Hot Shots – 5/12/21

Donation Helps Center Raise The Roof

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation recently donated $50,000 to Kukui Center to help with refurbishments to its roof. RSI Roo~ ng & Building Supply also helped by providing materials at a discounted rate. Kukui Center houses seven agencies: Family Promise Hawai‘i, Hale Kipa, Hawai‘i Immigrant Justice Center, Hawai‘i Literacy, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai‘i, Kids Hurt Too Hawai‘i, and Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawai‘i. Pictured are (from left) Judy Lind, Kukui Children’s Foundation executive director; Jim Reinhardt, board member; Jack Dwyer, board chair; and Cathy Ching, Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation trustee. PHOTO COURTESY KUKUI CENTER

Eighth-grader Wins Essay Contest

Thomas Lynch, an eighth-grader at SEEQS (School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability), was presented with a Veterans of Foreign Wars certificate and a $400 check from VFW Department of Hawai‘i for winning first place in the state’s annual Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Lynch won the contest with his essay on the theme, “What Patriotism Means To Me.” Pictured at the presentation are (from left), Gerri Enos, VFW-HI Patriot’s Pen chair; Roz Cox, national chief of staff, VFW of the United States; Joan Hill, VFW-HI president; Lynch; Ron Lockwood, VFW-HI commander; and Lynn Mariano, commander of VFW Post 8616-Diamond Head. PHOTO COURTESY VFW~HI

Keiki Give To HUGS Hawai‘i

Holy Family Catholic Academy and Early Learning Center recently presented HUGS Hawai‘i with a check for $1,100. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the school hosted a “Quarter Drive” for HUGS Hawai‘i. The effort was led by early learning center teacher Mary-Anne McMillan. Pictured here are Holy Family ELC students Brant Epperson (Ieft) and Melika Cleveland (right), proudly holding up their Quarter Drive donation jars. PHOTO COURTESY HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC ACADEMY AND EARLY LEARNING CENTER

First Insurance Honors 50+ Club Member

First Insurance Co. of Hawai‘i kicked off the new year celebrating a special milestone: associate Maggie Hayes (front, center) marked 50 years of service with the company. She began her career with the company on Jan. 11, 1971, as a file clerk. Today, she is a senior associate and plays a vital role in mailroom operations. She joins fellow associates Lois Yamasaki, Diane Okuma and Charla Chandler in FICOH’s 50+ Club. (From left) Suzun Weeks-Pell Johnnie Clark and Sylvia Agno celebrate with Hayes. PHOTO COURTESY FIRST INSURANCE CO. OF HAWAI‘I