Hot Shots – 5/18/22

Keeping Alive The Tradition Of Giving

Hawai‘i Western Management Group, together with its employee owners, donated $17,250 to Aloha United Way as part of its tradition of community giving. Pictured are (from left) Laurie Jim, chief financial officer, HWMG; Emmaly Calibraro, vice president of resource development and donor relations, AUW; Jenna Richards, business development manager, AUW; and Paul Kaiser, president, HWMG. PHOTO COURTESY HAWAI‘I WESTERN MANAGEMENT GROUP

‘Waterman’ Filmmakers Give To Foundations

To celebrate the theater debut of Waterman, a documentary about the life and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku, The Foundation for Global Sports Development donated $10,000 each to local organizations Nā Kama Kai and Ho‘oma‘a Foundation. Pictured are (from left) Duane DeSoto, Nā Kama Kai co-founder and CEO, who portrays Duke in the film; David Ulich, Waterman producer and president of The Foundation for Global Sports Development; and Brian Keaulana, Ho‘oma‘a Foundation president and director. PHOTO COURTESY THE FOUNDATION FOR GLOBAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

Panda Express Comes In First

Panda Express at Moanalua Shopping Center claimed the title of top Panda restaurant fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2021 after raising more than $45,000 for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawai‘i’s only CMN hospital. Pictured are (from left) Hoku DeFeo, Kapi‘olani CMN coordinator; Aaron Wu, Panda Express area coach of operations; Dawn Ching, Kapi‘olani vice president of hospital operations; Mei Lin, Panda Express general manager/training partner; Bryan Vlok, CMN Hospitals market director; and Colette Forcier, Kapi‘olani CMN program director. PHOTO COURTESY KAPI‘OLANI MEDICAL CENTER

UHWO Student Goes To Japan

The Consulate General of Japan recently held an award presentation ceremony for the 2022 Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology) Specialized Training College Students (Senshū Gakkō Ryūgakusei) Scholarships, and one recipient from Hawai‘i, Ace Cabangon (right), was selected to study in the ˛ eld of culinary arts in Japan. The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu student is the only one of three from the United States to receive this prestigious three-year scholarship. Pictured with him is consul general Yutaka Aoki. PHOTO COURTESY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN

JROTC Students Honored

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Hawai‘i, which supports a number of high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs statewide, presented medals to four Moanalua High School JROTC students on May 11. Pictured is Stan Fernandez (right), past state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Hawai‘i, as he pins a Junior Reserve Officer Corps medal on Cadet Sr. Master Sgt. Giyannah Fuata Neth. Cadet Airman 1st Class Koshiro Leonzon (front) and Cadet Lt. Col. Johann Kim (back) were also recognized. PHOTO COURTESY THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS DEPARTMENT OF HAWAI‘I