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Group 70 and associates donate $60,000 to UH School of Architecture

Group 70 and associates donate $60,000 to UH School of Architecture
HONOLULU – www.group70int.com – Group 70 International (G70), Hawai‘i’s largest kama‘āina design firm rallied its employees and business associates to collectively contribute $60,000 to the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture (UHSoA) fund drive this month. A check presentation was held on Dec. 3 at Group 70’s downtown office where G70 Chairman Francis Oda, Arch.D., FAIA, AICP, LEED AP, presented to Daniel Friedman, PhD, dean of the school. The $60,000 donation includes contributions from G70 UHSoA alumni staff and its consultants including: Albert Chong Associates, Inc., Clarence Lee Design & Associates, LLC, Coffman Engineers, Inc., ControlPoint Surveying, Inc., Englekirk Partners, Hirata and Associates, Inc., Inatsuka Engineering LLC, Kai Hawaii, Inc., Masa Fujioka & Associates, Randolph H.

Island Insurance Foundation Donates $15,000 to Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP) Hawaii

Island Insurance Foundation Donates $15,000 to Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP) Hawaii

The Island Insurance Foundation has donated $15,000 to Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP) Hawaii in support of the organization’s Lifelong Mentoring Programs.  Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation, presented the $15,000 check to KAMP Hawaii Executive Director Aaron Kamau, KAMP Hawaii youth mentors and members of its Mentors-in-Training program at a presentation ceremony held at Farrington High School.

Founded in 2005, Kids At Risk Mentoring Programs (KAMP) is a Hawaii-based non-profit organization that focuses on disadvantaged, at-risk youth and children with disabilities. KAMP Hawaii’s goal is to provide outreach programs that reach all youth from every spectrum of society. 

Three Community Leaders Elected to Hawai‘i Pacific University Board of Trustees

Three longtime leaders from Hawai‘i education, finance and development sectors were recently elected to the Hawai‘i Pacific University Board of Trustees, announced Chairman of the Board Joachim Cox. Joining the HPU board are Doris Ching, Ed.D., Howard Kam and Lance Wilhelm. Their terms are scheduled to begin in January.

 

“We are thrilled to have each of these community leaders join HPU’s Board of Trustees particularly during this transformative time for the university,” said Chairman Cox. “Their combined set of experiences will be instrumental in helping to guide the board and university in the years to come.”

 

Active Schools Earn Awards in Kaiser Permanente's Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge

 Active Schools Earn Awards in Kaiser Permanente's Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge

Thousands of students, families and school staff at more than 24 schools in Hawaii recently participated in the semiannual Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge, tracking more than 1,481,690 minutes of physical activity — walking, biking, jogging, surfing and more — over the course of one month. Kaiser Permanente awarded a combined total of $7,000 to 10 active schools on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, which will go toward supporting physical activity and wellness programs at their schools.

Hawai‘i Pacific University Names Director of Strategic Communications

Hawai‘i Pacific University Names Director of Strategic Communications

Hawai‘i Pacific University has named longtime communications professional Richard Rapoza as its Director of Strategic Communications. Rapoza will work closely with university leadership and be responsible for building, implementing and managing HPU’s comprehensive communication outreach strategies.

 

“We are pleased to have Richard join our team at HPU,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D. “We will count on Richard’s deep communications and media expertise, as the university heads toward its 50th anniversary next year, highlighted by the revitalization of Aloha Tower Marketplace.”

 

Rapoza has more than 25 years of experience as a communications professional. He has worked in public, private, political, and non-profit sectors, most recently as the Communications Director for U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa.

 

TAKITANI FOUNDATION STARTS NEW SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS

TAKITANI FOUNDATION STARTS NEW SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc. added an extra round of grants to its regular high school scholarship program this year, this time to start new scholarship programs at four nonprofit organizations and institutions. With these new grants, the Foundation has awarded a total of $304,280 to promote scholarship in Hawaii this year.

 

Chaminade University received $50,000 to create a Takitani Entrepreneurship Scholar program for majors in entrepreneurship.

 

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific will use its $40,000 grant to fund semester internships to medical students who declare physical therapy as their majors.

 

Shidler College of Business received $25,000 to create an entrepreneurship major for Takitani Innovation Fellows who “will provide strategic planning services to companies on issues relative to market experience, new product launch and acquisition.”

 

Robert Landau Named New Executive Director Of Hawaii Association Of Independent Schools

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) Board of Directors has named Robert Landau the organization’s new executive director, replacing longtime Executive Director Robert Witt, who is retiring.

Landau has worked as an educator, principal, superintendent and director for notable schools across the globe. He most recently was deputy superintendent of the prestigious Singapore American School in Singapore. His career has spanned nearly forty years in Europe, Asia and the United States. He was chosen as HAIS executive director after an extensive search within and outside of Hawaii.