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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.

Student delegates lead prospective families on a guided tour to learn more about La Pietra – Hawaii

Student delegates lead prospective families on a guided tour to learn more about La Pietra – Hawaii

(Honolulu, Hawai’i, October 29, 2014) -- La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls will have its Fall Admissions Open House on Thursday, November 6 with tours starting at 5:15 pm and the program beginning at 6:00 pm.

During the Admissions Open House, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the value of an all-girls’ education and hear about the academic, athletics, arts, co-curricular and college counseling programs that La Pietra offers. The program will start with a student-guided tour of La Pietra‘s 21st century classrooms and facilities, and then hear from Mahina Hugo, Head of School, current students, parents, and faculty.

For more information or to register, visit our website at www.lapietra.edu. For questions or inquiries, contact Director of Admissions, Megan Meyer at (808) 922-2744 or by e-mail at mmeyer@lapietra.edu.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii gets NOAA grant for “Wonders of Water”

Girl Scouts of Hawaii gets NOAA grant for “Wonders of Water”

Girl Scouts of Hawaii (GSH) has received a $92,500 grant from NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant for its Wonders of Water STEAM leadership program. Beginning in early November, this program will help girls understand how water, the world’s most precious resource, and the environment impact each other.

The goals of Wonders of Water (WOW)  is for young girls to draw on this knowledge and experience and lead others to adopt responsible stewardship practices resulting in healthier watersheds and a more abundant supply of clean water in Hawai‘i.

“We are very excited to receive funding support from such a prestigious organization as NOAA,” said Reyna Kaneko, interim chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Hawaii. “This  pilot program, at He‘eia Elementary School, in partnership with the Department of Education’s Castle Complex, is a first step to providing a Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls statewide.”

Hokulani and Lunalilo Elementary Schools Awarded Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

Hokulani and Lunalilo Elementary Schools Awarded Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS), a Maui-based solar PV design and installation company, has awarded two education grants totaling $2,718 for solar energy-related projects at Hokulani Elementary School and King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School, both Kaimuki Complex schools.

 

Hokulani Elementary School received the entire amount requested, $1,402.15, to explore the application of PV systems and their use in powering LEGO® robotic projects at the school. Teachers Marcus Pottenger, Naomi Oshiro and Laurie Yoshinaga submitted the grant with Hokulani’s principal, Holly Kiyonaga.

 

King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School received $1,316.60 to participate statewide, with the Hokulea and Hikianalia, in the first science project on hydroponics. Lunalilo has focused on sustainability for the past three years and was adopted by the Hokulea as it travels on its three-year worldwide voyage. Principal Amy Kantrowitz submitted the proposal.

Sacred Hearts Academy student Travels to Russia

Sacred Hearts Academy student  Travels to Russia

Sacred Hearts Academy senior Zoe Sprott spent seven weeks over the summer learning the Russian language in Kirov Russia.   

Zoe was awarded a merit-based scholarship by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, to study language and culture through immersion in a host country. 

Sprott, one of fifteen students from the United States, lived in a dormitory among Russian peers for three weeks and spent the rest of the summer living with a host family.  For five hours a day, Zoe and her American peers, who entered the country knowing very little of the language, attended classes taught by Russian teachers.  During the last week of their stay, the students traveled from Kirov to Moscow (a thirteen-hour train ride) and toured Russia’s capital city.