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New Six-Week Kupa-‘Āina Residential Program Brings Kea‘au High School Students to UH Hilo

New Six-Week Kupa-‘Āina Residential Program Brings  Kea‘au High School Students to UH Hilo

Hawai`i Island - Thanks to an innovative partnership between Kamehameha Schools Extension Educational Services Division, UH Hilo, and the DOE Complex covering Kea`au, Ka`u, and Pahoa, 25 Hawaii Island Kea`au High School students will experience first-hand what studying and living on the UH Hilo campus is like.

Hawaii Theatre to hold auditions for youth acting programs

Hawaii Theatre to hold auditions for youth acting programs

Hawaii Theatre Center will hold auditions on July 21 and August 4 for its 2014-2015 Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble, a pre-professional acting program open to all Oahu high-school students, grades 9-12. The auditions will be held onstage at the Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel Street. Callbacks will be Monday, August 25, also onstage at Hawaii Theatre.

The Theatre also is scheduling interviews for the Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program for teens ages 13-19, and the Junior and Intermediate Ensembles for middle school students, ages 10-12.

For information or to register for an audition date, call HTC Education Director Eden Lee Murray at 791-1397 or email edenleemurray@hawaiitheatre.com

Lum Yip Kee, Limited funds renovation of Shidler Graduate Reading Rooms

Lum Yip Kee, Limited funds renovation of Shidler Graduate Reading Rooms

HONOLULU – With a traditional Hawaiian blessing, the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i unveiled its newly upgraded Lum Yip Kee (LYK) Graduate Reading Rooms to students and faculty last week. Funded by a gift from Lum Yip Kee, Limited, a local investment and real estate company, the rooms received needed electrical work and an updated computer room including new computers, workstations, chairs, carpeting and mobile tables for group work.

Lum Yip Kee, Limited, first established the room in 1976 in honor of Honolulu entrepreneur and banker Lum Yip Kee (1866-1943), who was recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s pioneers in agriculture, merchandising, banking and land development. Since then, the room has gone has through numerous renovations all funded through the generosity of Lum Yip Kee, Limited.

Active Schools Earn Awards in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge

 Active Schools Earn Awards in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge

Thousands of students, families and school staff at more than 64 schools in Hawaii recently participated in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge, competing to win awards to support physical activity and wellness programs at their schools. In Hawaii participants tracked more than 3,063,055 minutes of activity by walking, biking, and surfing, among other activities.

For some students, like third graders Max and Mikey Smith from Kailua, Hawaii, the benefits of being active were felt both inside and outside of the classroom.

“I like Fire Up Your Feet because it is fun to track my exercise and it helped me feel more awake during testing,” Mikey said. “It’s making us stronger and we have a fun time,” added Max.

First Insurance Company of Hawaii invests in Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship initiative

First Insurance Company of Hawaii invests in Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship initiative

HONOLULU — First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i (FICOH), the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer in the state, has given $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business. FICOH’s gift will go towards the 5-year PACE initiative that was launched in February 2014. The goal is to raise $2.5 million to create new programs, grow existing programs, and renovate a new and larger location in the Shidler College of Business.

The new center will enable PACE to create a vibrant co-working space for entrepreneurial activity at the University, double the number of entrepreneurial programs it offers, introduce an entrepreneurial curriculum to other UH Mānoa colleges, train key faculty on current entrepreneurial pedagogy, play a pivotal role in the commercialization of UH technology and innovation, and establish a presence in Asia as a leaders in entrepreneurial education.

Chandler Fellowship in Public Policy or Conflict Studies Nurtures Future Policy Shapers and Peace

Chandler Fellowship in Public Policy or Conflict Studies Nurtures  Future Policy Shapers and Peace

HONOLULU – Dr. Susan Chandler, founding director of the College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Dr. David Chandler, professor emeritus in the College of Social Science, Department of Sociology, have made a $14,000 gift to establish a fellowship in the study of public policy or conflict studies. The fund will support a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree, or Ph.D. in public policy or conflict studies in the departments of Sociology, Political Science, Urban and Regional Planning, Communications or Community Psychology at the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa.

HMSA Foundation Funds Colon Cancer Screening for Native Hawaiian Men, and Healthy Aging Education

HMSA Foundation Funds Colon Cancer Screening for Native Hawaiian Men, and Healthy Aging Education

The HMSA Foundation has awarded $93,300 to support two innovative new UH initiatives that will help improve the quality of life for Hawai‘i’s aging residents, and the health of Native Hawaiian men.

“Keeping Hawai‘i residents in the best health possible is a team effort that requires the combined efforts of individuals, their friends and family members, health care providers, and our community. Part of each person’s responsibility is to proactively do things for themselves and those around them,” said Mark Forman, executive administrator of the HMSA Foundation. “The Colon Cancer Screening program helps Native Hawaiian Men learn how to screen themselves through self-testing. The Healthy Aging Online Videos will give family caregivers much needed information so they can support the efforts of their health care providers. Both of these programs focus on the unique needs of Hawai‘i’s population and will help us work together to achieve a healthier Hawai‘i.”