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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2002


Advertiser Staff

The Hawai'i Council for the Humanities recently awarded two grants totaling $4,000 in support of the following humanities projects:

• F.L.I.C.K. Foundation's television documentary on the rebuilding of Cambodian culture after the devastation by the Khmer Rouge.

The video will provide a historical context to personal accounts of Cambodian refugees who have returned to their homeland to assist in the rebuilding.

• "Aloha America: Hawaiian Entertainment in the United States."

Adria Imada is documenting the history of Hawaiian entertainment in the United States at vaudeville shows, world fairs and military bases and how it affected American attitudes toward the Hawaiian territory. The results will be presented at a community forum by Hui Koa'e Kea, whose members include retired hula dancers and performers.

• The Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation has awarded $30,000 to Read Aloud America as part of its initiative to support projects that increase family involvement in children's development.

RAP is a literacy program that brings families together twice a month during school semesters to share reading. Since its first program in January 1999, Read Aloud has served more than 35,000 participants through 20 programs in Hawai'i's public schools.

Goodwill has been awarded $10,000 by the Verizon Foundation toward its A+ Certified Computer Technician Training program.

High-technology workers are in short supply, with a 32 percent growth rate expected in the field, according to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Students will be recruited and put through a 16-week training period, after which job readiness training and job placement will be provided. A+ certified computer repair technicians earn an average of $21.07 an hour.

• The Moanalua Gardens Community Association has received a grant of $2,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation Neighborhood Grant Program.

The association has printed a research directory for the benefit of its residents. The purpose of the directory is to share the talent and resources available within the community.

• The Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline has received a contribution of $8,000 from the presentation of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at the Hawai'i Theatre.

Jam Theatricals presented the show in January and February. Jam contributed $6,139.

In addition, Compadres Bar & Grill held a fund-raiser that collected $1,860.