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Kamalapua O Koolau awarded $20K toward youth education in Windward school district

Kamalapua O Koolau awarded $20K toward youth education in Windward school district

 

By: Taylor Preza

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Kamalapua O Koolau, the Windward District's preschool-through-third-grade collaboration this month. 

The funds will go toward planning, developing, writing and applying for a $40 million preschool-development federal grant to support early learning initiatives.

If the federal grant is secured through the combined efforts of the state Executive Office on Early Learning and the Windward District's Kamalapua O Koolau, an award of $10 million will be distributed per year for four years. 

According to the project and district P-3 coordinator Phyllis Ida, of the $10 million, the Windward district would receive about $4 million annually.

Kamalapua O Koolau is made up of Windward-area families, early childhood organizations and kindergarten programs. 

Community Sponsors

Surf4HUGS Will Again Put Smiles on the Faces of Seriously Ill Keiki

Surf4HUGS Will Again Put Smiles on the Faces  of Seriously Ill Keiki

HONOLULU - HUGS, the local non-profit helping Hawaii families with seriously ill children for more than 30 years, will enjoy a fun-filled day of sun and surf at the annual Surf4HUGS at Kuhio beach on Saturday, August 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local family, the Thomases – Brett, Dee and their children Torrey and Leila – created Surf4HUGS when Torrey and Leila came up with the idea of combining sun, play and exercise with the HUGS mission of caring for seriously ill children and their families.    

“My wife and I started Surf4HUGS as a way to teach our children the value of giving back,” said Brett Thomas. “And in a way, this event has given back to our family – 10 years of beautiful memories, forming bonds with HUGS families and seeing our community come together every year for this wonderful local non-profit that takes care of Hawaii families.”

Hawaii’s Construction Boom Calls on ALTRES Staffing to Send the Best

HONOLULU — www.altres.com — Hawaii’s thriving construction industry and demand for experienced industrial workers has prompted ALTRES Staffing, Hawaii's largest and most-trusted staffing agency, to extend its newSaturday hours until August 23. ALTRES Staffing in Pearl City at 850-B Kamehameha Hwy. #162 will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m in addition to its regular business hours. All four other ALTRES Staffing offices to resume regular business hours.

Ka 'Ohana student newspaper excels in national competition

Ka 'Ohana student newspaper excels in national competition

Windward Community College’s student newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana (the family), has garnered another first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The newspaper has ranked among the top winners in the ASPA competition for the past 19 years.

Ka ‘Ohana scored 930 out of 1,000 possible points for the first place category and was recognized by the judges as “an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your staff.” The competition recognizes excellence and provides feedback in content, page design, general plan, art, editing and creativity.

Community Sponsors

Kiewit Building Group Inc. Hires Gabriel Kwiatkowski for Kapolei II Elementary Project

Kiewit Building Group Inc. Hires Gabriel Kwiatkowski for Kapolei II Elementary Project

Kiewit Building Group Inc., a leading general contractor serving Hawaii’s vertical construction markets, recently hired Gabriel Kwiatkowski as a project engineer for Kapolei II Elementary, projected to complete in April 2015. The new elementary school is expected to serve 750 students from pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade in the Kapolei community.

In his new role, Kwiatkowski will oversee the administrative and technical aspects of the Kapolei II Elementary project, which is being designed and built to LEED for Schools 2009 standards. He will lead the quality management program and manage job site personnel, safety measures, administration systems, budget, schedule development and maintenance. 

HUGS Celebrates the Lives of Seriously Ill Children

HUGS Celebrates the Lives of Seriously Ill Children
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Kiewit Building Group Interns Enhance Pearl City Elementary With An Outdoor Amphitheater

Kiewit Building Group Interns Enhance Pearl City Elementary  With An Outdoor Amphitheater

Kiewit Building Group, Inc. summer interns led volunteers, friends and families building and installing a stage and stadium benches at Pearl City Elementary this month.  The group spent over 700 hours on the project, enabling Pearl City Elementary students to attend outdoor classes in the amphitheater.

“We are proud of our outstanding interns who lead projects such as this every year.  One of Kiewit’s core values is stewardship as we strive to create a better Hawaii for future generations,” said Sharon Ann Thom, senior vice president of Kiewit Building Group.  “Our program provides students, our future builders, with mentorship and hands on experience in the construction industry.  It is amazing what our young people are able to accomplish today.”