Iris Matsumoto honored at YWCA Oahu’s 2021 LeaderLuncheon celebration

Sponsored by YWCA Oahu

For more than 40 years, YWCA Oahu has been recognizing extraordinary female leaders. Iris Matsumoto is one of four local women being honored for her leadership and community service at YWCA Oahu’s 2021 LeaderLuncheon.

Matsumoto serves as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for First Hawaiian Bank and is a member of the bank’s Senior Management Committee. In her current role, she is responsible for leading First Hawaiian Bank’s overall human resources strategy and preserving the bank’s unique culture of positive engagement with its more than 2,000 employees, overseeing talent acquisition, building leadership capability, organizational design and cultural development, employee engagement, succession management, compensation and benefits, HR operations and technology and employee relations.

Matsumoto joined First Hawaiian Bank in 1998 as Vice President of Compensation and Benefits where she managed the bank’s general and executive compensation and benefits strategies for employees located within the state of Hawaii, Continental U.S., Guam, and Saipan.

Under her leadership, First Hawaiian Bank was named one of Hawaii Business magazine’s Best Places To Work employer for ten consecutive years. This distinction is based on employee ratings of their workplace culture, including the pride they take in their jobs, the camaraderie they experience with co-workers and the level of trust they feel toward their leaders.

Throughout her 40-year career, Matsumoto has held senior leadership roles in the financial services, airline, retail, diversified agriculture industries for internationally based companies, working extensively across different cultures. She currently serves on the boards of First Hawaiian Foundation and Help, Understanding and Group Support (HUGS).

You too can be a part of the YWCA Oahu LeaderLuncheon! Join Grace Lee during a one-hour special airing June 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. on KGMB.

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Tuxes & Tails virtual event to benefit Hawaiian Humane Society

Sponsored by Hawaiian Humane Society

This year, the Hawaiian Humane Society’s annual Tuxes & Tails benefit is going virtual this year, premiering May 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. on KGMB. Historically an in-person celebration, the local animal welfare organization has reimagined the event and transformed it into a virtual experience that everyone island-wide can enjoy from home. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson spoke with Special Events Manager Christina Morisato to learn more.

An online auction will open on Saturday, May 22 at 6 p.m. where items like dining gift certificates, travel packages, jewelry, fine wine, the chance for your pet’s photo to be featured on a new Hawaiian Humane rescue van and much more, will be available for bidding. This auction will raise critical funds for Hawaiian Humane’s life-changing services.

During the one-hour virtual benefit event, hosted by Hawaii News Now’s Grace Lee and two furry Hawaiian Humane alumni, viewers will enjoy the musical stylings of local talents Henry Kapono, Sistah Robi and Ginny Tiu with Jordan Segundo. The program will also include updates on future plans for the organization and inspiring rescue stories. The broadcast will re-air on Sunday, May 23 and Monday, May 24.

For more information on the Tuxes & Tails Virtual Benefit for the Hawaiian Humane Society presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, visit or contact Christina Morisato at

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Tips and tricks from City Mill to fix your garbage disposal

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A common problem many face in the kitchen is the headache of a jammed or tripped garbage disposal. Along with disrupting your normal kitchen routine, a jammed disposal can lead to nasty sink clogs, bacterial growth, and even burning up the disposal motor — which can later burn a hole in your pocket! HI Now host Kainoa Carlson is with City Mill’s Randy Villaver to talk about some simple tips and tricks that can save you time and cash on professional help.

Before you fix a garbage disposal, you’ll need to determine if it’s stuck, tripped, or a combination of both. If it’s stuck, you’ll hear a low hum. If it’s tripped, you won’t hear anything. Sometimes if you keep trying to turn on a stuck disposal, it will trip as a safety feature.

Before doing anything, you’ll want to locate the switch that powers the disposal unit. It might be located on your wall, but you could also find it under the sink. Also be sure to make sure it’s off! If it was tripped, the disposal switch could still be on even if the disposal is not running. Disconnect the plug under the sink that powers the disposal if it’s wired in. At the main service panel, be sure to turn off the circuit breaker that powers the disposal circuit. Next, you’ll want to find and gently press the reset button located on the bottom of your disposal.

Sometimes all you need is a reset to get the machine back in working order. If that doesn’t work, every garbage disposal should come with a wrench included with purchase, but such a small tool can get lost. If you can’t seem to find it around the house, stop by City Mill!

City Mill carries a wide variety of products to help with all of your household needs! From jobs big to small, you can do them all. And remember, you can find all the products in this segment at all City Mill locations and at

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Foodland 5: Check out this tasty recipe for shrimp and asparagus

Sponsored by Foodland

If you find yourself experiencing some recipe fatigue, look no further! Foodland 5 is an easy way to make mealtime delicious, simple and easy – all without breaking the bank! HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Chef Keoni to demonstrate the Foodland 5 recipe for Shrimp and Asparagus with Chinese Black Beans and Scallions.

Foodland Five provides a new meal idea – with only 5 ingredients – each week. From new takes on classic staples to easy family dinners and more, Foodland chefs and friends will create a new recipe each week. Each of the five ingredients will be offered on sale during the week the recipe is featured.

Shop for the week’s five ingredients, all offered at a special price, follow along with Foodland’s recipe, and you’ll have a delicious meal that your whole family will love!

Visit for more details. You can also follow on Facebook @FoodlandHawaii or on Instagram @Foodlandhi.

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American Floor & Home: Your one-stop shop for whole home remodeling

Sponsored by American Floor & Home

American Carpet One has been in business for nearly 50 years, but throughout the years the business has started to offer so much more than carpet and flooring. HI Now host Kainoa Carlson is with President Daniel Arita to talk about the business’ name change to American Floor & Home and the story behind it.

American Floor & Home is now your one-stop-shop for whole home remodeling — whether it’s for products or products with installation. The company now offers a huge selection of American-made cabinets, imported cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms, windows, window coverings, appliances, and even air sanitizers!

Not only will its staff help you select products, but they also design and install kitchen, bathroom, or any remodeling plans customers have.

The most unique thing about American Floor & Home is its people because it’s an employee-owned company! Arita’s father sold the business to the employees six years ago, which makes the two of them the only employees working for 130 owners.

“Our customers can feel comfortable knowing that everyone they work with in our organization is an owner of the company and will treat them like any owner would,” Arita adds.

For more information:, or on Facebook and Instagram: @americanfloorandhome

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