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June 11, 2014 - 12:05am

Hubbard selected

for theater

seminar in Oregon

Preparations for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Summer Seminar for high school juniors are currently underway. This year marks the 34th anniversary for this program, which will be held from July 28 through Aug. 9.

Haley Hubbard from Waikoloa, who attends Hawaii Preparatory Academy, is one of 65 students selected from approximately 90 applicants. Summer seminar participants represent schools across the United States.

First started in 1981, the Summer Seminar is a rigorous two-week program designed for a diverse group of dedicated theatre students who have recently completed their junior year in high school. Students stay on the campus at Southern Oregon University where they gain insight into the workings of a successful repertory theatre company, participating in forums and workshops on such topics as theatre administration, stage management, costume construction, scenic painting, properties, sound and theatrical lighting, as well as Renaissance dance, stage combat, marketing, audience development, fundraising, auditioning techniques and voice for the stage. In addition, students will attend nine Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions and work together on a variety of projects.

One of the objectives is to teach students about arts advocacy so they can return to their schools as leaders in their communities. During the seminar students will present a case for funding an arts program to a mock board.

For more information about the Summer Seminar or other educational programs at the university, contact Jay Shepherd at 541-482-2111, ext. 414.

Civic club awards four scholarships

The Kona Hawaiian Civic Club has awarded $500 scholarships to Konawaena High School graduates Rayne Izumi-Baltero and Chase Takaki and Kealakehe High School graduate Tayana Cardoza.

HPM announces scholarship recipients

HPM Building Supply has awarded three Big Island graduating high school seniors and two Hawaii Community College students with scholarships to help with upcoming college expenses.

Recipients Reyn Mukai of Waiakea High School and Sienna Okimoto of Ka`u High School will both attend University of Hawaii Manoa in the fall. Mukai plans to pursue a degree in computer engineering and Okimoto will major in nursing. Eagle Scout and Waiakea High graduate, Adam Onishi, will attend UH-Hilo to earn a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Hawaii Community College students B.J. Francis and Kent Grace were selected to receive $750 Building Future Builders scholarships toward their second year in the carpentry program.

Applications for the annual Barney S. Fujimoto Scholarship will be available again online at in January 2015.

For more than 30 years the annual Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship has promoted academic achievement and excellence to Big Island high school students. Barney Fujimoto, a past president of HPM, strongly valued the importance of higher education. Today, HPM continues to express these same values through this $1,000 scholarship.

Big Island Federal Credit Union

awards scholarships

Big Island Federal Credit Union awarded $10,000 in scholarships to seven students desiring to continue their education. The scholarship committee reviews and scores all applicants based on academic excellence, personal achievements, community involvement, academic and career goals and letters of recommendation.

The 2014 $2,500 scholarship recipients are Noah Han of Kealakehe High School, and Anja Kuipers of Hilo High School. The $1,000 scholarship recipients are Sarah Pike of Kealakehe High, Breana Milldrum of University of Montana, Angela Nako of Hilo High, Carmen Garson-Shumway of Hilo High and Adam Hill of Waiakea High School.

In 1936, a group of teachers formed the Big Island Teacher’s Federal Credit Union. It was the first chartered credit union in the Territory of Hawaii. Many years later, as a community credit union with an island-wide charter, Big Island Federal Credit Union remains committed to supporting the students and teachers of the Big Island.

Dimond earns doctor of medicine degree

Leilani Lee Dimond, daughter of Kittrena Morgan and Gary Dimond, and sister of “Kai” Dimond of South Kona, graduated May 17 from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California with a doctor of medicine degree. Dimond is currently a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, and will begin her career in California. She is a graduate of Konawaena High School class of 2006. Her future plans are to return to Kona to open a practice.

Friel named to UT-Martin honor roll

Rebekah S. Friel of Volcano earned high honors on the spring semester Chancellor’s Honor Roll at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

To be eligible this designation, a student must take at least 12 hours of credit and achieve a 3.5 through 3.79 grade point average.

Eight graduate

first nursing class

The Lai Opua 2020 Lapaau Health academy graduated eight candidates this month in its inaugural class. The candidates have completed more than 170 hours of didactic skills and medical training delivered in a classroom setting, combining lecture with hands-on training in a simulated nursing home patient room. Aligned with national standards, the course is taught by industry experts Gloria DeWeese, Paul Von Weckmann, and Gloria Ilagan. Once students have completed the required hours of classroom lecture, lab, and clinical training they are qualified to sit for the State of Hawaii Certified Nurse Aid, or CNA exam.

Two of the CNA candidates, Kalena Spinola and Turfa Zaman received and accepted their award for the Dorrance Scholarships to enter the University of Hawaii at Hilo nursing program in the fall of 2014. Savannah Ako, Hanna Lou Agustin, Kirsten Fernandes, Sydnie Smith, and Kate Thongpoon, will pursue higher education into a nursing program. Rafael Flores is currently enrolled in the UH-West Hawaii Nursing Program as a second year student in the fall of 2014.

Summer classes for adults will begin June 14. Registration information and details can be obtained by calling the Lai Opua 2020 office at 327-1221. Apply at

Rotary Club announces scholarship recipients

The Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation announces the award of 11 scholarships to students in West Hawaii.

Rebecca Crabtree, a senior graduating from Konawaena High School, was awarded the Ken and Marge Clewett Scholarship of $8,000 paid over four years.

Olivia Maigret, a senior graduating from Konawaena High School, was awarded the Jim and Sis Bedingfield Scholarship of $4,000 paid over four years.

Evyn Yamaguchi, a senior graduating from Konawaena High School, was awarded the Ron and Kathy Hawkes Scholarship of $1,000 paid over two years.

Mika Bettencourt, a senior graduating from Kealakehe High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be paid over the first and second semester of college.

Leahi Camacho, a senior graduating from Kealakehe High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be paid over the first and second semester of college.

The following community college students have completed their first two semesters at West Hawaii Community College and have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be paid at the third and fourth semesters of their continuing education at West Hawaii Community college, to be paid as $500 per semester: Cameron Linden, Ashley Milrihill, Jaclyn Sorbets, Derwin Nunes III, Parjiana Razavi and Samantha Madsen.

Positive youth projects rewarded

The seventh annual E Ola Pono Campaign awarded two Hawaii Island Schools for their initiatives of promoting youth groups that make a positive difference for people and place.

Naalehu Elementary tied for first place in the elementary division with Kahului Elementary on Maui and was awarded $1,000. An upper elementary enrichment group at Naalehu Elementary led a kindness campaign, featuring kindness bug jars and school-wide field days.

“Our whole school benefits from a kinder and more positive campus,” said teacher Maury Shimizu.

Innovations Public Charter School tied for second place honors for middle school campaign entries with Kailua Intermediate School on Oahu. At Innovations, one student’s anti-bullying video became a group project as others took on video production tasks. The school was awarded $500.

For more information about the campaign or to find pono life skills curriculum materials developed specifically for Hawaii’s youth, visit

Inaba earns degree

at Skidmore College

Joshua Inaba of Waimea earned a bachelor of arts degree at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.