Sunday, March 25, 2012
|Kohala High School|
|Honokaa High School|
Congratulations to Kohala High School which represented Hawaii at the 2012 FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MO. Also representing Hawaii are Baldwin High, Island Pacific Academy, Kealakehe High, Waialua High, and Kalani High.
|Hilo High School|
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
|Principal Joyce Iwashita of Kalanianaole School in Papaikou with Mark and Reps Chang and Tsuji|
In her recommendation, Hilo/Laupahoehoe/Waiakea complex area superintendent Valerie Takata wrote, “When Joyce first became principal of the school, she needed to assess and reevaluate the school’s efforts. She did this with the support of the complex area team who conducted a comprehensive needs assessment with the school. This also meant she needed to make difficult decisions and work collaboratively with the staff to move to another providers who could better meet the needs of the school. Her leadership skills and courage enabled her to make this decision and to transition the staff with minimal disruption.
Under Principal Iwashita’s leadership, Kalanianaole School has shown dramatic student performance gains as measured by the Hawaii State Assessment. From 2004 to 2010, the percentage of students testing proficient in reading rose from 38 percent to 62 percent. In math, it rose from 9 percent to 47 percent.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|Mark with Rep. Scott Nishimoto and Rep. Corin Ching Representing Higher Ed.|
The University of Hawai‘i was showcased at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 13th, as part of the annual Hawai‘i State Senate Education Week celebration.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa coaches and athletic department members were be on hand to meet and greet legislators, staff members and the public, and to participate in a special “Punt, Pass, Kick” competition.
Staff from the 10 campuses of the University of Hawai‘i System will be in attendance with displays highlighting campus programs and students from the Kapi‘olani Community College culinary arts program will provide cooking demonstrations and samples.
House Captain Representative Scott Nishimoto scored the best PASS to insure that the House Team was not SKUNKED by the Senate or Administration Teams. The Administration captured the nest PUNT and KICK to take the 2012 competition.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
|Cooking teams assemble near the stage as awards are |
presented and teams are recognized for their efforts.
Several "celebrity" teams made of of representatives of the Governor's Office, County Council, Kohala Boys, ILWU, Mayor's Team and others prepared a variety of dishes from pastas, stews, and dumplings competing for selection as "Most Savory," "Most Creative," "Most Aromatic," "Best Presentation," and the "People's Choice" awards.
|Rep Cindy Evans, Mark, Rep Jerry Chang, |
Rep Heather Guigni, Trustee Robert Lindsey.
and Councilman Dennis Onishi
Friday, March 2, 2012
|Mark speaks with Artist Franco Salmoiraghi|
during the Art in the Capitol event.
|Mark with Arts in the Capitol Sponsors Rep|
Issac Choy, Sen Brian Taniguchi, Rep Della
Belatti, and Arts Ex Dir Eva Laird Smith
In recent years, the artists with pieces on display in the capitol have been invited to interact with the public and to speak to patrons about their pieces or inspirations. This year, Franco Salmoiraghi, a photographer who spent quite a bit of time photographing the Big Island spent time in my office and shared his experiences while working and touring Hawaii.
The Art in the Capitol program is part of the larger community "First Friday" events that has served as the downtown renaissance inviting lovers of the arts into the many galleries and performance spaces that now occupy the Downtown/Chinatown area.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
|Mark with Mayor and Mrs. Melandres De Sagun|
of City of Trece Martires is the youngest mayor
first elected at 25.
|Mark joins fellow Big Islanders Senator Gil |
Kahele and Mayor Billy Kenoi at reception for
Filipino Mayors at Washington Place