Hot Shots – 3/1/23

Scholarship Paves Way For Students

Paubox, a provider of HIPAA-compliant email and online forms founded by Hoala Greevy, recently recognized eight recipients of the Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship at its third annual networking event. The scholarship was created in 2019 to encourage Native Hawaiian students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by providing $1,000 each year until graduation. Since its inception, Paubox has awarded $39,000 to 21 students. Pictured are scholarship recipients (from left) Allena Villanueva, Taylor Moniz, Taysia Morioka and Dylan Dinio. PHOTO COURTESY PAUBOX

Organization Donates $1.4 Million To UH

Hawai‘i Pacific Foundation, an organization whose mission is to empower Native Hawaiian communities, recently distributed $1.395 million to more than half a dozen programs at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Among the benefactors is UH’s Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, which received $380,500 from the nonprofit to support its Ke A‘o Mau initiative. Pictured are (from left) Walt Kaneakua, director, Hawai‘i Pacific Foundation; Hali‘amaka Gora, assistant to the CFO, Hawai‘i Pacific Foundation; Tetine Sentell, interim dean, UH Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health; Theresa Kreif, assistant to the dean and director of strategic initiatives and communications, UH Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health; Edwin “Skip” Vincent, chairman, Hawai‘i Pacific Foundation; and Jory Scoville, president and CFO, Hawai‘i Pacific Foundation. PHOTO COURTESY SCOTT NISHI, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I FOUNDATION

Grant Helps Theater Take Center Stage

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has donated $500,000 to Diamond Head Theatre’s newly constructed auditorium. The longtime community playhouse has been under construction since fall 2020. Pictured (from left) are foundation executive director Tertia Freas and DHT trustees Ken Okamoto, Elizabeth Hokada, Deena Dray, Cathy Ching and Bob Fujioka. PHOTO COURTESY DIAMOND HEAD THEATRE

Day Of Aloha Has Major Impact

MC&A staff and special guests from across the nation came together for its 2022 Day of Aloha Community Service Project, during which 140 MC&A employees worked together to revitalize Waikīkī Community Center’s interior facilities and exterior common areas. More than $28,000 worth of supplies and gifts were donated for various tasks including cleaning, repairing and painting facility rooms, landscaping, gardening, renovating its community garden and the painting of a large mural at WCC’s playground. In addition, 200 special care packages were assembled and wrapped with donated goods and gifts for Hawai‘i’s kūpuna and families in-need. PHOTO COURTESY MC&A