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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 8, 2007

Grants and awards

Advertiser Staff

  • Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America recently installed new board members.

    They are: Kirk Belsby of Kamehameha Schools; Shari Chang of ResortQuest; Audrey Hidano of Hidano Construction; Frank Kudo of New City Nissan; Gabe Lee of American Savings Bank; Kelly Sanders of Sheraton Waikiki; Lance Wilhelm of Kiewit Building Group; David Wong of Marriott International, Inc.; and Daniel E. Zettle of Hopaco/Office Max.

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  • First-place winners of the Sew a Lei for Memorial Day Poster Contest sponsored by the mayor's office are: Eiwa Colburn, a fourth-grader from St. Joseph School; Shealyn Sugar, an eighth-grader from Kapa'a Middle School; and Raymond Mariano, a 12th-grader from Mililani High School.

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  • Lynne Johnson was recently elected chairwoman of the Honolulu Academy of Arts board of trustees. She is a direct descendant of Anna Charlotte Rice Cooke, the founder of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. A great believer in arts education, Johnson said, "The vision of Mrs. Cooke, which celebrates and honors Hawai'i's rich and diverse cultures, providing arts education to Hawai'i's children, is a vision that continues to play an important role in our community today."

    Johnson has been a public and private school teacher, curriculum planner and fundraising executive. She serves as a trustee of the Cooke Foundation and is on the boards of Manoa Heritage Center, La Pietra School, Hawai'i Pacific University and the Honolulu Symphony Foundation.

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  • Adm. Ron Hays was presented the Doleman Award during a recent Military Appreciation Luncheon. Sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America, Hawai'i State Chapter, the award is presented to a retired officer for sustained, outstanding voluntary contributions to the community.

    In 1994, Hays spearheaded the drive that brought the USS Missouri battleship to Hawai'i.

    Also instrumental in establishing the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, Hays raised $75 million from the private sector and had vintage aircraft and aviation memorabilia purchased and restored.

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  • Frank Appel, director of quality and patient safety at The Queen's Medical Center, has been appointed to the 2007 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

    As an examiner, Appel is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications for the award.

    The board is composed of about 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and healthcare organizations and government.

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  • First-place winners of the 2007 High School Marketing Plan and Business Plan Competitions are: business team, Scrap, Inc., made up of Megan Lee, Keoni Medeiros and Kaylyne Tolentino of Kapolei High School; marketing team, Morning Glory, made up of Anna Hidano and Brianna Serikaku, of Hilo High School.

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  • Lorie Anne Acio recently attended the CelebrASIAN '07 Conference sponsored by the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Twenty high school seniors from around the nation were awarded scholarships and given the chance to meet prominent business leaders at the event.

    Acio, a Waipahu High School senior, won the CBS Broadcasting Scholarship and was the only student from Hawai'i. She plans to major in journalism at the University of Oregon Clark Honors College.

    "I hope that USPAACC and the other organizations will continue to support college-bound students, as they will make a profound impact on their lives forever," Acio said.

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  • Winners of the University of Hawai'i-Manoa Student Employees of the Year competition are: Phoebe Hwang, a biology major who worked as student assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences; Ryland Watanabe, an MIS and management major who worked as student administrative assistant in the Department of International Programs; Monica Tan, a business major who worked as office manager assistant in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Science; and Debbie Quibilan, a pre-nursing student who worked as an assistant in the Office of International Education.

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  • University of North Dakota aerospace student Benjamin Andersen has received his private pilot certificate from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND. He is the son of Mark and Melanie Andersen of Honolulu and a 2003 graduate of Yokota High School in Yokota, Japan.

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  • Jennifer Chieng has been selected for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2006-07 academic year. She is a member of the Class of 2008 at Wells College, in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. She is the niece of Helen and Jesse Defan of 'Ewa Beach.

    Each year, Who's Who bestows this honor on outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.

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  • The William S. Richardson School of Law's Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law has selected five summer fellows in Native Hawaiian law. They are: Moani Crowell, Li'ula Kotaki, Mana Moriarty, Chris Santos and Napali Souza.

    Kotaki and Santos will work at the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. Moriarty and Souza will work with the Bioprospecting Commission housed at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Crowell will work for the law firm of Paul, Johnson, Park & Niles, which is representing OHA in a pending case.

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  • Sacred Hearts Academy has been designated a National School of Character Award winner, which brings with it recognition and a $20,000 grant. $10,000 of the award will fund a character education program at the academy. The remaining $10,000 will assist other educators in the community.

    "Character development, service to others and responsible citizenry are closely held values at Sacred Hearts Academy," said Betty White, head of school. "We are humbled by the opportunity to share character development resources with other educators in the community."

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  • Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is one of four members of Congress honored recently by the American Association for Cancer Research for his distinguished public service. He is known for his ability to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact meaningful legislation.

    He has been the lead champion among Hawai'i's congressional delegation in the campaign to build a new, first-class Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i, as well as a new cancer center next to the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaka'ako.

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  • Floyd McCoy, professor of geology and oceanography at Windward Community College, will travel to Greece this summer to research the largest volcanic eruption in human history in the Mediterranean region as one of a few selected Fulbright scholar grantees. He will spend a year doing fieldwork studying the effects of the enormous Late Bronze Age eruption of Thera in Greece. He will also attempt to merge the fields of archaeology and geology into a new discipline geoarchaeology to find out what destroyed a Cyclaedic culture and led to the demise of the Minoan culture of Crete.

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  • Marc Tilker, president and chief executive officer of the Marathon Group of Companies, and Barry Fukunaga, director of the Department of Transportation, have been appointed to the board of directors of the Board of Water Supply.

    Tilker brings a strong background in financial operations and investments. He is one of the principal owners of Marathon, which owns and operates BEI Hawaii, the state's largest distributor of industrial chemicals, fertilizers and agricultural products.

    Fukunaga brings an extensive background in state and city government. He managed Hawai'i's commercial harbor system and was with the airports division for 25 years. He managed the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Waikiki Shell, Honolulu Zoo and the municipal golf courses and was responsible for wastewater treatment facilities, solid refuse collection and disposal operations.

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  • David Hughes, a teacher at Maui High School, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C.

    The fellowships support the further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, American government and social studies in the nation's secondary schools.

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  • Mayor Mufi Hannemann recently received the Fellow of the Pacific Award from Hawai'i Pacific University for his leadership and contributions to higher education, and for his service and dedication to the community.

    An 'Iolani graduate and all-star athlete, he was a cum laude graduate of Harvard University, and has distinguished himself in business, government and politics.