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UH Foundation Rebranding Earns Two National Awards for Our University, Our Hawai‘i, Our Future

UH Foundation Rebranding Earns Two National Awards for Our University, Our Hawai‘i, Our Future

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation has received two prestigious national awards for the successful implementation of a comprehensive rebranding initiative. The rebranding initiative was spearheaded by a committee comprised of community volunteers and UH Foundation board of trustees and staff. Olomana Loomis, LLC conducted a comprehensive assessment of the Foundation's brand that included research using focus groups, qualitative and quantitative surveys of all constituent groups.  The Foundation then worked with renowned designer Kurt Osaki of Osaki Creative Group to design the new logo, and the UH Foundation team incorporated the new brand into all communication vehicles as well as internally with the staff who ultimately deliver the brand.

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.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School Wins the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School Wins the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School Wins the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

Christianne Will Represent Hawaii at the National Bee in Washington D.C.

After 19 rounds of grueling competition, Christianne Abella, an eighth-grader from Konawaena Middle School took this year’s aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee crown.  Christianne and her chaperone will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in May.  

This is the second time in three years that the winner of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee has been a Konawaena Middle School student.  Christianne is also the first girl to win the state bee in four years, spelling the word “plangency” correctly to win the top prize.

The Island Insurance Foundation donates $15,000 to Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP Hawaii)

The Island Insurance Foundation donates $15,000 to Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP Hawaii)

The Island Insurance Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP) Hawaii in support of KAMP Hawaii’s Life Mentoring Programs.  Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation, presented the $15,000 check to KAMP Hawaii Executive Director Aaron Kamau and current camp participants at a presentation ceremony held at Lincoln Elementary School.

Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP) is a Hawaii-based non-profit organization, that focuses on disadvantaged and at-risk youth in the community.  KAMP Hawaii’s goal is to make a positive impact and make a difference in the lives of the youth of Hawaii by improving the attitudes and learning environment of Hawaii’s youth.

14 Finalists to Compete for the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

14 Finalists to Compete for the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Crown

A total of 92 schools enrolled in this year’s aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee, breaking the previous record-high number of schools who participated last year.  School and district level bees have been completed, leaving 14 finalists to compete this Saturday, March 22 for the state crown, airing live at 7 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.  The winner will represent Hawaii at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Students will be asked to spell words in a round-robin style format until all other contestants have been eliminated and only one remains.  That student must correctly spell one final word to become the champion.  Once contestants start to spell a word, they cannot go back and change their order of spelling.  One round of vocabulary testing has been added this year to help prepare for the national competition.