Taking Notice
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Thursday, July 11, 1996

[Scholarships & Academic Honors]
[Officers Named] [Grants & Donations]

NUMBER 1: First prize of $1,000 in GTE Hawaiian Tel's telephone
book collecting contest goes to T.J. Ho, left, Christina Korodan,
Mark Masuno, Chelsea Korodan and Ryan Masuno of Waimalu School.

Photo by Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin

Scholarships & academic honors

These island residents or groups recently earned scholarships or academic recognition:

Lindsay Oishi of Kawananakoa Intermediate is the winner of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii's 16th annual essay contest. Other winners from the same school were Kimberlee Low, second place winner, and Nanci Lee, who tied for third place with Kari Itamura of Highlands Intermediate.

Wincha Helen Chong and Aeng Chuly Chong of Honolulu are the recipients of the Chun Hoon Scholarship, awarded to undergraduates from Hawaii and the Pacific Basin, to Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Lavai'ina Alapai, a 1992 graduate of Aiea High School, was the director of the Salisbury State University Theatre production of Tom Griffin's "The Boys Next Door."

Gov. Ben Cayetano is the recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges' 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award. He attended Harbor Junior College in San Pedro, Calif., in 1965, then went on to graduate from UCLA and Loyola Law School.

The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council has honored these students for their outstanding achievements: Kimberly Bernardino of Waianae High School and Yen Luu of Maui High School, winners of the $1,000 Edwin F. Black Memorial Scholarship, and Jennifer Kelleher of Waianae High School, recipient of the $100 Eddie Tangen Award.

Earl Britos, Ben Henry, Leighton Kaonohi and George Sanqui of Damien High School took first place as "Team Nirvana" in the egg dropping contest at the University of Hawaii Annual Engineering Fair. Grant Lee, Lawton Mak and Raymond Salazar, another group of Damien seniors, finished fourth, and Jay Balasbas and Zach Tong placed third in the pendulum swing.

Hawaii Community Foundation has been named a Gold Award winner for excellence in communications by the 1996 Wilmer Shields Awards Program, the second year in a row.

Michael Chauvin, an astronomy historian from Hawaii, has been awarded a research grant that will take him to England this summer to pursue the story of a 19th-century expedition of British astronomers who came to Hawaii during the reign of King Kalakaua. This is his second NASA-American Astronomical society award in three years.

Primo D. Castro Jr. has been recognized as Heald Business College's 1996 outstanding instructor. He joined Heald less than a year ago and has been instrumental in the success of the college's new electronics technology program.

Recipients of the Excellence in Business Teaching Awards were Lydia Kinoshita of Sacred Hearts Academy, Sandra Ballina of Roosevelt High, Russell Chan of Damien Memorial High and Hazel Toyama of Waiakea High.

Daniel E. Daniels of Makiki has been named to the college's 1996 Alumni Hall of Fame for his work in the financial aid department.

Heald Business College has awarded 20 scholarships valued at more than $80,000 to high school seniors. Seven have received one-year, full tuition scholarships worth more than $8,400 each to attend Heald's Honolulu campus. They include Janelle Davis of Radford, Tamara Foster of Kaiser, Summer Jensen of Honokaa, Jane Ladines of Campbell, Dorothy Lorenzo of Maui, Justin Lum of Castle and Arlene Purisima of Waimea.

Thirteen scholarships worth more than $2,000 each have been awarded to Andrew Balidio and Liona Spencer of Waipahu, Tiffany Barayuga of Radford, Chastity Baro of Mililani, Steven Burley Jr. of Kaiser, Norine Cabreros and Arleen Dalere of Waiakea, Matt Fujimoto and Joanna Santos of Castle, Liann Huddy of Kapaa, Elizabeth Jacinto of Waimea, Kimberly Lani of Molokai and Denenapha Laoinh of Farrington High School.

Hawaii Pacific University has awarded scholarships to Lisa Corpus, who has received the 1996 Marley Irons Memorial Scholarship; Karen Lise Jensen, the $1,000 1996 Amway Scholarship, and David Raymond, the $500 Chun and Julia Afong Award in Liberal Arts.

Toya McCoy, a Radford High School senior, has won the Afro-American Lawyers Association's Paela Boyd Essay Contest for her essay, "Historical Needs and Benefits of Affirmative Action."

Madeline Sagadraca and Hau Duc Huynh of Kalakaua Intermediate School have been named United States National Award winners and will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Collegiate Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Recipients of the Hawaii Vocational Association's $500 scholarships are Elaine Lorenzo of Hawaii Community College, Kuuipo Curry of Kapaa High School and Sabrina Quimino of Waianae High School.

