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Robert Landau Named New Executive Director Of Hawaii Association Of Independent Schools

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) Board of Directors has named Robert Landau the organization’s new executive director, replacing longtime Executive Director Robert Witt, who is retiring.

Landau has worked as an educator, principal, superintendent and director for notable schools across the globe. He most recently was deputy superintendent of the prestigious Singapore American School in Singapore. His career has spanned nearly forty years in Europe, Asia and the United States. He was chosen as HAIS executive director after an extensive search within and outside of Hawaii.

Student delegates lead prospective families on a guided tour to learn more about La Pietra – Hawaii

Student delegates lead prospective families on a guided tour to learn more about La Pietra – Hawaii

(Honolulu, Hawai’i, October 29, 2014) -- La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls will have its Fall Admissions Open House on Thursday, November 6 with tours starting at 5:15 pm and the program beginning at 6:00 pm.

During the Admissions Open House, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the value of an all-girls’ education and hear about the academic, athletics, arts, co-curricular and college counseling programs that La Pietra offers. The program will start with a student-guided tour of La Pietra‘s 21st century classrooms and facilities, and then hear from Mahina Hugo, Head of School, current students, parents, and faculty.

For more information or to register, visit our website at www.lapietra.edu. For questions or inquiries, contact Director of Admissions, Megan Meyer at (808) 922-2744 or by e-mail at mmeyer@lapietra.edu.

Sacred Hearts Academy student Travels to Russia

Sacred Hearts Academy student  Travels to Russia

Sacred Hearts Academy senior Zoe Sprott spent seven weeks over the summer learning the Russian language in Kirov Russia.   

Zoe was awarded a merit-based scholarship by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, to study language and culture through immersion in a host country. 

Sprott, one of fifteen students from the United States, lived in a dormitory among Russian peers for three weeks and spent the rest of the summer living with a host family.  For five hours a day, Zoe and her American peers, who entered the country knowing very little of the language, attended classes taught by Russian teachers.  During the last week of their stay, the students traveled from Kirov to Moscow (a thirteen-hour train ride) and toured Russia’s capital city.

Outrigger Resorts Signs on for Another Year at Highest Level of UH Athletics Sponsorship

Outrigger Resorts Signs on for Another Year at Highest Level of UH Athletics Sponsorship

Outrigger Resorts announced that it has renewed its partnership with the University of Hawaii Athletics as a Diamond Corporate Sponsor, building on nearly 21 years of support for UH student-athletes. As a Diamond Corporate Sponsor, Outrigger Resorts will be among the top tier of UH Corporate Partners. And that’s not the only thing to cheer about – UH Athletics fans can celebrate the long-time partnership with Outrigger’s FANtastic Deal, featuring special rates at select Outrigger properties until December 21, 2014.

“Our partnership with University of Hawaii Athletics is a home run given our shared commitment to help support the next generation of community leaders at the University of Hawaii,” said David Carey, president and chief executive officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “All of us at Outrigger are extremely proud to be a part of the UH Athletics ohana, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”

Keith Vieira Joins Shidler College of Business as Executive-in-Residence

By: Jacquelyn Tacotaco


The University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business has appointed Keith Vieira as an Executive-in-Residence beginning this Fall 2014 semester. Vieira was the former Senior Vice President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He is currently a Principal with KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting, assisting clients in Hawaii, French Polynesia and Samoa.

Five Years of Prevention: Hawaii Meth Project Appoints New Students to 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council

Five Years of Prevention: Hawaii Meth Project Appoints New Students to 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council

Twenty-two students from four islands to lead methamphetamine awareness and prevention efforts in schools and communities statewide

The Hawaii Meth Project’s Teen Advisory Council turns five today with the appointment of 22 student members to its 2014-2015 group. This year’s council, selected through a competitive application and interview process, is comprised of high school students from Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island who help to raise awareness about the risks of methamphetamine use and provide a teen perspective on the campaign’s strategies and messages. 

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Grants $10,000 In Scholarships To 10 Hawaii Students

HONOLULU – The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 Hawaii students to assist them in pursuing higher education at colleges and universities.

“The Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship fund helps students complete their higher education and become our next generation of innovators and leaders,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “Our grant will allow these outstanding students to focus on their educational goals.”

For the past five years, the fund has provided scholarship opportunities to current and past Safeway employees and their children. Students applied through the Hawaii Community Foundation, which administers the fund. They were required to have maintained a 3.0 grade point average, with preference given to students planning to attend a college or university in Hawaii.