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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2002


Advertiser Staff

Gov. Ben Cayetano honored volunteers throughout the state Friday at a luncheon at Washington Place for the Governor's 2002 Kilohana Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism program.

Representatives from all islands were honored in categories of youth, adult, senior, business and project. They were:

• Hawai'i: youth, Corey Johnson and Blake Kurisu (tie); adult, Charleen Melendez; senior, Dr. Frederick Holschuh; business, Hilton Waikoloa Village, represented by Dieter Seeger; project, Hilo High School Key Club, represented by Brendon Castillo.

• Kaua'i: youth, Rialyn Negrillo, Health Occupations for Teens Club; adult, Susan Kanoho; senior, Paz Valdez and Linda Wong; project, Aloha Peace Project, represented by Laura Taylor.

• Lana'i: senior, Helen Fujie.

• Maui: youth, Violette Witt; adult, Frances Nelson; senior, Spencer Shiraishi; business, Irrigation Systems Inc., represented by Ken Ota; project, Kids Helping Kids, represented by Lauren Quill.

• Moloka'i: adult, Kelly Arlos.

• O'ahu: youth, Shentell Crews; adult, Les Murata; senior, Duy Chanh Tran; business, Hawaiian Airlines, represented by Blaine Miyasato; project, Friends of Foster Kids, represented by Signe Godfrey.

Aloha Airlines has been a key sponsor of this statewide gathering to honor volunteers for the past seven years. Other sponsors include the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Pepsi Bottling Co. and Zippy's Restaurants.

Junior Achievement of Hawaii has received a $3,000 grant from NFL Charities Pro Bowl Grant Program to establish the NFL Scholars Project. The money will be used for three $1,000 scholarships for college-bound high school seniors who play football and participate in a Junior Achievement program in their schools.

The NFL Scholars Project will reward and recognize excellence in students who can balance a busy school schedule to include both athletics and an economics education, and serve as successful peer role models.

Each NFL Scholar will be required to write a report describing the impact of the project on their lives during their freshman year in college.

The reports will be shared with Junior Achievement students at their alma maters to explore the challenges of a balanced academic and athletic lifestyle and to inspire the current group of high school students to excel.

Applications for the NFL Scholars Project scholarship are available at Junior Achievement offices in Honolulu, Kahului, Maui and Hilo, Hawai'i. Call 545-1777 on O'ahu or (877) ASK-JAHI on the Neighbor Islands.

• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a 2002 Environmental Hero Award to Christine Woolaway, Hawaii Sea Grant Coastal Recreation & Tourism Extension Agent. Her selection was based on her outstanding efforts to enhance the safe and pollution-free use of Hawai'i waters through prevention and to promote environmental awareness.

Woolaway is credited with bringing together representatives from the university, city and county, state and federal governments, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and other public and private industry to pool substantial resources to save coral reefs by removing more than 64 tons of marine debris from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — critical habitat for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.