About Town 04-25-19

  • Savannah Watak, first place.
  • Wilfred Reimers, second place.
  • Left: Savannah Watak, English Language Learner speech contest first place. Center: Girls from Kealakehe High who presented a group poem about endangered animals pose under a welcome banner. Right: Wilfred Reimers, second place. (Courtesy photos/ RANDY KRIS RICHARDS)

Kealakehe Elementary School council seeks community reps

Kealakehe Elementary School Community Council (SCC) is accepting nominations for the community and parent components for the school years 2019 to 2021.


Representatives are asked to serve for two years. The council’s primary roles are to review the school’s academic and financial plans to ensure students’ needs are met, provide opportunity for discussions on school improvement, participate in evaluation of the principal, and submit request for waivers. The council meets monthly in the library.

Deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. May 17. Nomination forms are available in the school office.

Info: Nancy Matsukawa, 313-7900.

Visitor Industry Charity Walk May 11

The Hawaii Island Visitor Industry Charity Walk will take place May 11 at Queen’s Marketplace. Following the walk, the always popular post-race celebration will take place at the Waikoloa Bowl.

Registration begins 5:30 a.m. The 5k run begins at 6:45 a.m. The 5k walk begins at 7:30 a.m.

The 41st annual fundraiser benefits nonprofit organizations on the Island of Hawaii and across the state.

It brings together HLTA chapters, member hotels and businesses and other sponsors and is held on six islands, with each county organizing its own walk. In 2018, the Hawaii Island Charity Walk raised $323,000 and awarded funds to 64 nonprofit organizations on our Island. Hawaii Island’s goal for 2019 is $325,000.

There will be entertainment by Da Braddahs and music featuring Hawaii’s “hottest award-winning DJ Tiger,” children’s activities, silent auction and food booths.

Info: www.charitywalkhawaii.org

English Language Learner speech contest thrives


The Department of Education’s English Language Learner speech contest was hosted by the University of Nations April 12, and was the contest’s biggest year yet, with 182 students participating from 13 schools across all of West Hawaii.

The school that took first place again was Honokaa High, with a stirring group recitation of “The Gettysburg Address.” Savannah Watak (pictured) from Kealakehe High took first for her original rap-poem about prejudism on The Big Island. Wilfred Reimers from Kealakehe, took second place for Story Telling, relaying a legend his father taught him from the Marshall Islands called “Letao the Trickster.”

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