Shining A Light On 2014 Grads

Congratulations to this year’s graduating classes from Kapaa High School, Waimea High School, Kauai High School, Island School and Kauai Community College. Your journeys have just begun, and I wish you all the best of luck with your future endeavors. Hats off to all the teachers who poured so much of their energy, time and love into their work this year. Kauai Department of Education recognized two such outstanding instructors — Clyde Hashimoto and Adreanna Clark — in last month’s Shining Stars episode. Hashimoto is a third-grade teacher at Kalaheo Elementary School, who incorporates project-based learning into his standards-based curriculum. Clark, a fourth-grade teacher at Kekaha Elementary School, uses songs to engage her students as they learn content, concepts and skills. The program can be viewed at vimeo.com/channels/kauaishiningstars

(from left) Michelle Dillberg, Peggy Stowe, Hope Atz, MOM Scholarship winner, and Dr. Kerry Dillberg | Photo courtesy Dillberg Integrated Healthcare

(from left) Michelle Dillberg, Peggy Stowe, Hope Atz, MOM Scholarship winner, and Dr. Kerry Dillberg | Photo courtesy Dillberg Integrated Healthcare

A special congrats to two Kauai wahine — Daisy Liberato of Lihue and Alyssa Mary Clark of Kapaa — who excelled at Creighton University in Omaha this year, graduating cum laude with Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences …

Graduates across the island, along with their parents and other interested community members, might be inclined to attend a perfectly timed Keiki to Career free public discussion Thursday (June 5) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. Karen Pittman, a national leader in youth development, will present “The Learning Curve: Improving the Odds for Kauai Youth,” about the importance of the community in helping young adults be “Ready by 21” for college, work and life. “Kauai’s young people are the next generation of workers, leaders and parents. What we do today to prepare them for life will shape the future of Kauai,” says Stacey Gillette, Keiki to Career Kauai coordinator. “We are excited to hear how creating quality learning opportunities in and out of school can help improve the odds not just for our youths, but the entire island.” For more information, visit keikitocareer.org or call Gillette at 482-4425 …

Hope Atz of Kalaheo won the second annual MOM Scholarship award of $3,000 for integrated services at Dillberg Integrated Healthcare in Poipu for one year. Her constant pain and inability to lead a life as active as she would like with her family led her to her win. She will use the health care facilities in hope of improving her condition. Ann Anderson was the contest’s runner-up and won a gift certificate in the amount of $650 for health care services …

Kapaa Post Office staff celebrate after a big day of collecting donations for the food bank. Photo courtesy Hawaii Foodbank

Kapaa Post Office staff celebrate after a big day of collecting donations for the food bank. Photo courtesy Hawaii Foodbank

National Association of Letter Carriers recently donated more than 10,000 pounds of food it collected to Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai branch, for this year’s annual drive. Local residents generously left bags of food in their mailboxes or brought them into post offices across the island for donation …

National Tropical Botanical Garden presents an art exhibit, “Living Endemic Birds of Hawaii,” from June 9 to Aug. 29. Original life-size watercolor paintings by artist Marian Berger will be on display in the Botanical Research Center at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Kalaheo most weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit ntbg.org/art for more information …

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