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Sign Up for JA’s High School Company Program

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Latest News | Comments Off on Sign Up for JA’s High School Company Program

UPDATE: Due to weather impact, the registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 31st (for application by online form–see original post for link, or by email to jahilo@jahawaii.org or text to 808-292-0570).

The JA Company Program is gearing-up for fall 2018. From September through December, East Hawaii high school students will meet on Tuesday nights to create their company, manufacture and market products, give back to their community, make friends, and hopefully also make some money.

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If you know of high school students who may be interested in the program please have them contact their social studies teacher or school office for a JA application, or signup online here. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 27th and Application Night is Tuesday, September 4th from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Hilo High School (note new location for Application Night only). The program itself is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm at Waiakea High School through December 11th.

If you have questions about the program, or if you are a business professional interested in helping to advise one of the teams, please contact JAHI district manager, Alan Shiraishi at jahilo@jahawaii.com or 808-292-0570.

Welcome Alan, Our New District Manager

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Latest News | Comments Off on Welcome Alan, Our New District Manager

Welcome Alan, Our New District Manager

Alan Shiraishi is no stranger to Junior Achievement, having been a volunteer for JA’s elementary, intermediate and high school programs for 14 years.  In May, Alan came aboard as JA of Hawaii Island’s part-time district manager. In addition to his knowledge of JA, Alan comes to the organization with over 40 years of experience in business management in the banking industry. Alan is also well connected in the community with current and past affiliations with the Waiakea Lions Club, Toastmasters International, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, to name a few. (more…)

Young Hawai‘i Island Entrepreneurs Recognized At 38th Annual Junior Achievement Awards Banquet

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Latest News | Comments Off on Young Hawai‘i Island Entrepreneurs Recognized At 38th Annual Junior Achievement Awards Banquet

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i Island congratulated outstanding young entrepreneurs and awarded $3,500 in scholarships at the 38th Annual “Futures Unlimited” Awards Banquet on January 30, 2018 at Sangha Hall.

The Junior Achievement company program helps high school students develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills by guiding them through the creation of a small business, from product development to marketing and sales. The awards recognize the hard work of the students and advisors from local businesses.

A familiar face returned home to Hilo to keynote the awards banquet. Jimmy Chan, founder of the Hawaiian Chip Company, is a 1993 Waiākea High School graduate and a Junior Achievement company program alumnus. He shared his entrepreneurial journey with the audience, and spoke about the importance of the lessons he learned through Junior Achievement.

The three student companies participating in this cycle were Branching Out sponsored by Big Island Toyota, Young Creations sponsored by HFS Federal Credit Union, and Zenith sponsored by HPM Building Supply. Company members sold their products to friends and family, and to the public at a trade fair held at Prince Kūhiō Plaza in November. Over the course of the cycle, the companies sold over $31,000 in merchandise.

Branching Out was named Outstanding Company Of The Year, and was also recognized for having the highest company sales at $11,652. Zenith was recognized for having the most compelling presence at the trade fair.

There was a tie for Outstanding President – awards were presented to Daniel Briski of Young Creations and Brittney Williams of Branching Out. Outstanding Vice Presidents were also recognized for their contributions to their companies: Kanoe Kama (Branching Out – Finance), Kalsey Nacis Jr. (Branching Out – Production), Naya Nguyen (Branching Out – Marketing), Keziah Soares (Branching Out – Human Resources), and Kira Taylor (Young Creations – Public Relations) received the awards.

The top three salespeople of the year were Tristen Cullio of Branching Out with $2,277 in sales, Brittney Williams of Branching Out with $2,050, and Daniel Briski of Young Creations with
$1,063.  Other awards were given to Naya Nguyen of Branching Out for Outstanding Sales Presentation, and Brittney Williams of Branching Out for most products sold and highest individual sales at the trade fair.

The Junior Achievement sponsoring businesses instill the value of community service in their own employees and set excellent examples for the participants. Companies collaborated with Hale Ānuenue Restorative Care Center, Operation Christmas, and an effort to send aloha to members of the U.S. military abroad. This year’s Community Service award was given to Young Creations in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the community.

