News and Events for Sunday, June 19, 2011

• Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity receives $5,000 grant •

Wailua-Kapa’a Neighborhood Association hosts hydro meeting •

Workshops offered on 2010 Census data • KCFCU announces scholarship

recipients • Carvalho keynote speaker for LBA Annual Meeting •

Space available in ‘Better Choices, Better Health’ senior

workshops

Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity receives $5,000 grant

Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity has been given a grant of $5,000 by the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, according to an announcement by Don Horner, FHB CEO.

The grant will support the program’s Tool and Equipment Fund, which enables low-income Kaua‘i families to achieve their dream of home ownership.

Since 1992, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity has been building homes for Kaua‘i residents across the island, and throughout different communities from Hanalei to Kekaha. Kaua‘i Habitat has completed more than 100 homes, and provided housing for more than 500 families. The Tool and Equipment fund makes it possible for Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity to offer low-income families the opportunity to own their own homes, which they help build themselves.

In 2010, the FHB Foundation and bank contributed $2.5 million to more than 400 non-profit organizations in Hawai‘i, Guam and CNMI. The foundation funds educational opportunities, health and human service needs, programs for children and youth, as well as culture and the arts.    

Wailua-Kapa’a Neighborhood Association hosts hydro meeting

“HydroPower — Navigating the Crossroads” features guest speakers Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative CEO David Bissell and Adam Asquith, petitioner and taro farmer, discussing the KIUC hydropower initiatives and ballot question on Free Flow Power and the FERC process, with opportunities for questions and answers. 

This is a free event to be held at the Kapa‘a Library. Visit www.wkna.org or contact Sid Jackson at 821-2837 for more information.

Workshops offered on 2010 Census data

Two workshops on how to access data from the 2010 Census and the 2009 American Community Survey are being offered by the U.S. Census Bureau in cooperation with Kaua‘i Community College and the County of Kaua‘i.

The workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 22 and 23 at KCC in the Learning Resource Center, computer laboratory room 123.

Pre-registration is required, and will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating is limited.

To sign up for the workshop, contact the Kaua‘i County Office of Economic Development at 241-4946.

KCFCU announces scholarship recipients

Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to enroll full time in college.

This year’s Your Choice Scholarship recipients are Kaitlyn Jarry, Christen Wilson and Kona-Kai Wilson from Kapa‘a High School, Ira Lapitan from Kaua‘i High School and Charleen Miguel from Waimea High School. 

Jarry will be attending Purdue University in Indiana where she will be pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Christen Wilson will attend Chapman University in California where she plans to get an elementary education degree. Kona-Kai Wilson will be attending the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has elected to pursue a degree in apparel product design and merchandising. Lapitan will be in Oregon at Portland State University majoring in child and family studies. Miguel will also be attending University of Hawai‘i at Manoa studying animal science. 

Carvalho keynote speaker for LBA Annual Meeting

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Lihu‘e Business Association Annual Meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday at Duke’s Canoe Club in Kalapaki Beach.

His upcoming talk will address innovative county programs and initiatives, with a particular focus on the Lihu‘e District. He is hinting that he may have a surprise or two to unveil at the meeting as well.

As the organization’s keynote speaker in 2009, the mayor presented LBA President Pat Griffin with a certificate proclaiming the day as Kaua‘i County Lihu‘e Business Association Day.

The LBA meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Pat Griffin at 639-1019.

Space available in ‘Better Choices, Better Health’ senior workshops

Registration is still being accepted for a series of interactive workshops for seniors 60 years and older with chronic health conditions as well as their caregivers.

Practical skills for healthy living while managing ongoing health conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, as well as stroke will be taught at the workshops.

Westside residents will have the opportunity to participate in the six-week workshop series on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 1. The program will be held at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center.

To register or to request materials in an alternate format or an auxiliary aid in order to participate in the workshops, contact Charlyn at the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470.

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