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March 26, 2014 - 7:25am

Program helps pay preschool costs for Hawaiian children

Lehua Kaulukukui of Kamehameha Schools will be providing information sessions about the Pauahi Keiki Scholars program at Hawaii Montessori School’s Waimea and Kona campuses. The sessions will be held at 5 p.m. Monday in Kona and April 3 in Waimea.

Children of Hawaiian ancestry born in 2009, 2010 and 2011 may qualify as recipients of Pauahi Keiki Scholars. The program helps families with tuition costs so they can send their children to a preschool from Kamehameha Schools’ collaborating schools list.

Hawaii Montessori Schools offers high quality early childhood education programs for children ages 15 months to 6 years old. Through the assistance of grants, Hawaii Montessori Schools is able to offer financial aid to qualifying families.

For more information, visit or call 885-7683 in Waimea or 329-0700 in Kona.

HPA students present science projects at California events

Bill Wiecking, upper school science teacher and director of the Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, and seven upper school students are presenting their work this week at two national conferences, Macworld/iWorld 2014 in San Francisco and the Green Schools National Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

The students are Jessica Ainslie, Luigi Balbo Bertone Di Sambuy, Erina Baudat, Bo Bleckel, Leila Morrison, Kenji Stinson and Hannah Twigg-Smith.

Students will also present their work at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Ainslie, Baudat, and Morrison will present their “Campus Sustainability” project at the Green Schools National Conference on Friday. The students’ environmental science project included reviewing sustainable initiatives that can be integrated at the school. Balbo Bertone Di Sambuy, Baudat, Bleckel, Morrison, Stinson and Twigg-Smith will present their work at Macworld/iWorld’s Future Tech session on Saturday. Future Tech, a new strand at the conference, is dedicated to innovative solutions and projects created by high school students.

HPA’s students — the first high school students to present at Future Tech — will present on diverse topics, including MIDI-brain interfaces, aging patient music therapy with EEG, high dynamic range photography using Phantom drones and virtual reality tools, creating a detailed energy monitoring and analysis toolset for the HPA campus using one-minute interval data from sensors linked to the school’s Energy Lab telemetry system, Tetris and your brain, and sleep apnea studies.

The Energy Lab at HPA recently was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-2015. The HPA team was invited to present their projects at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Friday.

Hilo Culinary Classic scheduled for April 4

Culinary Arts students from Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts Program will compete during the 16th annual Hilo Culinary Classic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at the Hawaii Community College cafeteria in Hilo.

Culinary Arts graduates and professionals will square off in the guest competition.

The culinary displays will run the gamut from savory multi-course meals, inventive desserts and edible art pieces. The event will feature food to eat as well as food meant exclusively for viewing as first-year students present a heavy pupu buffet.

Tickets are $9.50, and are available at the school cafeteria, Bamboo Hale and from culinary students on campus. Tickets will also be available at the door. Call 934-2559 for more information.

Insurance group honors Waikoloa principal

A Waikoloa principal is one of 13 being honored by the Island Insurance Foundation Saturday.

Kris Kosa-Correia of Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School was one of two Hawaii Island nominees. The other was Chad Keone Farias of Keaau Elementary School.

Each of the public school principals has been nominated for the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award. Department of Education representatives and Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka, will be attending to extend congratulatory messages. This award is named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd. Nominees will receive a $1,000 award and commemorative plaque.

One principal will receive a $10,000 personal cash award and $15,000 toward a school project designated by the principal. Two semifinalists will each receive a $2,000 cash award. Winner and semifinalists will be selected and announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on May 1.

Charter school teachers graduate leadership training

Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana’s Kahoiwai Center for Adult Teaching and Learning celebrated the graduation of its first class of master’s degree in education leadership March 14 in Honolulu.

The first-of-its-kind program, is the result of a partnership with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Chaminade University of Honolulu and Kamehameha Schools. It helps culturally focused charter school administrators acquire leadership skills.

After 1.5 years of face-to-face instructional and online learning, 19 administrative participants were honored at the Chaminade Masters Celebration.

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