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maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

 Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) recently completed the installation of photovoltaic systems at five Honolulu schools: Gus Webling Elementary, Washington Middle School, Palolo Elementary, King William Lunalilo Elementary and Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary. Each of these Department of Education schools is estimated to save $600,000 to $700,000 over the 20-year life of the system.

 

“As more and more schools rely on solar energy for power, the energy conservation and cost savings will continue to have a large impact on DOE and State budgets,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS. “We have now 16 Oahu schools with PV systems, and 15 Kauai schools are in the process of installation and should be complete this summer.”

 

Hawaiian music master Ernie Cruz jr. brings soulful vocals and guitar work to ‘Kanikapila in Kailua

KAILUA – Ernie Cruz Jr., Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys, will take the stage on Saturday, April 19, to continue the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation’s popular free monthly “Kanikapila In Kailua” Hawaiian music series.

“We are so lucky to have great Hawaiian music talents like Ernie Cruz Jr. perform at ‘Kanikapila in Kailua,’ the Windward side’s showcase series of free Island entertainment,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation president and CEO. “Following Ernie Cruz Jr., in May and June, will be slack key virtuoso Makana and Kawika Kahiapo, another Hōkū Award winner.”

Kaiser High Foundation to Honor Olympic Champion Clay Stanley, UH Golf Coach Lori Castillo, May 10

Kaiser High Foundation to Honor Olympic Champion Clay Stanley, UH Golf Coach Lori Castillo, May 10

The Kaiser High School Athletic Foundation is honoring an eminent collection of the school’s sports legacy ohana with a special luau on Saturday, May 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at Sea Life Park. 

This year’s honorees feature Olympic gold medalist Clay Stanley; former USGA champion golfer Lori Castillo; Kaiser baseball program founder Clayton Fujie; former Chief of Police Lee Donohue, and; members of the 1972 junior varsity basketball team, winner of the school’s first championship (see below). 

System of Higher Education Receives Funding to Accelerate Strategic Student Success Planning Project

System of Higher Education Receives Funding to Accelerate Strategic Student Success Planning Project

The University of Hawai’i System of Higher Education has been selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to join a nationwide group of 12 higher education systems exploring higher education transformation at a large scale and solving common issues encountered during implementation.  

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation announces new board members

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation announces new board members

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation (REHAB Foundation) has announced two new members, Adelia C. Chung and Kara M. Kitazaki-Chun, to its board of directors for three-year terms.

Chung is co-owner of Spectrum Wealth Management, a Chartered Life underwriter and Chartered Financial consultant. For the past 30 years she has held leadership roles in the financial industry. Chung is the president of the Alana Dung Research Foundation and on the Board of Governors for Chaminade University and was recognized as one of YWCA’s outstanding women leaders.

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii donates more than $45,000 to Hawaii robotics teams

 McDonald’s  restaurants of Hawaii donates more than $45,000 to Hawaii robotics teams

HONOLULU – McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is donating more than $45,000 to the Hawaii robotics teams at this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition. McDonald’s owner-operators presented a check on Saturday during the competition’s opening ceremony for $40,666, which will be divided among the 29 competing Hawaii robotics teams. An additional $1,000 will be given to each of the five Hawaii schools (Waialua High School, McKinley High School, Kamehameha Schools, Maui High School and Kealakehe High School) moving on to the world championship in St. Louis, Mo., in April.