this flagship Honolulu restaurant, the first of five Ruth’s Chris in Hawaii.
As Hawaii’s first NextGen hotspot, this stylish and state-of-the-art lounge invites guests to “Discover Your Alter Ego.” It is Honolulu’s first and only nightspot of its kind, featuring a unique mix of social video gaming, the latest music karaoke and a sophisticated full bar. “Our vision was to bring together young professionals in a place with entertainments that appealed to our generation,” says co-owner Gavin Nomura (with brother Travis). Open seven days a week until 2 a.m., Nocturna attracts the after-work and weekend crowd with its biggest draw – video games – and offers Challenges!!, pitting contestants against its Team Nocturna staff of specialty gamers, says Gavin Nomura. Four private rooms are available for fundraisers, company gatherings and meetings.
For 22 years, Waterfront Plaza has been an anchor site of the Hawaii Food Bank’s annual January-to-April food drive. “Thanks to the efforts of all of our tenants, here at Waterfront, we collected $19,957.35 and 7,048 pounds of food,” says Waterfront General Manager Steve Sullivan of 2012’s successful campaign, which culminated with food, fun and entertainment. “Our large donation site makes it convenient to give and easy to get into the spirit of giving.” And oh yes! Waterfront’s campaign helped the Food Bank reach its goal of providing one million meals to 183,000 Hawaii residents.
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