Hawai'i lawyer recognized
The American Judicature Society has selected Hawai'i lawyer Lawrence Okinaga to receive its 2003 Justice Award. Okinaga was recognized for his work as a lawyer, chairman of the state Judicial Selection Commission, chairman of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, president of the American Judicature Society and numerous other leadership roles.
Health centers receive awards
The Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and Hawai'i Children's Cancer Foundation have been selected to receive the Hawaii Modular Space Makana Hui Award. The company's employee-run charity committee selects two or three nonprofit organizations for contributions each year. Recipients receive $2,500 to $4,500.
"Our goal was for employees to really look at their communities and think critically about which programs support philanthropy among HMS employees through example and education," said Mike Fox, Hawaii Modular Space president.
The company also gave $100 grants to the University of Hawai'i-Hilo women's volleyball team, the Institute for Human Services, Pearl City High School's athletic department, Kapolei Middle School's C-SAP Program, Lokahi Foundation, Project Visitation, Lanakila Rehab Center's ADS Center, the Leeward Community College Children's Center, Pearl City Elementary A-Plus program, River of Life Mission and Big Brothers Wai'anae.
Student wins essay contest
Kori Ann Haymore of Kurtistown on the Big Island, a sophomore at the Franklin Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, has been named one of two national winners in the "Student Visions" essay contest sponsored by the Digital Promise Project and The Federation of American Scientists.
A Waiakea High School graduate who is majoring in mechanical engineering, Haymore was recognized for her essay, "Math Animations: Math Lectures Taught by Animated Characters." It describes a curriculum in which animated characters on the computer would teach math concepts. This would allow teachers more time to spend on students and their individual needs.
Group honors ex-councilman
Former City Councilman John Henry Felix has been awarded the March of Dimes National Presidential Award for Volunteer Leadership, the March of Dimes Hawai'i Chapter has announced.
"Dr. Felix has played an instrumental role in guiding and growing our programs and, in particular, has played an instrumental role in fund raising ... for research and community programs," said Carmella Hernandez, March of Dimes state director. "Most notably, Dr. Felix led the initiative to re-establish our Governors Ball as an annual tradition, which since 1996 has raised more than $2.25 million for local programs and initiatives."