Kiana Borengasser KSK’13, a Peru State University (Peru, Neb.), has been researching cockroaches to help find a cure for malaria. Her research centers on gregarines or gut parasites in cockroaches. She recently had the opportunity to present her finds to the Rocky Mountain Society of Parasitologists at the Cedar Point Biological Station in Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska. In addition to her studies, Kiana is a runner on the university’s cross-country team.
Harley Jardine-Smith KSH’11 received the Navy and Marine Achievement Award for serving on the Persian Gulf Operation Enduring Freedom project. He was commended for service in Norfolk, VA, 1st duty station as a member of the U.S.S Carl Vinsson, a third class Nimitz supercarrier. Also, Harley was recently named Junior Sailor of the Year for Point Mugu Naval Air Station.
Makana Tocman Reilly KSK’01 completed her Master’s in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i in Dec. 2016 from the Kawaihuelani School for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Alaka‘i Development (AD) welcomes Cayenne Pe‘a KSK’00 as principal of Alaka‘i Development. In her role, Cayenne will oversee the finance and accounting efforts for both the private sector development and operating assets of AD, a new Hawai‘i-based rental residential development firm whose mission is to meet the need of Hawai‘i’s housing shortage by developing quality rental residences.
Retired Judge William Fernandez KSK’49 recently published his fifth book titled. John Tana, An Adventure Tale of Old Hawai‘i. The hero, John Tana, is a 17-year-old orphan who loses his kuleana in north Maui to a sugar baron after the Great Mahele. John seeks out distant relatives in Lahaina where he struggles to understand the impact of westernization and Christianity. Whalers and sailors torment him. A beautiful cousin is tempting but under the new religion, is off limits. When he learns that the sugar baron hired a killer thug to find him, John realizes he must leave the island and sails his canoe to O‘ahu. In Honolulu, he meets a future king, a French girl, and learns the forbidden art of lua. To learn more about William and his books, visit www.kauaibillfernandez.com.
Aloha mai kākou,
Hope you all are having a good start to the New Year! We have a lot going on at the Pauahi Foundation over the next few months.
Our scholarship season just kicked off earlier this month. The Foundation offers over 100 scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate study in a variety of fields. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2017. The online application is available on our Scholarship Program page. Make sure to spread the word with the college student(s) in your ‘ohana!
On April 3, 2017, we will be hosting our 5th Annual Pauahi Golf Series at Nanea. The Nanea Golf Club is a premier golf course on Hawai‘i Island. This tournament raises money for multi-year scholarships that will help students finish their college education. For tournament information, please visit the Pauahi Golf Series at Nanea event page.
There are a number of alumni events on the horizon. Make sure to mark your calendars for the following:
• Jan. 26 – Warrior Networking in ‘Ewa
• Jan. 29 – KSAA Northwest – Founder’s Day in Seattle
• Jan. 30 – Ka‘iwakīloumoku Cultural Event Series Meet and Greet
• Feb. 9 – Honoring Princess Ruth Ke‘elikōlani
• Feb. 18 – Alumni at Aulani
• Mar. 4 – KSAA SoCal – Founder’s Day in Southern California
• Mar. 17 – Song Contest Viewing Party
Mahalo for your continued support!
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,
Interim Executive Director
Nicole Bento KSK’00 was recently promoted to assistant news director at Hawaii News Now (KGMB/KHNL/KFVE). She previously worked as the station’s digital content director, overseeing all its web, app and social media products. Now, she manages all aspects of Hawaii News Now’s TV and digital news coverage.
Paiao Wright-Ah Sam KSK’08 and Troy Thornton were married in Loveland, Colo., on Aug. 28, 2016.