8 kupuna are honored by the state
Eight kupuna, two from each county, were honored by the State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging and the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs for their voluntary contributions and service. They are Irene Nagao
and Tom Poy
(Hawaii County), Naoko Ho
and Richard Kashiwabara
(Kauai County), Gwendolyn Ewalani Shim
and Gordon Cockett
(Maui County) and Gladys Takamoto
and Norberto Baysa, M.D.
(Honolulu City & County).
First-place winners of the Sew a Lei for Memorial Day poster contest include Rafael Sifuentes of Kapaa Elementary School, Jeong Eun Choi of Stevenson Middle School and Chanel Hebaru of Mililani High School.
Their posters were used to encourage the public to provide leis to decorate graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and other veterans' grave sites.
The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation awarded $85,000 to support a summer program started in 2004 by Windward Community College professors David Krupp and Floyd McCoy to offer 24 high school juniors and seniors opportunities for education and research in environmental science.
The American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, received $5,000 from State Farm Insurance to provide local disaster relief, training and preparedness education.
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