Other awardees included Jorilei Castaneda of Hilo High, Maricelle Corpuz of Farrington High, America St. Thomas of Kapiolani Community College, Pearl Tanaka of Leeward Community College, Darryl Matsuoka of Maui Community College, George Watanabe of Waialua High, Lori Yonemori and Joan Matsukawa of Kapiolani Community College, Waialua High and Intermediate School's Partnership's in Education, Kapiolani Community's Food Service and Hospitality Program and Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

Pamela Shim of Iolani School has been named elementary Economics Teacher of the Year by the Hawaii Council on Economic Education. David Bostick of Kamehameha Schools won the award for secondary schools.

Each received $750 from Hawaii Pacific University.

Recipients of the $500 Portuguese Pioneer Civic Association Scholarship Awards include Herman Perreira III, Felicia Morales, Jennifer Billand, Shelly Nobriga, Scott Grilho, Todd C. Maria, Ka'ohele J. Carlos, Jose Carlos Arteiro and Kelvin McKeague of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Other winners include Sherron De Costa of Windward and Kapiolani Community Colleges; Deborah Perreira of Castle High; Anne-Marie Rohr of Kalani High; Melissa Ann Teves of Kailua High; Rene Nakamoto of Chaminade; Allicia E.M. Lopes of Maryknoll High; and Fernando Pacheco of Pearl City High.

Ariel Gold of Hilo High School and Gail Undan of Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach were honored as Hawaii's top youth volunteers with the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington D.C. The award is given to two honorees from each state and is co-sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Diane Kawashima of Radford High School and Shelley Ota of Leeward Community College were honored as secondary and post-secondary Teachers of the Year by the Hawaii Business Education Association. Other award winners include Wiliam G. Neal of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Robert Ho of Glenco and South-Western Publishing Companies; Dave Hamil of Kinko's Copies; and Jean Hara of Leeward Community College.

Renee Adams of Kalama Intermediate School and Norman Chock of Waianae High were presented the first annual "Exemplary History Teaching Awards" by the Hawaii Committee for the Humanities. They received recognition for their longtime support of Hawaii History Day and for inspiring their students.

Nona Beamer has been honored with the 1996 Alfred Preis award by the Hawaii Alliance for Arts Education for her lifetime teaching, writing and performance of hula and Hawaiian chant and traditions. She is the 15th recipient of the award, named for the late executive director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and founder of the Hawaii Alliance.

Winners of the Hawaii Dietetics Association awards include recipients of the Carey D. Miller scholarships, totaling $19,500: Laura Belorgey, Iris Biernacke, Carolyn Chan, Alton DeGama, Joda Derrickson, Jian Han, Sherill Hondo, Sayuri Itahashi, Amy Ishizaki, Keanani Lee, Keiko Murakami, Kathy Mikami, Darin Okuda, Natalie Petti, Cynthia Pouncey, Kendis Teho, Brenda Trujillo, Lee-Ann Tsuzaki, Rachael Visser, Frances Yuan and Pauleen Yoshimoto.

Rachel Visser received the $300 Elsie M. Boatman Award and Jeffrey Kurosaki, the $100 science award.

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has awarded its highest honors with $5,000 individual artist fellowships to Peter-Rockford U. Espiritu, Cheryl E. Flaharty and Eva Lee for dance; Renee Iijima, Anne K. Landgraf and Franco Salmoiraghi for photography and Victoria N. Kneubuhl for theater. Each artist is required to hold an exhibition or give a performance for the benefit of Hawaii residents.

Recipients of the Hawaii Preparatory Academy's spring sports awards include Sean Usibelli, Willie Cannon, Kristian Sanchez, Tanva Mahitivanichcha, Chris Gregory, Tomo Yamaguchi, Brett Whittemore, Melissa Weisner, Liana Dawson, Mari Matsumoto, Nima Aflatooni, Jason Fujimoto, Roy Hall, Kris Hynes, Shea Joachim, John Buscher, Devin Mitani, Lu Anderson, Kaui Wilcox, Katie Clarkson, Elena Cabatu, Kaili Chapman, Sarah Morelock, Shea Dahlberg, Sean Giffin, Billy Prince and Michael Stewart.

Winners of the Kaha Ki'i Congressional Art Competition from Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, whose work was sent to Honolulu for statewide finals competition, include the following:

MAUI: Lanakila Kelliher, Joshua Parilla, Rachael Ray Kimmel, Luthgard Rayos, Hoapili Dukelow, Hee-Jung Choi, Alwin Corpuz, Gaylene Ku'uleinani Au Hoon, and Alisha Fernandez of Baldwin High; and Jay Bacay, Matt Holton, Stephen Lee and Keali'ikai Nikaido of Maui High School.

