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The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii‘s Corporate Council for the Environment raised more than $200,000 from 91 local businesses this year.

Businesses donating more than $10,000 include Alexander & Baldwin, Hawaiian Airlines, Monsanto Fund, Outrigger Enterprises, Shidler Family Foundation and Skyline Eco-Adventures. Other significant contributions came from ABC Stores, Blue Planet Foundation, the Cades Foundation, CMT-Asia, Goodfellow Bros., Haleakala Ranch, Hawaiian Telcom, Open Ocean Productions, ProService Hawaii and Rider Levett Bucknall.


The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Inc. has awarded scholarships to 60 high school seniors throughout the state.

Eugene Senda of Roosevelt High and Christina Lynn Economy of Waiakea High received $10,000 distinguished student awards. Andrew Ellison of ‘Iolani School was the recipient of the $5,000 outstanding student award. Seven seniors received $3,000 scholarships and 50 others were awarded $1,000 scholarships.

The Takitanis founded Hawaiian Host Inc., maker of Hawaiian Host chocolates.

New officers for the Hawaii Nurses’ Association union are:

President Joan Craft Vice President Robin Tanner and Secretary Marina Robinson, who join incumbent Treasurer Elayne Schwartz. Patt A. Gibbs has accepted a new two-year contract as HNA’s executive director.

Kahala Nui, a senior living retirement community in Waialae-Kahala, has donated $15,000 to Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Housing Assistance Program. The funding will be used for supportive services to help seniors live in the community as long as safely possible.

The City and County of Honolulu gave a $20,000 grant to the Honolulu Theatre for Youth for its 2009-2010 free community performance season.

The educational outreach program focuses on children and families unable to attend performances at Tenney Theatre or at school, and includes youth in the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility at Olomana.


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