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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 27, 2003

Donations and awards

Advertiser Staff

Bank donates computers

Bank of Hawaii has donated 12 computers to Ho'omau Ke Ola, the Wai'anae community- and cultural-based substance abuse treatment program that also works to help clients develop vocational skills. The program uses Hawaiian spiritual values to promote a return to families and communities.

Goodwill brings in $59,100

Goodwill Industries of Hawai'i received close to $59,100 at the12th annual Fundraising Auction held Feb. 11 at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Items included donations by community businesses and local artists as well as valuables found in Goodwill stores.

Goodwill served more than 4,400 people in Hawai'i last year and reported $13 million in revenues.

Man honored for literacy

Fifty-nine-year-old David Trimm — illiterate since leaving school in the eighth grade — has written to both a brother he hasn't spoken to in 30 years and to President Bush using new reading skills he acquired last year.

Trimm — disabled and living in a Wai'anae nursing home — worked in restaurants in Florida and Hawai'i as a cook before recently learning to read.

He was honored by Hawaii Literacy as the Adult Literacy Student of the Year at its recent 31st annual meeting, receiving $100 from the Myrtle Lee Educational Fund. Myrtle Lee founded Hawaii Literacy in 1971.

Students to study abroad

Three public school students will study in Japan or France this summer as recipients of full scholarships from the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council and the Freeman Foundation.

The three will be assigned to summer study abroad programs that are administered by the Wo International Center at Punahou School.

  • Audrey Chihara, a junior and Pacific and Asian Affairs Council member at Lahainaluna High School on Maui, plans to study in Japan.
  • Kenny Dunn, a junior and a student at PAAC's "Upload the World" after-school class at Radford High School, plans to study in France.
  • Christina Grijaldo, a sophomore and student in the Radford "Upload the World" class, will study in Japan.

Two chosen for youth program

Two Hawai'i students were among 104 chosen nationally to attend the 41st Annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

Benjamin K. Johnson of Hilo High School, and Chase S. Lee of McKinley High School, will be flown to Washington for the week long program held March 1 to 8, and will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship for their undergraduate studies.

The program is financed by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.