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These island residents or groups recently earned scholarships or academic recognition:
Scholarships and academic honors
The Edward Payson Irwin & Bernice Piilani Irwin Scholarship Trust Fund has awarded 30 Hawaii students college scholarships, totaling $20,350, with preference given to journalism majors. They include: Michael Collio, Dawn Hanson, Jamee Kunichika, Sara Nakasone, Ramona Santiago, and Michele Smith of Moanalua High School; Mae Cheung, and Natalie Perry of Maryknoll; Dominic Castro, Jessica Gilman, and Kyong Mi Kwon of Aiea; Stephanie Ana of Mililani, Ivy Bartholomew of Maui; Lucia Corsi-Clark and Marie Patrice Scott of mainland schools; Tiare Cross of Kalaheo; Derick Dahilig of Baldwin; Chrissy DeLima of Hilo; Christie Egloria of Molokai; Mary Kim of Kailua; Sally Kim of McKinley; Michelle Konn of Hawaiian Mission Academy; Gale Mejia of Waipahu; Sara Nguyen of Roosevelt; Courtney Rice of Leilehua; Cherise Richards of Kamehameha, Tania Shindo of Waiakea; Karen Shishido of Pearl City; Erin Teruya of Punahou; and David Waldman of Kalani.
The Aiea General Hospital Association Scholarship Fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to the following 15 students: Laryn Bardenas of Hawaii Baptist Academy; Willa Tgudan and Kimberly Bolt of Waianae High School; Donna Lyn Corpuz and Monalisa Siofele of Waipahu High; Kealii Lum and Patricia Dugo of Kamehameha; Steve Kawasaki, Gerald Melchor and Katie Estorgio of Pearl City; Grace Gima of McKinley; Welina Kadoto of Nanakuli; Sharon Keaulana of St. Francis; and Melissa Mamasig of Sacred Hearts Academy.
Richard Pascual of Ewa Beach won a visit to the Chicago Board of Trade in July as a winner of the ninth annual Commodity Challenge. He was among a group of 34 high school students chosen from more than 10,000 student nationwide.
Anna Guillermo of Waialua and Sandra Thompson of Ewa Beach have won two out of 40 scholarships awarded by The National Society of Public Accountants Scholarship Foundation. Guillermo was selected the most outstanding student, earning the special designation as the Charles H. Earp Memorial Scholar.
Five Oregon State University pharmacy students from Hawaii have earned nearly $6,000 in scholarships. They are Cynthia Wong of Honolulu; Paige Shimamato of Kapaa; Joni Fukami of Kahului; Audrey Estrada of Lihue; and Teri Matsubara of Pearl City.
The Hawaii Police Athletic Federation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to these 11 students: Maile E. Yamashita of Waipahu; Sonia Helen Sismar, Tanya Leina'ala Naomi Sismar, Carla Ka'iulani Freeman, Darryl M. Freeman, Jr., and Ryan D. Hunt of Honolulu; Kristen M.E. Seo, Honokaa; Sheryl N. Kawamoto and Kayne Takeshi Okahara of Kailua-Kona; and Jon Michael Rapisura and Letitia C. Thomas of Mililani.
Honors recently went to these island residents or groups:
Nathan Oda and Michael Derruau Johnson of Pearl City; Samuel A. Nihipali of Laie; and Michael Y. Fujii and Sheridan D. Y. Wu of Honolulu have been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Michelle Knopf of Moanalua High School has won the grand prize of the 1996 Hawaii Pizza Hut and Hawaii State Public Library System Young Adult Summer Reading program. She won a $1,000 shopping spree at Pearlridge Center. Keith Takishita of Mid-Pacific Institute won the second prize of a $500 shopping spree, and Dollette Kau of Kaiser won a $250 shopping spree.
Bret Ellis, associate professor of information systems, has been named "Teacher of the Year" at Brigham Young University, winning a $1,000 monetary gift donated by the Polynesian Cultural Center. He teaches computer courses and has been at the university for 10 years. "Exceptional Service Awards" and $500 gifts were given to Gayle Nikora, Doyle Walker, Vernice Wineera, Lei Cummings, Lorraine Matagi, Imbert Soren, Joanna Thompson, and Etisone Uiva'a.
Dr. Russell S. Tabata, a Honolulu dentist, has received the Academy of General Dentistry's prestigious mastership award, after completing hundreds of hours of continuing education courses.
Robert L. Perreira of HT&T Company in Hilo was named Hawaii Transportation Association's 1996 Driver of the Year. He has been employed at the company for 30 years and mainly assists with the training of new truck drivers.
Apartment Appearance, Inc. and Oceanic Cable are winners of the 1996 Better Business Holo I Mua Awards, which recognizes companies that exemplify high ethical standards.
Paul De Luz of Paauilo Mauka on the Big Island is the grand prize winner of the Great Parts Plus Wrangler Round-Up Sweepstakes. He received a Jeep Wrangler Sport, valued at $17,000.
Perlita Ancheta of Kailua has been honored with the Circle of Achievement award, given to businesswomen who exceed unit retail production of at least $500,000, at Mary Kay's annual business building seminar in Dallas.
