By The Way
Publisher’s Note: Many readers have responded positively to the recent enhancements made to the Oahu Island News. We thank you. “By The Way” now focuses on the good works of people, groups, charities and businesses that are helping to make Oahu a better place for us all, as well as on significant, positive achievements by our citizens, both young and old. Before going to press, we learned the Oahu Island News has been named one of the state’s top non-daily newspapers in the Hawaiian Publishers Association’s annual Pai awards competition.
UPDATE: The Oahu Island News received a Third Place
Award for Excellence for a Non-Daily Newspaper, bested only by the Pacific
Business News and the Lahaina News. No other Oahu-based, non-daily
newspaper was honored for excellence.
Pacific Federal Credit Union’s food drive ended March 11 with the collection
of 921 canned goods, five 20-pound bags of rice, two cases of saimin and $275.96
in monetary donations for the Hawaii Food-bank in support of its 16th Annual
Statewide Drive. “We all wish that we could be of more assistance to our
neighbors in need,” said Mark Yamane, president of Hawaii Pacific Federal
Credit Union. “Enabling someone to put dinner on the table for their children
is very rewarding—and so easy to do. All it takes is giving just a few things
from your own cupboard, and you can make a big difference in the lives of
others,” he added. “We’re very glad to conduct the drive and do our part,
and we thank everyone who contributed to the bins in our branches.”
is the fourth year that Hawaii Pacific Federal has coordinated a drive for the
Iris Tamura, senior loan officer at Hawaii Pacific Federal
Credit Union, counted 921 canned goods, five 20-pound bags of rice, two cases of
saimin and $275.96 collected for the Hawaii Foodbank’s 16th Annual Statewide
Outdoor Circle has received a bequest of more than $420,000 from the Trust of
Helena S. Buffett. The funds will be used to support The Outdoor Circle’s
efforts in preserving, protecting and enhancing Hawaii’s environment for
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Queen’s Medical Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine have been
awarded a $6 million partnership program grant from the National Institutes of
Health to conduct studies aimed at improving heart health of native Hawaiians
and other Pacific peoples.
Waikiki Health Center has received a grant of $5,000 from
First Hawaiian Foundation,
the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank. Funds will be used to help the center’s clinic and outreach programs for disadvantaged and vulnerable residents on Oahu. The Foundation gave another $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu.
Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Eleemosynary Trust presented the American Cancer
Society with a grant for $6,000 in support of Families Can*Sur*Vive – the
family conference for children with cancer, their parents, and siblings that
brings education, guidance and support to every family member of a young cancer
Schuler Family Foundation has given $5,000 to the American Cancer Society in
support of childhood cancer programs.
Domondon is this year’s recipient of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s ‘Ulu
Award. Pictured from left: Very Reverend Thomas L. Gross, diocesan administrator
for the Diocese of Honolulu; Rose Domondon; Roger Wall, chairman of the board of
directors of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i; and Jerry Rauckhorst, chief executive
officer of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i.
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Saint Francis School Varsity Softball team has made school history by winning
the Data House 2005 State Softball Title. It was Saint Francis School first ever
state team title. This team faced many obstacles in their first year of
participation without the assistance of other schools to fill a team. The future
of the team looks bright. All of the girls are returning next year.
here are (front row, l. to r.) Anita Manuma, Sasha Koki, Sydney Kaneshiro,
Ashley Smith, Alisha Sakamoto, and Kalyn Lee;(2nd row, l. to r.) Tawni Glushenko,
Mary Hanlon, Jovan Hire, Shannon Lum (manager) Brittney Akana, Chelsea
Nascimento, and Jandee Taira. Not shown are coaches Mark Glushenko, Ivan
Sakamoto, Derek Koki, Paul Smith, Jen Trela, and Todd Yamamura.