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In Brief | Schools 4-10-13

‘Pono Campaign’ seeks pono projects

The Pono Campaign is in search of youth making a positive difference to improve their school or community in a pono way – doing the right thing. Classes, students, teams or clubs involved in an important local or global cause are encouraged to share what they are doing at by April 19.

A committee of judges will select one or more groups in elementary, middle and high school divisions to receive $500 or more for their efforts. To qualify, visit the website and submit a PowerPoint or short video showing what the group does, including a few reflections.

“The purpose of the Pono Campaign is to encourage students to do projects and activities that enhance their school or community’s environment,” said Sara Kaimipono Banks, campaign coordinator for the Growing Pono Schools Project. Previous winners have done a variety of activities, including working to clean up a beach park, transforming a corner of the school grounds and making videos promoting the “greater good.”

Banks may be contacted by email, via the Pono Campaign website.

Fetz honored for volunteer efforts

Scott Fetz of Kailua-Kona was honored as a Distinguished Finalist during The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, recognizing the state’s top youth volunteers for 2013, held April 3 at the Hawaii State Capitol.

Fetz, a junior at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, wrote a 25-page manual for people interested in volunteering with patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at the Regency at Hualalai Retirement Home.

Fetz received an engraved bronze medallion at the ceremony, to honor his contributions to the community.

College fair slated April 17 in Waimea

College fair slated April 17 in Waimea

The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling is sponsoring the Waimea College Fair slated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 17 at Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School. The annual fair features colleges from Hawaii, the mainland and overseas. The event includes a general advising and financial aid center with representatives able to answer students’ and family members’ college admission process and financial aid questions.

The event is free of charge and designed for all Waimea-area students interested in pursuing higher education. For more information, visit or email

Kealakehe High’s SCC meeting Tuesday

Kealakehe High School’s Community Council will meet from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the staff cafeteria dining room. This is a change in the regular meeting day and time.

Items on the agenda include the 2014-2015 council election results and the school’s electronic use and early release policies.

Minutes of past meetings are available at

Parents, students and community members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Linda Jeffrey at the Parent-Community Center at 327-4300, ext. 2432.

Innovations students participate in National History Day contest

Innovations students recently participated in an islandwide National History Day competition held in Hilo. Four of them qualified for further competition at the state level.

Using both primary and secondary research, students focused on significant “turning points” – the competition’s theme – in history. The state competition will be held on Oahu in April; a national competition, for those who qualify, will be held in Washington D.C.

The Innovations qualifiers included ninth-grader Corbein, for “They All Fell Down,” a documentary film about The Black Plague; seventh-grader Mingxia, for “Economic Turning Point in History - The Credit Card,” a documentary film about the effects of the credit card; sixth-grader Juliana, for “The Economics of the Movies,” a documentary film about the effects of movies on the economy; and sixth-grader Norse, for “Feathered Dinosaurs and how it was a turning point in paleontology.”

Japanese Chamber donates $10K to HCC

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii has donated $10,000 to Hawaii Community College, funds that were raised during October’s “A Taste of Hilo” event.

Chamber members recently attended a luncheon at the college’s fine dining restaurant, Bamboo Hale, where they presented a $10,000 check to Hawaii Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane.

HPA scholarship auction slated April 27

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s 20th Biennial Scholarship Auction will be held April 27 at the Fairmont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort.

Hosted cocktails and auction preview begin at 5 with dinner at 6 p.m. Jim Bakker of James R. Bakker Antiques Inc. presides over the main event which opens at 7:30 p.m.

Auctions in 2009 and 2011 raised a total of more than $1.2 million to benefit the school’s financial aid program; 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to HPA students. Currently, 253 students — 236 of whom are from Hawaii — receive assistance from the program.

The auction is co-chaired by Laurie Ainslie, board of trustees member and former board chair, and Bernard Nogues, retired director of the Isaacs Art Center.

Gaylord Dillingham, director of the Scholarship Auction and director of the Isaacs Art Center, anticipates much interest in Lloyd Sexton’s “Ginger and Hiilawe Falls at Waipio Valley,” painted circa 1950, and Madge Tennent’s “Hawaiian Spring Song,” an original oil on canvas painted in 1936.

Featured items also include a D. Howard Hitchcock seascape, paintings by Martha Greenwell and works by celebrated artists including Jean Charlot, Hon-Chew Hee, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Horatio Nelson Poole, Shirley Russell, Harry Wishard and John Young. Other auction highlights include antique and modern koa furniture and bowls, and vacation packages.

“All members of the auction committee are actively working to find outstanding new art work, travel opportunities, and other surprises for the auction that appeal to guests in myriad ways,” said Dillingham. “This will be a historic event you will not want to miss.”

Dillingham will consider donations for the auction until March 31. All items are available for preview at

To support the auction, or purchase tickets – $150 per person – contact Janet Melton at 881-4044 or email Tickets include dinner, wines and champagne during the auction. Seating is limited; early ticket purchase is encouraged.