Dr. Scott Hundahl, chief of surgery at Queen's Medical Center, has been elected vice chairman of the National Commission on Cancer for the coming year. The commission represents 37 national professional organizations involved with cancer care in the United States. Hundahl, a surgical oncologist, is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale University School of Medicine. He trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and has practiced here since 1988.
James C. Wo and Constance Black received Distinguished Service Awards at the Healthcare Association of Hawaii's recent annual awards luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Wo is head of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific's board of directors. Black is vice chairwoman of the Queen's Medical Center's board of trustees.
Also recognized for outstanding service to the health-care industry were Toby Clairmont, assistant hospital administrator for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, and Winifred Odo, who recently retired as Med-QUEST Division administrator with the state Department of Human Services.
Wo was cited for guiding the Rehab Hospital in collaboration with other health care organizations to build alliances within the state and with Asian and Pacific Rim nations.
Black for more than 40 years has worked as a volunteer for Queen's, from the lobby information desk to leading the hospital's annual Festival of Trees. She has visited schools to help children understand the roles of health care workers, ease their fears about hospitals and promote healthy lifestyles and habits.
Clairmont, head of the Healthcare Association's Disaster Committee, has led in developing emergency plans to deal disasters, including formation of a paging system that can alert facilities statewide of a potential disaster with one phone call.
Ono, an authority on Medicaid, helped develop the state's integrated Med-QUEST managed care program combining the state's Aid to Families with Dependent Children, General Assistance and State Health Insurance Plan.
Recipients of the Hawaii based University of Phoenix's achievement awards include Robert McIntosh for outstanding business faculty member; Ruth Stewart for outstanding nursing faculty member; and Patricia Kalua and Katharyn Daub for outstanding research project.
Senior citizen volunteers honored by Mayor Jeremy Harris and the city Department of Human Resources: June Lee and Charles T. Ono, arts and crafts; Minette Springer and Kazuo Tomasa, community and intergenerational services; Kanyei Izumigawa and Julia Souza, music and dance; Rose Dias and Yaichi Nakamatsu, nutritional services; Martie Abella and Stanley Morimoto, senior organizations; Marian Lash and Whitney Oyama, service to the frail elders; and Caroline K.Y. Tom and Eddie K. Ah Yat, sports and fitness.
These groups have new officers:
Hawaii Instructional Materials Association: Deborah Collins, president; Mike Rothwell, vice president; Don Morgan, treasurer; Rhonda Ho, correspondcing secretary; Iris Chow, recording secretary; Joyce Gooman, exhibits chairwoman.
Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children: Jana Smith, president; Mai Wong, Deloris Guttman, Monica Ka'auwai, Traci Garma, Charlene Doi, Leilani Steelquist, Bobbie Asato, chapter presidents.
United Filipino Council of Hawaii: Maggie Pasion Domingo, president; Gregory Peros, vice president; Terri Ramos Toledo, secretary; Selberio Menor, treasurer; Rick Nava, auditor; Johnny Ader, Ernest Magaoay, Trini Raval, Andrea Sagisi, Mariano Acoba, Agrifina Cabebe, Rey Custodio, Toni Lambayan, Rick Manayan, board of governors; Fel Baris, Eufrosino Domingo, Daniel Marcos, Romeo Caberto, Leonida Molina, Ernesto Pascua, island council presidents; Oscar Portuga, immediate past president; Josie Jessie Bayudan, executive secretary; Tony Ramil, legal counsel; Rev. Jose J. Lazo, resource person.
Toastmasters International: Dr. Timothy R. Keck, third vice president.
American Legion, Kau Tom Unit No. 11: James C.F. Chong, commander; Marietta C. Eng, first vice commander; Solomon M.L. Kam, second vice president; Thomas. T. Glidden, adjutant; James W. F. Hee, financial officer; Gene B. Teves, chaplain; Albert A.C. Mark, historian; Albert D.C. Chun, Benjamin Y. H. Wong, sergeants-at-arms.
Auxiliary: Josephine L. Keanu, president; Laura M. Hashimoto, first vice president; Frances Au, second vice president; Karen C. Tom, secretary; Betty K.C. Mark, treasurer; Helena W. Tam, chaplain; Gladys C. Lee, historian; June K.M. Lee, sergeant-at-arm.
Grande Cabane De Hawaii: Esther Davids, Angeline S. Mokuau, Betty K.C. Mark, Katherine S. K. Wong, Joan Huber, Rosalie Melenka, Hermina Danielson, Betty K.C. Mark.
Goodwill Industries of Honolulu, Inc.: Gerald K. Tom, director of operations; Janice Nillias Ushijima, director of development.
Hawaii School Public Relations Association: Susan Carberry, president; Andrea Hamilton, vice-president; Bette Rodriguez, secretary; Barbara Traver, treasurer.
Wahiawa General Hospital: Harry Manzoku, vice president of fiscal services.
