Red Raiders, Menehune get early presents

KUKUI’ULA — Kaua’i High and Waimea High school officials got an early start on holiday gift-receiving recently.

On the occasion of the annual employees’ meeting as well as Christmas party, Dick Holtzman of Kukui’Ula Development Co. Hawaii, LLC, presented Kaua’i High School Vice Principal Penny Vess and Waimea High School Principal Bill Arakaki with oversized grant checks for $5,000 each.

Holtzman said the funds are for the school leaders to do with as they choose, and is the company officials’ way of demonstrating their commitment and support to the community.

Holtzman said that Kukui’Ula Development employs many people who are alumni of these schools, and future residents of their projects would be investigating both schools as educational avenues for their children.

“Kukui’Ula Development Co. took its lead from the A&B (Alexander & Baldwin) Foundation in their commitment to the community,” Holtzman said.

“When we first got here, we demonstrated our commitment to health care, and the youth.

“With that in mind, it was an easy decision to present the grants to these two schools, whose alumni are currently employed here,” he continued.

“It gives me great pleasure personally to make these presentations,” Holtzman said, indicating that on a visit to Kaua’i High School by his wife, she came home with a high level of respect for the hard work being done by the staff.

“I personally appreciate what the schools do for the community,” Holtzman said.

Kukui’Ula Development Co. officials include representatives of A&B and DMB Associates. They are developing a 1,000-acre residential resort on the South Shore.

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