Wahi­awa Busi­nesses Help Fund Ed­u­ca­tion

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News - By ALANA FOLEN

AWahi­awa pri­vate school has forged a part­ner­ship with lo­cal busi­nesses to help pay the tu­ition for needy stu­dents now and in the fu­ture.

Ho‘ala School Wahi­awa Pro­fes­sion­als Schol­ar­ship Fund was de­vel­oped ear­lier this school year and has re­ceived $2,700 so far from Cen­tral Pa­cific Bank, Kane­maru Fam­ily Den­tal, Hawai­ian Eye Cen­ter, Sam Chen of MASH Cars, Cam­ou­flage Shop Inc. and den­tists Kerry S. Ishi­hara and Wes­ley Ni­hei.

“ With the eco­nomic un­cer­tainty, we thought that the busi­nesses would be in­ter­ested in help­ing chil­dren who live in Wahi­awa get a Ho‘ala School ed­u­ca­tion,” said school spokes­woman Dar­lene Dela Cruz.

“In our ap­peal to busi­nesses we men­tioned two high school stu­dents who are Wahi­awa res­i­dents and have at­tended the school since kinder­garten. They need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. They are top aca­demic stu­dents, have been very ac­tive in com­mu­nity ser­vice and need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.” ( To qual­ify for the schol­ar­ship, stu­dents must live in Wahi­awa and demon­strate fi­nan­cial need.)

“The num­ber of stu­dents that we will help will de­pend on the num­ber who ap­ply,” added Dela Cruz. “Right now we have 12 stu­dents. We will dis­trib­ute the funds re­ceived this year to some or all of them, de­pend­ing on their cur­rent fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stance.”

All do­na­tions are tax de­ductible. For de­tails, call 621-1898.

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