Hawaii Association of Public Accountants: June Aono, president; Russell Yamada, Cary Honda, Marilyn Niwao, vice presidents; Claudia S. Oshima, secretary; James C.L. Moo, treasurer; Terence B. Enriques, Carole Koike, Thomas Thayer, Brian Iwata, directors; Lynn Nakama, ex-officio; Pauline Becker, district governor; Robert Fukuhara, state director.
Hawaii State Council of the American Institute of Architects: Glenn E. Mason, president; Paul H. W. Louie, vice president; Allen Y. Kajioka, secretary/treasurer; Steven H. Heller, Marie E. Kimmey, Theodore E. Garduque, N. Robert Hale, Eugene E. Leucht, Kurt H. Mitchell, Darrell G. Welch, Jr.
Healthcare Association of Hawaii directors: Gary Kajiwara, chairman; Frances Hallonquist, chairman-elect; Bruce Behnke, secretary/treasurer; Brig. Gen. Warren Todd Jr., military liaison; and Gwen Brownfield, John Farias Jr., Kenneth Finch, Sister Gretchen Gilroy, Fred Horwitz, Anthony Krieg, Sister Alicia Damien Lau, Alice Kim Lew, John Westerman and Herbert Yim, board members.
Kuakini Medical Center medical staff executive committee: Dr. Tad Iwanuma, chief of staff; Dr. Stuart Sugihara, assistant chief of staff; Dr. Mark Kuge, secretary; and Drs. Thomas Au, Owen Kaneshiro, William Morioka and Leslie Ito, at-large members.
Interest earned from a $1 million dollar endowment fund set up by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation will benefit Aloha United Way's 1996 campaign. A total of $63,406 in interest will be used to support services to the elderly, homeless and low income youths-at-risk.
Grants and donations
Wahiawa Elementary School has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the Hawaii Community Foundation Family Literacy Advisory Board and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fund for Family Literacy. The grant will support the school's Book Nook, a family-oriented lending library established to encourage parents and children to read together. An additional $500 was awarded to cover the cost of sending five staff members to the Family Literacy Training Conference.
Maui AIDS Foundation has received a $7,000 grant from the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk for the third year. The walk is a statewide event coordinated by the Hawaii Hotel Association and organized on Maui by the Maui Hotel Association.
The Atherton Family Foundation has awarded the Holy Nativity School on Kalanianaole Highway a $20,000 grant to fund a new art room.
Funding for a statewide computer network for the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children has been provided by the Dorothy and Henry Castle Memorial Fund ($8,000); the Hawaii Community Foundation ($4,000); the Hawaii Community Foundation ($4,000); the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation ($4,000); the Atherton Family Foundation ($3,000); the McInerny Foundation ($2,500); the Junior League of Honolulu, ($1,050); and the National Association for the Education of Young Children ($1,050).
The Hawaii Community Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Ke Kaiaulu O Kaiona of Waianae for participation in the 7th Pacific Festival of Arts in Apia, Western Samoa. The group, from 11 to 18 years of age, is part of a larger delegation that will put on performances of traditional Hawaiian culture.
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council has received grants totaling $25,550 for its two statewide international education programs from Molokai Ranch Foundation, $6,000; BHP Foundation $2,500; and the Robert E. Black Fund, a matching grant up to $10,000; the Atherton Foundation, $5,000; and private donations, $3,525.
The Mental Health Association in Hawaii has received grants from the Hawaii Community Foundation's Frear Eleemosynary Trust ($7,000) and the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Fund ($4,000); the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce's Public Health Fund ($4,000); the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation ($2,000); Carol Kai Charities ($500); and the Servco Foundation ($500).
The Hawaii State Foster Parents Association has been awarded a grant of $57,789 from the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation to expand the Foster Parent Training Project.
The Center for Philippine Studies at the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the University Research Council of the University of Hawaii to conduct a series of lectures on Philippine culture and literature by renowned Filipino scholar and artist, Professor Maria Luisa Aguilar-Carino.
Gordon Biersch Brewery has donated $1,850 to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation from funds raised from its monthly cigar smoker dinners, co-sponsored by Spadaro's Sausage and CD 101.9 Radio.
Ernest Higa, president of Higa Industries Hawaii, Inc. and owner of Domino's Pizza Hawaii, has donated $40,000 to Rell Sunn's Menehune Future Legends to support its charitable work for children.
The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation has awarded $7,500 to Varsity International School to partially fund a project to assist high school seniors earn diplomas.
Hoa 'Aina o Makaha, has received an $8,000 grant from the Cooke Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation to develop a learning center outreach program at its 5-acre farm in Makaha.
Parents and Teachers Together has received a $49,500 grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation-Hawaii Children's Trust Fund to establish a father's program within its Hana Like Home Visitor Program. PACT also received $5,000 from the Atherton Family Foundation to support parenting classes.
The Maui AIDS Foundation has received $1,078 from a fundraiser, "Dee's Dazzling Fantasy Show and Dance," presented by Danita Lum and Evie Chargualaf. V & J Sounds donated its services for the evening at the Hawaiian Homes Community Center in Paukukalo.
Winners at Work, Inc., which provides vocational support to people with disabilities, has received $3,000 from the Gannett Foundation for the Winners' Full Citizenship Services Network.