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Student Artists Receive Mayoral Awards/Returns from Japan's World Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Student Artists Receive Mayoral Awards/Returns from Japan's World Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

HONOLULUToyotaHawaii.com – The last week of August this year, Toyota Hawaii flew 13-year-old Teah Laupapa, from Kapolei, and 12-year-old Emma Thain, from Koloa, Kauai, to Japan for an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the World Dream Car Art Contest. The two girls, along with each set of parents, toured the city of Nagoya, visited a Buddhist temple, and painted a lantern. Laupapa recalls, “I liked the fact that I got to bond with my parents through the experience and that we were able to learn so much about the Japanese culture. Both Laupapa and Thain received an award of “Best Finalist” for their respective creations at the World Art Contest in Japan. (All winners’ artwork can be seen “here.”)

ALTRES Medical Announces Statewide Need for Nurses for Flu Season

ALTRES Medical Announces Statewide Need for Nurses for Flu Season

Flu season is just around the corner and ALTRES Medical, Hawaii’s leader in supplemental nursing services, is seeking more than 300 registered nurses (RNs), nursing assistants (NAs) and medical assistants (MAs) to administer flu shots to Hawaii students and assist at school flu clinics statewide. 

For the last four years, ALTRES Medical has been chosen to manage the statewide flu clinics for the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH).

The “Stop Flu at School” influenza vaccination clinics will be held on public school and private school campuses on all islands.

“The ‘Stop Flu at School’ clinics are a wonderful opportunity for nurses of all levels of experience to serve their local communities,” said Jenies Thomas, manager of ALTRES Medical. “Nurses can choose to stay in the neighborhoods they live in, work nearby, or they can request to be assigned to communities with the greatest need.”

We Get ‘Em! Community fundraiser to save UH Athletics announced

We Get ‘Em! Community fundraiser to save UH Athletics announced

On the eve of the University of Hawaii football team’s 2014 season opener, a grassroots community group today announced the launch of We Get ‘Em!, a fundraising campaign to support University of Hawaii athletics. The campaign is led by longtime UH athletics supporters Don Murphy of Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Raymond Noh of Noh Foods, and Kurt Osaki of Osaki Creative, who made the announcement at a press conference earlier this morning. We Get ‘Em! came together as a result of people and organizations throughout the state standing up to support UH sports and its student athletes. 

“UH fans have immense pride!” said Noh. “Upon hearing of the financial challenges that the UH Athletics Department is facing, supporters throughout the state were looking for ways they could personally help the situation.”

Keith Vieira Joins Shidler College of Business as Executive-in-Residence

By: Jacquelyn Tacotaco


The University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business has appointed Keith Vieira as an Executive-in-Residence beginning this Fall 2014 semester. Vieira was the former Senior Vice President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He is currently a Principal with KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting, assisting clients in Hawaii, French Polynesia and Samoa.

Five Years of Prevention: Hawaii Meth Project Appoints New Students to 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council

Five Years of Prevention: Hawaii Meth Project Appoints New Students to 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council

Twenty-two students from four islands to lead methamphetamine awareness and prevention efforts in schools and communities statewide

The Hawaii Meth Project’s Teen Advisory Council turns five today with the appointment of 22 student members to its 2014-2015 group. This year’s council, selected through a competitive application and interview process, is comprised of high school students from Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island who help to raise awareness about the risks of methamphetamine use and provide a teen perspective on the campaign’s strategies and messages. 

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

HONOLULU – The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 Hawaii students to assist them in pursuing higher education at colleges and universities.

“The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship fund helps students complete their higher education and become our next generation of innovators and leaders,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “Our grant will allow these outstanding students to focus on their educational goals.”

For the past five years, the fund has provided scholarship opportunities to current and past Safeway employees and their children. Students applied through the Hawaii Community Foundation, which administers the fund. They were required to have maintained a 3.0 grade point average, with preference given to students planning to attend a college or university in Hawaii.

HMSA Foundation Funds Colon Cancer Screening for Native Hawaiian Men, and Healthy Aging Education

HMSA Foundation Funds Colon Cancer Screening for Native Hawaiian Men, and Healthy Aging Education

The HMSA Foundation has awarded $93,300 to support two innovative new UH initiatives that will help improve the quality of life for Hawai‘i’s aging residents, and the health of Native Hawaiian men.

“Keeping Hawai‘i residents in the best health possible is a team effort that requires the combined efforts of individuals, their friends and family members, health care providers, and our community. Part of each person’s responsibility is to proactively do things for themselves and those around them,” said Mark Forman, executive administrator of the HMSA Foundation. “The Colon Cancer Screening program helps Native Hawaiian Men learn how to screen themselves through self-testing. The Healthy Aging Online Videos will give family caregivers much needed information so they can support the efforts of their health care providers. Both of these programs focus on the unique needs of Hawai‘i’s population and will help us work together to achieve a healthier Hawai‘i.”