In Brief | Schools 8-21-13


Kahakai SCC meets Tuesday

Kahakai Elementary School Community Council is meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the principal’s office.

Items on the agenda include a review of the school’s mission, bylaws and self-assessment survey, and identifying areas and strategies for improvement.

HGEA awards scholarships

The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest labor union, recently awarded 37 HGEA Charles R. Kendall and Russell K. Okata Scholarships to HGEA members or dependents who are attending or plan to attend a college, university or vocational or trade school. Recipients were selected based on financial need, academic ability, personal letter and recommendations.

West Hawaii 2013-2014 scholarship recipients include Luke Van der Spoel and Brooke K. Kise.

Van der Spoel of Kailua-Kona was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. He will attend Rice University.

Kise of Kapaau received a $1,500 scholarship. She will continue her studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

HPA to screen ‘Dirty Energy’

Hawaii Preparatory Academy launches its 2013-2014 Ohana Sustainability program with a screening of “Dirty Energy” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. The public event is free; doors open at 6 p.m.

The film brings to light the stories of Louisiana fishermen and residents directly impacted by the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Filmmaker Bryan D. Hopkins gains intimate access to the lives and homes of these people, as they struggle to rebuild their lives. The film questions whether the cure to oil spills — dispersants — might be worse than the harm.

“‘Dirty Energy’ is particularly relevant to the state of Hawaii now because … Hawaii has pre-approved use in state waters of the very same toxic Corexit dispersants that were used in the Gulf of Mexico and now are known to cause extensive long-term harm to human health and the environment,” said oil spill expert Riki Ott.

Ott, who is featured in the film, will participate in a panel discussion that follows, along with health, culture and science representatives. For more information, contact Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231 or mwkoh@hpa.edu.

For more about the film, visit dirtyenergymovie.com.