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Mahalo and Aloha!

Well, after nearly 6 1/2 years, this may be the last issue of Kitagawa Motors' Island Honda eNewsletter, depending on whether or not our dealership sale is complete before the next issue! We hope you have enjoyed reading the newsletter as much as we have enjoyed sharing it, and we want you to know that it will continue on with our friends from Lithia Motors, who we have been working together with to complete our dealership sale.  Our trade name, Island Honda, will also continue on.  Since 1975, we have had the extreme good fortune of representing the Honda brand on Maui, selling and servicing vehicles we could be extremely proud of.  We have tried our very best to be, like American Honda, "a company that society wants to exist."   We could not have asked for a better group of employees, many of whom have been with us for over 30 and 40 years.  And we certainly could not have asked for more loyal or caring customers.  You all have made it possible for our dealership and us to get through the difficult times and to prosper in the good times.  Any success we have enjoyed has been because of you.  Although we have not quite crossed the finish line yet, we welcome our soon-to-be successors, and trust that they will continue to work for the good of our employees, our customers and our island community. 
With Love, Gratitude & Aloha,
Anne, Roy, Ginny, John, Pam and family

Vehicle Comparison: 2014 Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla
Civic continues to offer more

Photo: 2014 Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla
Although the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla both compete in the compact car segment, they’re distinctly different. The Civic, on sale here at Island Honda in Kahului, Hawaii, gives drivers more standard equipment, more power and better safety than the Corolla.

Vehicle Profile: 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
The very best of what the Odyssey has to offer

Photo: 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
With its performance, safety and family functionality, the Honda Odyssey is widely considered to be the best minivan available on the market today. The Touring Elite, available here at Island Honda in Kahului, Hawaii, is the top trim in the Odyssey family, and it offers the most comprehensive list of luxury features and cutting edge technology.

Five Health Benefits of Tea
Green and black tea pack more punch than herbals

Before you reach for that morning coffee, consider drinking a warm cup of tea instead. While the Chinese have regarded the steeped elixir for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years, today’s research suggests black and green teas offer the most health benefits, perhaps because they derive from the same plant. Consider these five health benefits of green and black tea.

Quote of the Day:

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Recipe Corner: Mandarin Orange Bars

Recipe and Photo Credits:
Crust ingredients:
¾ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ cups flour
½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
Filling ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) tub cool whip
Topping ingredients:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water
1 (6 oz.) orange Jello
2 cups hot water
1 pint orange sherbert
2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained
Crust instructions:
Cream together butter and brown sugar, then add flour and nuts. Gently mix until ingredients form a dough like consistency. Spread into a 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Filling instructions:
Cream the cream cheese until soft and then add sugar and mix well. Next, fold in cool whip and spread over cooled crust. Chill for half an hour.
Topping instructions:
Dissolve package of unflavored gelatin in ¼ cup cold water and set aside. In a large bowl, dissolve jello with 2 cups of hot water, add the softened gelatin and remaining ¾ cup cold water. Stir in sherbet and mix until dissolved. Fold in mandarin oranges, pour mixture over cream cheese filling and chill until set, a couple of hours.

You Deserve It!

Start the year off with hope in your heart and a brand new Honda!  Make 2014 your best year ever!

Believe It or Not, We're Almost There!

Due to some 11th-hour twists 'n turns, the transition over to Island Honda's intended new owners, Lithia Motors, has been pushed back a little bit, but we're closer than ever!  Please bear with us as new cabling, phone and computer systems are being installed; we know that some of you have been experiencing difficulty getting through to various departments and personnel.  We truly appreciate your patience,,, it's been a little hectic and discombobulating around here, for sure!

Keeping Your Car Clean and Protected in Winter
Tips for protecting your car and keeping it looking good

Photo: Keeping Your Car Clean and Protected in Winter
Winter is here, the time of year when road conditions are often less than ideal and keeping your vehicle’s exterior clean can be even more of a challenge, and even more important. Whether you live in a warm, cold or seasonal climate, keeping your car’s exterior clean and protected is the best way to keep the vehicle looking great for many years to come.

Inspiring YouTube Video: The Most Nervous X Factor Audition

Trembling with nervousness, this wonderful young man uses sheer determination and a love for his "nan," to give a performance he can be proud of for the rest of his life.  You just gotta love 'um!


Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Everyone's favorite sandwich has grown up

Ask any kid what their favorite sandwich is and most will say "grilled cheese," preferably using processed American cheese. Fortunately for everyone over the age of 10, this kid's style sandwich can be elevated with recipe ideas to please any gourmet palate.

Stretching After Workouts: Is It Necessary?
How to decide if you should stretch when you exercise

Ever since you took your first gym class, you've probably associated stretching with exercise — and you might feel guilty if you skip stretching after hitting the gym. Good news, though: Long-standing research suggests that the benefits of stretching are inconclusive at best, so consider stretching optional.

Grow an Indoor Herb Garden
Enjoy fresh herbs year-round

Nothing revs up a recipe more than some fresh herbs. If you're lucky enough, you have a lush herb garden in your yard, just steps from your door, to harvest and use in your everyday cooking. But what happens when cold weather or winter sets in and you no longer have that outdoor herb smorgasbord to use? An indoor herb garden is the answer.

Natural Beauty Products
What ingredients lie beneath the surface of your beauty products?

While most people agree the foods you eat have a direct impact on the health of your body, fewer people are aware of the toxins and chemicals that enter their bodies through beauty products. The lotions, creams, makeup products, and astringents you put on your face and body do not just stay on the top of the skin. As a porous layer, anything applied to the skin seeps through and enters the body. More and more women are becoming aware of the ingredients in their beauty products and are on the lookout for products that are safe, healthy and natural. If you are thinking of making a switch to more natural beauty products, consider the following.

Teaching Kids Financial Wisdom
Prepare your kids for the future by teaching them to be money-smart today

Financial difficulties can happen to anyone, but adults who were taught about money at a young age may be better equipped to avoid some common missteps. Instead of lecturing your kids about the value of money, look for ways to get them involved with fun activities.

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