HAWAII: Janelle Kuroda of Waiakea High; John Butler, Franelina Lahip and Davin Padilla of Hilo High; Julia Criswell of Makua Lani Christian School; Artland Kealoha of Waiakea High; and Debbie Uyeda of Hilo High; Frederick Raras of Pahoa High; and Adelaida Barrientos Navalta of Laupahoehoe.

KAUAI:Jackson Seeley and David Farrow of Waimea High; Paulo Preitauer and Jasmine Fears of Kapaa High; Angela Texeira, Warren Daubert, Alec Schwarz, Chad Shishido and Marc Fabian of Kauai High.

Arthur I. Kimura, an aerospace education teacher for the Department of Education, has been inducted into the Crown Circle for Aerospace Education Leadership by the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol during the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education in Little Rock, Ark. Each year Kimura takes several hundred students to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. The Crown Circle is the Congresses' highest award and one of the most prestigious honors bestowed in the field.

Winners of the 4th Annual Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarship Awards include:

CATHOLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT: Jane R. Choe, Marvin T. Kawabata, Jason F. Knight, Mary Nguyen, Sherman L. Peros, Gary P. Quiming, Bronson W. Shelton.

CENTRAL OAHU DISTRICT, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Rogelda U. Casem, Lana K. Hirai, Christopher M. Hodge, Emmie H. Saigusa, Iris M. Tashiro, Angela A. Tokuda.

HAWAII ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: Emma R. Brooks, Elena M. Cabatu, Jeffrey H. Chung, Troy J. Lee, Kelly M. Lum, Staci A. Nakayama, Deanne M. Nakamoto, Jill R. Oshiro, Peter Puhala, Kahealani K. Rivera, Doris H.S. Wong.

HAWAII DISTRICT, DOE: Barian T. Buyuan, Selena N. Dakujaku, Malia K. Lau Kong, Sachi K. Miyashiro, Paula A. Rivera, Julie A. Sumiki, Lee S. Yamane, Jocelyn Zuniga.

HONOLULU DISTRICT, DOE: Aileen R. Cabanada, Jo Ann J.Y. Chang, Katie S. Gilligan, Elma E. Kim, Hannah S. Okamura, Cynthia S. Y. Pyun.

KAUAI DISTRICT, DOE: Gerry N. Bernabe, Kimberly Y. Sueoka, Matthew M. Denny.

LEEWARD OAHU DISTRICT, DOE: Lee Parveen A. Arce, Evely E. Elbert, Mandy K. Ikeda, Mildred M. Longboy, Christina L. Lukach.

MAUI DISTRICT, DOE: Judith Agapay, Consuelo Agarpao, Ryan Agena, Ryan Anderson-Teshima, Koali Blumer-Buell, Julienne Nakamura.

WINDWARD DISTRICT, DOE: Tyson T. Gushiken, Jesse D. Palmer, Alisan F. Speed, Melissa Ann Teves.

Jeris Amazaki of Aiea High School won a two-week free trip to Japan to participate in an educational and cultural exchange summer program after competing in an international essay contest sponsored by the America-Japan Society, Inc. in Tokyo. He represents the Hawaii branch of the society.

Melissa Kido of Mililani, a senior chemistry major at Carleton College in Minnesota, was one of 1,900 undergraduates who presented research at the 10th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Honors earned

Honors recently went to these island residents or groups:

Jonathan W. Phillips of Mililani, Travis Jason (T.J.) Hong of Kaneohe, and Robert DeVon Keoni Flores of Laie have been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Lyden Siding & Roofing of Pearl City was honored by Sears with the ''Most Improved'' and ''Partners in Progress'' awards. The company was one of eight authorized contractors across the nation that won honors based on customer satisfaction.

Manabu Tagomori, manager and chief engineer for the state's Division of Water and Land Resources, was honored as one of the 1996 Top Ten Public Works Leaders in North America by the American Public Works Association.

$1,000 winners of the GTE Hawaiian Tel book collecting contest include T.J. Ho, Marc Masuno, Ryan Masuno, Christina Korodan and Chelsea Korodan of Waimalu School. Seventy-seven schools collected 550,000 phone books for re-cycling.

Jennifer M. Pearson of Kailua is the winner of the Miss Junior America/City queen of East Kailua contest.

