About Town: 06-14-18

Brantley Center Inc. benefits from Ohana Fuels donation

Brantley Center was the most recent beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ community giving program, a donation totaling $8,795.92.


Contributions provided by Ohana Fuels will be used to support Brantley Center’s mission: “To provide quality rehabilitation services that empower people with special needs to participate independently within their community through vocational skills education, job-readiness classes, or training in independent living skills.” The donation will allow the center to purchase much needed up-to-date equipment.

“With the new equipment, we will be able to expand our case load and offer services to added additional clients,” said Brantley Center’s program director, Dareth Pung-Boteilho. “We are extremely grateful for Ohana Fuels and their generous support of local charities.”

HCFCU awards $21,000 in scholarships to Big Island students

The dreams of nine Hawaii Island high school graduates are closer to being fulfilled with the support of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU). Through the credit union’s annual scholarship program, the students will receive scholarships to two- or four-year institutions of higher learning in the coming school year.

Eight of the scholarships are named after a volunteer or a manager who made significant contributions to the credit union.

• The John Y. Iwane Scholarship was presented to Taggart Nakamoto, a graduate of Konawaena High School. Taggart plans to pursue a career in chemical engineering.

• The Peter T. Hirata Scholarship was awarded to Rachel Ignacio of Waiakea High School, who plans to pursue a career in sports science.

• The Albert Akana Scholarship was presented to Nicholas Godoy of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii. Nicholas plans to pursue a career in general engineering.

• The Katsumasa Tomita Scholarship was awarded to Sharissa Bird of Honokaa High School. Sharissa plans to pursue a career in nursing.

• The Frank Ishii Scholarship was presented to Teah Van Bergen of Hawaii Preparatory Academy who will be pursuing a career in nursing with a prenatal emphasis.

• The Mitsugi Inaba Scholarship was awarded to Rowlie John Flores of Ka’u High School. Rowlie will be pursuing a career in government.

• The Michael Asam Scholarship was presented to Cheyenne Fuertes of Kohala High School. Cheyenne plans to pursue a career in kinesiology.


• The Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship was awarded to Lydia Robbins, who will be attending Barnard College and pursue a career in biology.

• The Student Credit Union Scholarship was awarded to Shaylee Thompson of Kealakehe High School. Shaylee will pursue a career in physics.

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