Robert Midkiff, chairman of the board of the Hawai'i Theatre Center, has been awarded a doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Hawai'i in recognition of his contributions to the community and to making Hawai'i a better place to live.
In addition to his leadership role at the historic Hawai'i Theatre, where he is heading the capital campaign, Midkiff has been the driving force behind the Good Beginnings Alliance in ensuring the safety, health and education of children from birth to age 5. He also is president of the Atherton Family Foundation, founded by his great-grandparents.
U.S. Merchant Marine
Chance Chong of Honolulu is a new member of the United States Merchant Marine, having graduated from the Unlicensed Apprentice Program at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, in Piney Point, Md.
Chong, son of Wesley and Lucia Chong, completed nine months of training that taught him the basic skills of seamanship in order that he might work aboard a U.S.-flagged commercial vessel.
Irene Gordon, instructor of English as a second language at Hawai'i Pacific University, was selected to be a judge for the National Translation Awards, presented by the American Literary Translator's Association.
Gordon will be responsible for reviewing nominated English texts, translated from Arabic, that she views as significant contributions to literature.
Gordon, born in Cairo, Egypt, has been teaching at HPU for nine years.
Perfect scorers at the finals of the O'ahu Math Meet, held April 20 at McKinley High School, were Cameron Taketa of Hawaii Baptist Academy; Matthew Ardo, Yoshio Goto, Blake Kawamoto, Kelly Nakamura, Ricky Nguyen, Ravi Patel and Anne Yeung, all of Iolani School; Vallent Lee of Kaiser High; Noah Sakimura of Kalani High; and Nyssa Thompson of Punahou School.
Top 10 scorers were Kelly Nakamura and Ravi Patel, who tied for first place; Blake Kawamoto; Matthew Ardo and Anne Yeung, who tied for fourth; Ricky Nguyen; Nyssa Thompson; Vallent Lee; and Cameron Taketa and Ryan Lau, who tied for ninth.
Nakamura and Patel each attained a perfect average for the season.
Final team results were:
Division A Iolani, first place; Punahou, second; McKinley, third; Kamehameha, fourth; Roosevelt, fifth.
Division B Hanalani, first place; Sacred Hearts, second.
Junior Varsity Iolani, first; Kamehameha, second.
It was the 10th consecutive O'ahu Math League championship for Iolani.
National Young Leaders
Paul Kiriakos of Kapolei has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference from June 17-27 in Washington.
The NYLC is a program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. This year's theme is "The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today."
The Windward Branch of the American Association of University Women has granted five scholarships to Windward women to continue their pursuit of higher education.
An award of $1,000 went to Lisa Chiemi Kitagawa of Kane'ohe.
Awards of $500 went to Ronda Rapozo of Kane'ohe, JoAnn Aiu of Kailua, Kuulani Miyashiro of Kane'ohe and Jessica May of Kailua.
The women were honored at a luncheon Saturday at the Ko'olau Golf Club in Kane'ohe.