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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.

Two Aiea Schools Awarded Grants for Solar Projects

Two Aiea Schools Awarded Grants for Solar Projects

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) has awarded two education grants totaling $2,750 for solar energy-related projects at Aiea Elementary and Aiea High Schools.

A $500 grant was awarded to Aiea Elementary School for a grant submitted by fifth grade teachers Christin Lovell and Natascha Berinobis. Fifth grade science students will understand “green engineering” by building a solar oven out of recycled products using renewable energy. This STEM project uses the engineering design process and science concepts to help students understand the potential of solar energy in a relevant application.

Join McDonald's restaurants of Hawaii in supporting Hawaii robotics with egg McMuffin purchase

HONOLULU – McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is asking its customers to support the 7th Annual FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition through the purchase of Egg McMuffin® sandwiches and Egg McMuffin® Extra Value Meals.

The FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition partners engineering professionals with Hawaii students to solve robotics problems in an intense, competitive way. (FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”) Approximately 30 Hawaii teams will take part in the regional competition.

Celebrity judges score local entries in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

 Celebrity judges score local entries in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

The celebrity judges of Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest gathered today to review and score hundreds of entries received by local keiki 15 years old and younger. Local winners, who will be recognized in April 2014, have a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. The Hawaii judging panel includes Department of Education Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Resource Teacher Evan Tottori, Honolulu Museum of Art School Director Vince Hazen, Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin, KHON2’s Kanoe Gibson, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson, and Toyota Hawaii’s Glenn Inouye.