U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie has announced his nominations to the U.S. service academies. They are:
U.S. Air Force Academy: Casey Piedra, Kaimuki High School; Adrienne Kasaoka, Mililani High School; Joyce Lee, Punahou School; Johanna Berger, St. Francis School; Allen Wong, McKinley High School; Sebastian Hickey, Campbell High School; Sze Woon Lau, McKinley High School; Zachary McAngus, Kamehameha Schools; Mary Jane Nhan, Kaimuki High School; and Kyra Borromeo, Lahainaluna High School.
U.S. Naval Academy: Cassidy Rasmussen, Radford High School; Jason Afong, Kamehameha Schools; Christopher Hironaga, Mid-Pacific Institute; Casey Piedra, Kaimuki High School; Janelle Trusty, La Pietra Hawai'i School for Girls; Johanna Berger, St. Francis School; Eaton Kuh, Punahou School; Zachary McAngus, Kamehameha Schools; Stacey Doran, Maryknoll High School; and Kyra Borromeo, Lahainaluna High School.
U.S. Military Academy: Eaton Kuh, Punahou School; Derrick Wong, St. Louis High School; Mary Jane Nhan, Kaimuki High School; Casey Piedra, Kaimuki High School; Roy Chong, Acalanes High School, California.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Casey Piedra, Kaimuki High School; Kyra Borromeo, Lahainaluna High School; Roy Chong, Acalanes High School, California; Derrick Wong, St. Louis High School.
The Hawai'i Alliance for Arts Education, a nonprofit arts advocacy and service organization, has been awarded $181,000 in grants. The grants include:
$20,000 from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for general operating needs.
$10,000 from the Atherton Family Foundation for ARTS FIRST, multi-year commitment to building a standards-based arts curriculum for grades K-5.
$20,000 from McInerny Foundation for ARTS FIRST.
$10,000 from the Cooke Foundation for ARTS FIRST.
$10,000 from the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York to help complete the documentary film "Kamehameha I: A Legacy Renewed" about the restoration of the original King Kamehameha sculpture on the Big Island.
$26,000 from Pacific Islanders in Communication for the Kamehameha documentary.
$10,000 from Americans for the Arts for the Kamehameha documentary.
$75,000 from Independent Television Services for the Kamehameha documentary.
The Honolulu Printmakers has received a $7,480 grant from the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation to support a two-part program in innovative printmaking. The money will be used for stipends for two recently graduated printmakers to encourage them to continue their work in printmaking. The second part of the grant will bring Lynn Yamamoto, a Hawai'i-born artist to teach a two week workshop this summer.