Winners of the 1995-96 Historic Preservation Honor Awards include Friends for Ewa, Ewa Villages Nonprofit Development Corp., City and County of Honolulu, C/C Dept. of Housing & Community Development, Ewa Plantation Villages Revitalization Project; Associates Four, Rudy Leikaimana Mitchell, Waimea Valley, Home of Waimea Falls Park; Kaumakani United Methodist Church Congregation, Timothy Tovar DeLa Vega, Kaumakani United Methodist Church (Kauai); Josephine and Wendell Nunes, Yamase Building (Kauai); Waimea Foreign Church Congregation, Spencer Mason Architects, R.S. Weir Construction, Waimea Foreign Church (Kauai); PBR Hawaii, Inc., Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, Use Plan for the Island of Kahoolawe (Maui County); Lyman House Memorial Museum Staff, Lyman House Museum Walking Tour Video (Hawaii); Kona Historical Society, Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour; City and County of Honolulu, Kakaulike Revitalization Ewa Block (Oahu).

Mildred Ramsey and Esther Mookini, both 67, are Hawaii winners and national semifinalists in the Colonel's Way Award, a national program honoring senior citizens who make significant contributions to their community. Ramsey develops cost-effective programs designed to keep the elderly out of nursing homes. Mookini contributes her legal knowledge and ability of the Judiciary History Center in Hawaii.

Mike Gabbard and Leon Siu of Oahu were honored by the Washington Times Foundation with its national service award for their work in promoting the integrity of the family. Gabbard was honored for his work as co-chairman of the Alliance for Traditional Marriage, and Siu, a recording and television star, for promoting the culture of Hawaii and a positive self-image in children.

Gail Undan of Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach is one of 104 youths across America who have won the Prudential Spirit of Community award, consisting of a silver medallion and $1,000.

She is the president of her 800-member class, and planned a special fund-raiser for the Aloha United Way.

Ingrid Shaw has been named Aston Hotels & Resorts' 1995 General Manager of the Year.

The Girl Scout Council of Hawaii recently recognized individuals and community organizations for their work in 1995. They include Jim and Patricia Duff, Joey Estrella, Matthew Gogan, Honokaa Fire Department, T. Kaneshiro Store, Maemae Elementary, Karl P. Plotrowski, Rotary Club of Maui, U.S. Army Pacific 25th Infantry Division, Ewa No Ka Oi Service Unit, Hickam Service Unit, Kaahumanu Service Unit, Kaneohe Service Unit and Pearl Harbor Service Unit, Sheila Nickerson, Joann Conrad, Darlene Diniega, Lyn Holloway, Monica Lese, Theresa Martinsen, Patrick Reilly, Diane Robinson, Rosemary Schatziein, Derinda Thatcher, Monica Thomas, Pam Thornton, Lauren Young, Anne Fuller, David Houle, Lois Keener, Iris Kikuchi, Lenora Lorenzo, Rai Saint Chu, Joe and Kitty O'Reilly, Pearl and Gordon Wong, Katie Choy, Marilyn Darr, Cheryl Gallagher, Lori Gress, Kimberly Gogan, Marilyn Kali, Trudy Schandler-Wong and May Ver.

Katie Anglin is the recipient of the Francis E. Clark Award for 1995 for excellence in 30 years of counseling at Ala Wai Elementary School and for leadership in the Hawaii School Counselors Association.

Burger King parent company Hawaii Cimm's Inc. has recognized nine female employees with certificates of merit in conjunction with the YWCA's recognition of women in the work force. Working their way up as crew members, the following women now hold administrative positions: Mila Dela Cruz, Mary Fong, Hae Yun Magsanoc, JoAnn Nakamura, Ermy Pacpaco, Jessyca Ramones, Lisa Rehbach, Candace Tawara and Denise Yamauchi.

Logan F. Young has been appointed grand jury counsel for the First Judicial Circuit (Oahu) for one year, effective April 24. Previously, he was a staff attorney for the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and a deputy public defender.

Katie Anglin is the recipient of the Francis E. Clark Award for 1995 for excellence in 30 years of counseling at Ala Wai Elementary School and for leadership in the Hawaii School Counselors Association.

Burger King parent company Hawaii Cimm's Inc. has recognized nine female employees with certificates of merit in conjunction with the YWCA's recognition of women in the workforce. Working their way up as crew members, the following women now hold administrative positions: Mila Dela Cruz, Mary Fong, Hae Yun Magsanoc, JoAnn Nakamura, Ermy Pacpaco, Jessyca Ramones, Lisa Rehbach, Candace Tawara and Denise Yamauchi.

