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maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

 Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) recently completed the installation of photovoltaic systems at five Honolulu schools: Gus Webling Elementary, Washington Middle School, Palolo Elementary, King William Lunalilo Elementary and Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary. Each of these Department of Education schools is estimated to save $600,000 to $700,000 over the 20-year life of the system.

 

“As more and more schools rely on solar energy for power, the energy conservation and cost savings will continue to have a large impact on DOE and State budgets,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS. “We have now 16 Oahu schools with PV systems, and 15 Kauai schools are in the process of installation and should be complete this summer.”

 

System of Higher Education Receives Funding to Accelerate Strategic Student Success Planning Project

System of Higher Education Receives Funding to Accelerate Strategic Student Success Planning Project

The University of Hawai’i System of Higher Education has been selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to join a nationwide group of 12 higher education systems exploring higher education transformation at a large scale and solving common issues encountered during implementation.  

UH Foundation Rebranding Earns Two National Awards for Our University, Our Hawai‘i, Our Future

UH Foundation Rebranding Earns Two National Awards for Our University, Our Hawai‘i, Our Future

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation has received two prestigious national awards for the successful implementation of a comprehensive rebranding initiative. The rebranding initiative was spearheaded by a committee comprised of community volunteers and UH Foundation board of trustees and staff. Olomana Loomis, LLC conducted a comprehensive assessment of the Foundation's brand that included research using focus groups, qualitative and quantitative surveys of all constituent groups.  The Foundation then worked with renowned designer Kurt Osaki of Osaki Creative Group to design the new logo, and the UH Foundation team incorporated the new brand into all communication vehicles as well as internally with the staff who ultimately deliver the brand.

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii donates more than $45,000 to Hawaii robotics teams

 McDonald’s  restaurants of Hawaii donates more than $45,000 to Hawaii robotics teams

HONOLULU – McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is donating more than $45,000 to the Hawaii robotics teams at this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition. McDonald’s owner-operators presented a check on Saturday during the competition’s opening ceremony for $40,666, which will be divided among the 29 competing Hawaii robotics teams. An additional $1,000 will be given to each of the five Hawaii schools (Waialua High School, McKinley High School, Kamehameha Schools, Maui High School and Kealakehe High School) moving on to the world championship in St. Louis, Mo., in April.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.