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February 12, 2014 - 12:05am

W. Hawaii District science fair is Saturday

The West Hawaii District Science Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Gateway Center in Kailua-Kona. The public can view the projects after judging from noon to 3 p.m. Students from Kealakehe High School, Konawaena Middle School and Hualalai Academy will be participating.

The science fair program in Hawaii is the primary activity of the Hawaii Academy of Science. It serves more than 7,000 public and private school students statewide. About 500 students participate in the Hawaii Science and Engineering Fair which is typically held each April. Selected students represent Hawaii at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the premier student science competition in the world.

For more information, contact Linda Jeffrey at 327-4300, ext. 2432, or

Parker School fundraising gala slated March 8

Parker School will host Kahiau, its ninth annual auction gala, March 8 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Proceeds go toward financial aid at the school. The Hawaiian word kahiau means “to give generously from the heart.”

Attendees will enjoy a sit-down dinner and be able to bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items including six nights at the Four Seasons in Bali; a fishing adventure in Alaska; a Marriott stay in Costa Rica with partial airfare; golf at the Nanea course; paintings by Martha Greenwell, Harry Wishard, Emrich Nicholson, Joshua W. Miles; guitar lessons with slack key master John Keawe; pupu party catered by Lisa Vann of The Fish and The Hog; a three-night stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa with a tour of Hirsch Vineyards; jewelry; and fine dining experiences.

More than 50 percent of Parker students receive financial aid; Kahiau is key in making this possible. Tickets to the adults-only gala are $150. Table sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are also available. Call 885-8709, email or visit for more information.

Hawaiian internship program accepting applications

Kamehameha Schools’ Kapili Oihana Internship Program will accept applications through Feb. 28. The session operates from May 19 to Aug. 22. All KOIP interns must commit to a site for at least 120 hours in a 12-week period. KOIP is open to all eligible applicants 18 years or older and currently enrolled in college.

Kapili Oihana, meaning “to build a career or profession,” strives to provide Native Hawaiian college students with the opportunity to apply academic experience in a real-world environment, meet and learn from professionals in their field of interest, develop skills and competencies and build their network of contacts to increase their hiring potential upon graduation.

Applicants must submit an online KOIP Intern Application and provide a cover letter, resume and verification of current college enrollment, apply for internship opportunities related to their major, and have a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Internship sites are available on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Molokai.

Internship stipends may be available through Kamehameha Schools’ Financial Aid and Scholarship Services department. Stipend applications are available to students who have been offered and have accepted a nonpaid internship position through the Kapili Oihana Internship Program. Awards are limited based on funding availability.

For more information and to download the application, visit or contact Jewel Henderson at or 843-3420.

KTA and UH-Hilo program benefits athletics program

Score for Scholarships, the annual partnership of KTA Super Stores and the University of Hawaii at Hilo continues.

Every year, KTA Super Stores supports the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans Athletic program based on the per-game athletic achievements by the teams playing men’s and women’s basketball and soccer, women’s softball and volleyball and men’s baseball. The announcers at each game tell the crowd how much money is given away each time the Vulcans score or hit another qualifying mark.

In basketball, KTA donates $50 for every 3-point basket the Vulcans score. Each goal in soccer nets the team a $100 donation and volleyball aces are awarded $50. For both baseball and softball, the Vulcans receive $25 for pitcher recorded strikeouts, $50 for doubles, $75 for triples, $100 for homeruns and $500 for grand slams. All donations go into the KTA Score for Scholarships Endowment Fund, which goes toward offsetting costs for tuition, room, board, books and other academic support services for student athletes. In 2013, $11,700 was raised.

Through 2013, KTA Super Stores raised more than $170,000 for UH-Hilo Athletics. In Score for Scholarships, the athletic program can receive up to $28,000 per year. Participating vendors this year include Conagra Foods, Frito Lay, Gatorade, General Mills, Hawaiian Sun, Hershey’s, Kraft, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Quaker and Roman Meal.

For more information, visit, or on Twitter, @KTASuperStores.

In 2014, UH-Hilo men’s and women’s basketball runs until March 1, women’s softball through April 28, and men’s baseball through May 4. Dates for men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball are still to be determined. Visit for more information.

Alford is January cadet of the month

Kealakehe High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet of the month for January was Keala Alford.

Alford is a dedicated and hardworking cadet, as well as freshman in the battalion. She plans to major in aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She wants to be a military pilot, said Daniel Malakie, the school’s senior Army instructor.

Alford was chosen from 102 cadets for the cadet of the month honor.

Miyashiro scholarship available to seniors

The Jack and Otome Miyashiro Scholarship of $2,000 is available to a public high school graduate planning to attend a two-year or four-year post-high school educational institution as an incoming freshman in the fall. The scholarship is sponsored by the family of the late Jack and Otome Miyashiro and administered by Hui Okinawa. The Miyashiros were longtime members of Hui Okinawa and successful businesspeople in Hilo, having founded Jack’s Tours.

The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited state Department of Education high school. The applicant or a parent or guardian must be a current Hawaii County resident.

Application forms are available through the counselor’s office of public high schools. Forms are also available from Margaret Torigoe at 895-0994. The deadline for the application is March 31.

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