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$500K for UH Hilo’s First Endowed Chair

$500K for UH Hilo’s First Endowed Chair

David C. Purcell, Jr. Endowed Visiting Chair in History, College of Arts and Sciences

HILO –Practicing Hilo dentist and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa faculty member Patsy Fujimoto is honoring her former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo history professor David Purcell, by establishing an endowment at UH Hilo with a $500,000 gift. The David C. Purcell, Jr. Endowed Visiting Chair in History in the College of Arts and Sciences will enable the department to bring distinguished historians to campus, and increase the amount of expertise in American, Asia/Pacific and European history, as well as in other fields of history.

“Mighty Mo” Admission Free to All Military on Memorial Day

Offer Extends to Reserves, Retirees, Auxiliary, and Dependents

The Battleship Missouri Memorial will honor Armed Forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect America’s freedom by providing free admission to all active-duty, reserve, auxiliary, and retired U.S. military personnel and dependents on Memorial Day.

On Monday, May 26, all that is required for free admission is to present a valid military I.D. at the Ticket and Information Booth at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center or at the entrance to the Battleship Missouri Memorial for those having approved access onto Ford Island.

Saltchuk HI Companies Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaii Petroleum, & Young Bros Give $140,000 to Shidler

Saltchuk HI Companies Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaii Petroleum, & Young Bros Give $140,000 to Shidler

Scholarships support Neighbor Island students in the Distance Learning Executive MBA program.

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has received a scholarship gift of $140,000 from Saltchuk Hawai‘i companies, including Aloha Air Cargo, Maui/Hawaii Petroleum, and Young Brothers , to help Neighbor Island students obtain an MBA. The scholarships will be awarded to students entering the 2014 – 2016 cohort of the Distance Learning Executive MBA program starting this fall, and will be awarded based on community service, merit and financial need. To be eligible, students must work on Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i or Hawai‘i Island and be a State of Hawai‘i resident.

La Pietra Student Receives 2014 National Merit Scholarship

La Pietra Student Receives 2014 National Merit Scholarship

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners – including Angela Assante, a senior at La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the program.

 

The National Merit Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Assante earned a perfect composite score of 36 on her ACT test. Nationally, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT test earns the top score.

 

“We are extremely proud of Angela’s achievements,” said Mahina Hugo, Head of School for La Pietra. “She has blossomed into a confident and driven young woman. We look forward to her embracing challenges of college and pursuing her dreams on a global scale.”

La Pietra Students Express Support for Nigerian Students

La Pietra Students Express Support for Nigerian Students

As part of being an all-girls school and the importance of education, students and faculty at La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls expressed themselves by wearing red for free dress day to bring awareness of the nearly 300 girls abducted in Nigeria.

 

La Pietra is Hawaii’s only non-denominational, fully accredited college preparatory school for girls grades 6 through 12. La Pietra offers an academic and social environment where girls can take risks and develop positive self-confidence. Each year La Pietra graduates young women who know how to think critically, lead confidently, be creative, express curiosity, and competently navigate the rapidly changing world. For more information go to: www.lapietra.edu.

 

Hawai‘i Pacific University is Gifted $125,000 from Bank of Hawaii Foundation

Hawai‘i Pacific University is Gifted $125,000 from Bank of Hawaii Foundation

The revitalization of Aloha Tower Marketplace as a vibrant hub for retail, residential and educational uses, gained its first major corporate supporter, with Bank of Hawaii Foundation donating $125,000 for the Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) Learning Commons.

 

The HPU Learning Commons will be a state-of-the-art learning and technology center that provides students and faculty with a modern space to collaborate, exchange ideas, socialize and learn as a group. Additionally, the space will help enrich Honolulu’s intellectual and cultural scene by providing a home for seminars on arts and culture, as well as think-tank sessions for a broad range of ages and demographics.  

 

Kaiser Permanente Continues Long History of Supporting Polynesian Voyaging Society

Kaiser Permanente Continues Long History of Supporting Polynesian Voyaging Society

Today, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced its donation of more than $70,000 in cash and medical supplies to the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s (PVS) four-year voyage around the world.  PVS’s mission is to perpetuate the skill of traditional Polynesian voyaging and navigating, and educate the community on its values of caring for the land and sea.  The second leg of their worldwide voyage will begin in May 2014 as they depart Oahu for their first international port in Tahiti.

The iconic Hōkūle‘a, a traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe, and its sister Hikianalia will sail the world’s oceans on a four-year journey entitled Mālama Honua.  Over 300 crewmembers are expected to take the trip, visiting 85 ports in over 25 countries.  The voyage began in 2013 with the Mālama Honua sail throughout the Hawaiian islands, connecting with over 20,000 community members.