BY SEN. SAM SLOMUH Football Season Pau. I attended the final UH football game last Saturday (they won) against South Alabama (who?) with another small crowd. UH finished 3-9 in Norm Chow’s first year and in the Mountain West. They have a long way to go. Attempts to put together a final, final game with Temple fell through when UH thought attendance would be dismal.


Cheers for Te’o. This Saturday at 3 pm HST the prestigious Heisman Trophy will be awarded in NYC. Manti Te’o of Punahou and Notre Dame is one of three finalists. Only one other defensive player won the award previously. Te’o already has won the Dick Butkis and Bronco Nagurski awards. He is a great player, a great representative from Hawaii, but even more importantly, he is a terrific role model and the real deal for young – and not so young – people. Go Manti!


Lego Champs. Over 200 teams from schools statewide came to the Neil Blaisdell Center this weekend to compete and showcase their robots in the 2012 Hawaii FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championships.


During the 2012 season. FLL teams were tasked to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected to the communities.  The teams needed to find a senior partner, identify and learn about a problem faced by seniors, create an innovative solution to the identified problem, and share their problem and solution with others.  The teams must also design, build, test, and program an autonomous robot to accomplish the Challenge mission on the field. Champion’s Award: 1st Place: 6070- Molokai Middle School 2nd Place: 6394- Carden Academy of Maui


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HSFCU Donates $25K to Teachers. Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) has granted more than $25,000 to Department of Education teachers in 2012.


Hawaii State FCU offers the Investing in Education grant program annually to assist teachers in the Department of Education (DOE) to obtain much needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics equipment and basic necessities for the classroom. Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU has given just under $100,000.


The Investing in Education grant program began in 2009 with a budget of $10,000 and was referred to as the Helping Hands grant program until 2011. The need and amount of requests in the first year were so great that management approved an increase in funding in order to assist as many teachers as possible.


DOE teachers are granted up to $500 by submitting an essay about the needs, goals and uses of the money to improve student learning. Applicants must be members of Hawaii State FCU and be currently employed as a DOE classroom teacher. Submissions are reviewed and awarded as they are received until all program funds are disbursed or closing date of program occurs.


Teachers received grants for the following schools in 2012:


Kea’au High (Hawai’i Island), Baldwin High School, Haiku Elementary, Kahului Elementary, Kalama Intermediate, King Kekaulike High, Kula Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, Makawao Elementary, Maui High (Maui), Moloka’i High (Moloka’i), Ahuimanu Elementary, Aiea Elementary, Ala Wai Elementary, Aliamanu Middle School, August Ahrens Elementary, Barbers Point Elementary, Ben Parker Elementary, Blanche Pope Elementary, Central Middle School, Ewa Elementary, Hale Kula Elementary, Hokulani Elementary, James Campbell High School, Jarrett Middle School, Ka Waihona PCS, Kailua High School, Kailua Intermediate, Kapolei Middle School, Keone’ula Elementary, Lanakila Elementary, Leilehua High School, Lunalilo Elementary, Mililani Ike Elementary, Mililani Mauka Elementary, Millilani Middle School, Nimitz Elementary, Noelani Elementary, Pu’uhale Elementary, Roosevelt High School, Stevenson Middle School, Waianae High School, Waikele Elementary, Waipau High School and Washington Middle School (O’ahu).


SBH 2013 Conference. The 37th annual SBH Business & Investment Conference is coming soon! Save Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The SBH Conference will be held 8 am to 1:30 pm at the Ala Moana Hotel (Garden Lanai and Hibiscus Ballroom). There will be networking, business exhibit tables, a full luncheon and a tremendous program with outstanding speakers. Speakers include: ASTON’s Kelvin Bloom, the FBI’sTom Simon, Freedom Works’ Matt Kibbe, best selling authorBob Sigall and successful business owners, Kitty Lagaretaand Roy Yamaguchi. Luncheon keynote speaker is Ben Cayetano. He should have plenty to say! Sponsorships still available. Reserve now! Call Darlyn at 396-1724 for sponsorship or reservations.


Higa to Step Down. Long time State Legislative Auditor,Marian Higa, will step down December 31 after 21 years as the state Auditor. Will be interesting to see who emerges as her replacement.


Trees With Slugs. Several local retailers had their shipment of Christmas trees held up or returned last week because of a preponderance of slugs attached to the trees from the Northwest. Frogs too. Everything ok now.


HAL to Taipei. It seems every week Hawaiian Airlines adds yet another route. Because of the VISA Waiver program, Taiwan is now more lucrative and starting next July, Hawaiian will add several weekly flights to Taipei.


Chef Changes Venue. Pacific Business News reports thatGuido Ulmann is the new executive chef of Kana Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in Waikiki.

Ulmann had been the executive chef at Waialae Country Club since 2004. The native of Switzerland also has served as executive chef of the Los Angeles Hilton & Towers.


Chai Exits Aloha Tower, Chai will close his Aloha Tower restaurant at Aloha Tower.


CommPac Adds Fale. Communications Pacific (CommPac) has hired Erin Kealoha Fale as a senior account executive andDavid Lato as an account executive.


“As our community building and corporate communications work grows, we’ve been looking for some additional people with very special skills,” said Kitty Lagareta, CommPac CEO.


Before coming to CommPac, Fale served as chief of staff for state Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson. Earlier, she worked as an account coordinator in the Venice, Calif., office of the international public relations firm Ketchum.


Before joining CommPac, Lato was Easter Seals Hawaii’s grants program administrator, where he helped secure and manage more than $12 million in grants from government, corporations, local foundations and trusts. Earlier, he worked at Community Links Hawaii, where he administered $3 million in grant funds for a project targeting at-risk and vulnerable youth through digital media. He also worked in public relations at AlohaCare, where he spearheaded community and stakeholder outreach.


Communications Pacific is Hawaii’s leading integrated communications company, offering public relations, marketing, community building, crisis communication and enculturation services.


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