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These island residents or groups recently earned scholarships or academic recognition:
Scholarships and academic honors
The local alumni of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has awarded merit scholarships to Michelle C. Young of Kailua High School ($1,000), Katherine Keir of Punahou ($600); and Craig Yamasaki of Iolani ($400).
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii has received $150,000 for its mortgage retirement campaign from the Frank H. Watase family, originally from Kauai, to honor its grandparents, Karoku and Hiwa Watase, and Johei and Sawa Nakamaru.
Grants and donations
The United States Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has awarded a $14,000 grant to the University of Hawaii's Pacific Business Center program for the hosting of an economic development conference next summer in the Pacific.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded grants to the Hawaii Credit Counseling Service ($89,837) and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii ($88,134).
The Health Care for the Homeless Project has received $10,000 from the Weinberg Friends Program by way of a community service project performed by the Lions Club of Honolulu.
The Easter Seal Society of Hawaii has received a $250,000 grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has pledged a contribution of $250,000 to Chaminade University. To receive the matching grant, Chaminade has launched a campaign to raise an additional $250,000 from the community.
Gentry Homes, Ltd. has donated $1,000 to Imua E Na Keiki, a non-profit organization responsible for the development of a Super Playground planned at the Neal Blaisdell Park in Pearl City. The project will cost approximately $125,000 and be financed through community fundraising efforts and corporate donations.
The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a $75,000 grant to the State Office of Community Services for organizing and developing rural economic cooperatives involving the agriculture, aquaculture and fishery industries on Molokai.
The Corporation for National Service has approved grants totaling $763,936 for Hawaii's AmeriCorps programs, including $218,694 for the Hawaii Department of Health's AmeriCorps ACHIEVE Hawaii for senior citizens; $371,242 for Hawaii Lawyers Care, Students and Advocates for Victims of Domestic Violence; $108,750 for the Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, Parent Support Project '96; and $65,250 for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Family Assistance and Access project.
Proceeds from the Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International golf event poster bidding will be used to benefit the J. Walter Cameron Center, the Friends of the Children's Advocacy Center of Maui and Maui junior golf.
The Third Annual Itoen Aloha Plane Pool raised $17,000 to benefit the Hawaii Special Olympics. The Gym/Blue Zebra pulled an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 across the line to win the tug-of-war contest.
These groups have new officers:
Mauna Kea Jaycees, Board of Directors: Tim Williams, president; Jason Chin, executive vice president; John Kaiwi, Tracy Thrower-Rodriguez, Melissa Pavao, vice presidents; Renette Ferreira, treasurer; Donna Yoshizumi, Jo Ann Bumanglag, advisers.