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Palama Settlement announces new memebers to board of trustees

Palama Settlement announces new memebers to board of trustees

Palama Settlement has announced five new members to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms.

The new members are: Steve Hidano, president of Hidano Construction, Inc.; Wayne Iseri, Chinatown branch manager for First Hawaiian Bank; Peter Kim, president of Yummy Restaurant Group; Valerie Moore, vice president for Pineapple Tweed Public Relations & Marketing; and Gary Wassel, community volunteer.

About Palama Settlement

Palama Settlement, established in 1896, is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency serving the Kalihi and Palama neighborhoods. The organization offers a wide range of educational, recreational, athletic, cultural, social, health and community building programs and services for children, youth, adults and senior citizens. To learn more go to www.palamasettlement.org

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Damien student sings valedictory address

Ethan Dayton

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-

Damien Memorial School's valedictorian Ethan Dayton broke out into song during his valedictory address Sunday.

The private prep-school held their graduation for the class of 2013 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Dayton said he did not want to do one of those "thanks-have-a-great-life-don't-die" speeches, so he decided to take a risk. He pulled out an MP3 player and began to sing a song that exemplified his class' senior year.

Dayton will be attending Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

You can watch him sing part of the speech here.

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Graham Builders this week presented students with two, custom-made stools designed by the students themselves as part of Manoa Elementary School’s stepstool design contest. This unique idea developed by Librarian Imelda Amano engaged 40 sixth graders, and local business Graham Builders hand-crafted the top scoring designs.

Manoa Elementary’s library underwent changes, necessitating the use of upper shelves. Manoa Elementary’s Librarian Imelda Amano used this as an opportunity to engage the students in a stepstool building contest. She consulted with Graham Builders’ President Evan Fujimoto, who gave the students guidelines when developing their design such as a wide base, light weight, easy storage, slots for gripping, simple materials, multifunctional and a school theme. Nearly 40 sixth graders entered, submitting 25 drawings.

Women's Fund of Hawaii accpeting grant applicants

Women's Fund of Hawaii accpeting grant applicants

Women’s Fund of Hawaii (WFH) is accepting proposals for programs serving women and girls in Hawaii. Proposals are being accepted through June 30, 2013. Full grant guidelines, as well as cover sheet and application, are available on website at www.womensfundhawaii.org.

“The well-being of women is critical for all of us and that’s the reason Women’s Fund of Hawaii exists,” notes Beth Whitehead, chair of the WFH board and ASB executive vice president and chief administrative officer.  “We know that when women thrive, families and communities prosper.”

WFH gives grants to a wide range of such programs, particularly those that promote women’s financial security and dignity and girls’ strengths and leadership; programs that build on the gifts, strengths and assets of women and girls and promote their well-being; and organizations that address factors that can stand in the way of women and girls’ success.

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Corporal Rocha honored at State Capitol

Corporal Rocha honored at State Capitol


Over 61 years following his death, a Korean War veteran was honored at the Hawai`i State Capitol.

Corporal Frank Capra Rocha was killed in action on Aug. 10, 1951 and since then was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart. His name was also engraved on the Korean War Memorial on Mar. 27, 2013. Rocha was honored Friday morning in a dedication ceremony at the Korean War Memorial in Honolulu.

“Today, the Republic of Korea is one of America’s most staunchest and most steadfast allies and this friendship – this bond between our people is Corporal Frank Carpa Rocha’s enduring legacy,” Col. David J. Clark, Dir. Dept. of Defense 60th anniversary of the Korean War commemoration committee said.

“The Republic of Korea has risen to dizzying heights from the ashes of destruction of back-to-back wars to become one of the most prosperous nations on the planet and the envy of this world over.”

Sew a Lei for Memorial Day

Sew a Lei for Memorial Day

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(Honolulu, HI) – One of the most eagerly awaited films of the year will have its Canadian Premiere this month at the 23rd Annual InsideOut Film Festival. Directed by Heather Winters, TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro, documents the 12-year journey of legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner Curtis Shaw, and the extraordinary way they met and connected with Angela Whittaker, the woman who would carry their twin sons, Roman and Nyro, into the world. 

"Gay marriage opponents need to come up with a better argument than procreation,” states Child. “Gay people are NOT infertile... we actually can procreate... and our children deserve married parents. End of discussion, America.” 

 “We're just living our lives day by day, and we have the same ups and downs like any other family,” says Shaw. “Love is love.... and love makes a family. This is our story.”