LaVerne Bessert of Kapaa, Kauai has been named volunteer of the year by the American Lung Association of Hawaii. She is president and principal broker of Maile Properties of Kauai/Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

The Country Dream Dancers of Hawaii have won the North Bay Invitational dance competition in Santa Rosa. Their choreographer is Susan Boots Groeschel.

Lt. Col. Hedie D.K. Wilson, cadet commander of the Moanalua Cadet CAP Squadron and a senior at Moanalua High School, has won the Gold Medal of Valor, the highest medal of honor from the Air Force Junior ROTC program. She received the medal for saving another cadet from drowning and assisting two others from dangerous high surf last year. Wilson was previously recognized with a silver medal in 1994 for saving another cadet from falling rock.

Jainnie Theresa Cox, a University of Hawaii graduate, took first place in a ceramics competition sponsored by the Honolulu Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She won an all-expense paid trip to St. Louis Missouri.

Winners of the American Society of Interior Designers, Hawaii Chapter's 1996 design awards include Jim Motonaga, Mitsy Kim, Linda Y. Ueda, Melissa Lum, Patti Lindberg, Judith Pieklo, Faredah Ward, Gary Batcheller, Denise Fiddler and Mark Masuoka. Award winning companies were TEMARI, Center for Asian and Pacific Arts; Waipahu Cultural Garden Park, Hawaii's Plantation Village; and the School of Architeture, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Stella Krumova of Hawaii Pacific University has won its $500 Abraham Fayerweather Award in Business.

Officers named

These groups have new officers:

Kuakini Medical Center Board of Directors: Franklin Kudo, chairman; Dr. Izumi Kobashigawa, vice chairman; Margaret Oda, secretary, and George Ichikawa, treasurer.

Rainbow Chapter 483, Military Order of the Purple Heart: Bob Freitas, commander; Clarence Iona Jr., senior vice commander; Donald M. Cook, junior vice commander; Charles H. Turner, finance officer; Leonard Kling, judge advocate; Alfred Gonsalves, sergeant at arms; Robert K.C.Young, Tom Tanaka and Ken Komoto, trustees. Freitas was re-elected to his third consecutive term.

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association, board of directors: Michael Troy, president; Kehau Baijo, first vice president; Ava Matchen, second vice president; Richard Evans, treasurer; Betty Ozaki, immediate past president, and Philip Richardson and Charlian Wright.

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., board of directors: Dr. Michael Chun, Louis Kau Jr., Francis Keala, Melodie McKenzie and Judge Ambrose Rosehill.

The Hawaii Society for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations, board of directors: Duke Gonzales, president; Janet Smith, vice president; Angie Wyss, secretary-treasurer, and Norise Doyle and Maggie Jarrett, at-large members.

Grants and donations

The Junior League of Honolulu has donated a $1,000 grant to Hawaii Kids At Work for environment enrichment of its downtown infant-toddler care center.

Liberty House has donated $13,000 to the Hawaii-based Life Foundation to provide HIV and AIDS services and education for the community. Liberty House raised $3,000 through its Top Cream Fashion show, and $10,000 through the sale of lipstick in partnership with Make-up Art Cosmetics.

The HEI Charitable Foundation, on behalf of Hawaiian Electric Co., has awarded Angel Network Charities, Inc. of Aina Haina, a grant of $2,500 to shelter a family currently living on Makua Beach. The charity is a shelter program for homeless families.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has donated $55,000 in matching funds to Child & Family Service, which serves at-risk and impoverished communities in leeward and central Oahu.

The Atherton Family Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Hawaii Kids At Work to support its Hawaii Kids At School program. Each program provides support to pregnant and parenting teens so they can remain in school and graduate.

Radio station Hot I-94 FM has donated $9,400 in support of Winners at Work, Inc., which provides employment services to individuals with disabilities. For every Brown Bags to Stardom XV compact disc, $1 was donated to Winners.

Hawaiian Electric Co. employee Bill Shemley was instrumental in getting the company to donate two vehicles to the Institute for Human Services for its meal service program for the homeless. IHS also received $6,000 from Central Union Church, $5,000 from the Mary Wagner Foundation and $1,200 from several individuals.

Hawaiian Electric Light Co., through the HEI Charitable Foundation, recently gave a $10,000 grant to the Peregrine Fund to assist the organization in obtaining equipment for its Keauhou Bird Conservation Center at Volcano on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Justice Foundation has awarded a $4,000 grant to Mediation Services of Maui and Peace in the Family, both conflict resolution programs.

Cox Paramount Photography has donated over $1,500 through a "Photo-Fundraiser" for the purchase of equipment for Wahiawa General Hospital.

Medy Eballar, director of the hospital's volunteer services, directed the fund-raiser.

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