In addition to the awards recognizing achievement in the program, $3,500 in scholarships were awarded to six seniors who excelled both in the program and in other aspects of scholastic life: Crismel Juan of Young Creations (Kea‘au), Naya Nguyen of Branching Out (Waiākea), Princess Fatimah Rasalan of Young Creations (Kea‘au), Keziah Soares of Branching Out (Kea‘au), Brittney Williams of Branching Out (Waiākea), and Alfred Zuniga of Zenith (Kea‘au). This is the 29th year that Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i Island has awarded scholarships to participants.

“We are so proud of our students’ efforts and know that they have bright futures. The Futures Unlimited Banquet is a great opportunity to celebrate their success,” said Jeanine Acia, district manager for Junior Achievement of Hawaiʻi Island. “We also must thank our volunteer mentors who give so generously – our program would not be a success if it weren’t for them.”

Junior Achievement is an organization founded in 1919 that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in students nationwide. Locally, the organization is powered by members of Hawai‘i Island’s business community who serve as advisors, sponsors, and volunteers. To get Junior Achievement in your K-12 classroom, or to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor, contact District Manager Jeanine Acia at (808) 292-0570 or jahilo@jahawaii.org.

Young JA Entrepreneurs Build Business Skills This Weekend

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Young JA Entrepreneurs Build Business Skills This Weekend

Young JA Entrepreneurs Build Business Skills This Weekend

Eighty-one students from three East Hawaii high schools are excited about more than turkey and family this Thanksgiving. For the last eight weeks they have designed, test-marketed and manufactured their companies’ products, and on Black Friday they’ll find out how well their wares sell during the Junior Achievement Trade Fair. The annual two-day event will be held at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day.

The students are organized into three companies, each sponsored by a local business and advised by members of Hilo’s business community.

Branching Out is the JA company sponsored by Big Island Toyota. They will feature handmade hemp-cord and seed bead wish bracelets as well as custom-decorated gift card holders.

“As you wrap the wish bracelets around your wrist you make your wish, which can correlate to the color of the beads. After a bit of ‘wear and tear’ the bracelet will break and your wish will be released,” says company president, Brittney Williams. “Releasing your wish does not guarantee that it will come true,” Williams adds.

HFS Federal Credit Union sponsors the company, Young Creations, who will be selling laser-cut earrings and stone bead bracelets at the Trade Fair. “We’ve thought a lot about quality,” says their student President, Daniel Briski. Briski explains, “The earring hooks are kidney shaped, making the wooden design secure, and hypoallergenic.” “JA teaches you a variety of different skills, including how to work as a team with people from different backgrounds that you’ve never met before,” says Briski.

Zenith is the name of the third JA company this season, which is sponsored by HPM Building Supply and Bank of Hawaii. Zenith’s student employees developed custom-designed marble mugs, as well as phone accessory kits containing micro USB fans and pop-socket phone holders with stickers.  Zenith President, Albert Zuniga says, “we individually dipped each mug in nail polish and warm water, giving each a special design, which makes them a unique gift for coworkers, family or friends to display plants, pencils or candy.”

Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program Begins!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program Begins!

Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program Begins!

It’s that time again! Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island is participating in Give Aloha.

While shopping at Foodland and Sack N Save you can also support Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island.

To participate, simply use your Maikai Card and code: 78722 at checkout.

In addition to the matching gift Foodland will share with Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island there will also be bag credit donations. Currently, when you shop using your reusable bag you have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit or 3 HawaiianMiles for each reusable bag you use when shopping at Foodland. During September, customers may choose to donate their 5¢ bag credit to the Give Aloha matching gifts fund!

 

Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program has begun!

Cashiers will be ready to accept your donations!!

Give Aloha, Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program

 

 

Looking for Students to Make Friends & Money

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Looking for Students to Make Friends & Money

Looking for Students to Make Friends & Money

Please share this great opportunity with all East Hawaii high school students:

From September through December over 100 budding entrepreneurs from East Hawaii high schools will form and operate mini-companies. With guidance from local business people, for over 12 weeks these students will experience business hands-on by analyzing markets and product opportunities, manufacturing and marketing their products, accounting for all revenues and expenses, and managing their company resources.

Companies meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9:00pm at Waiakea High School. The Application Night is Tuesday, September 5th starting at 6:30pm. To be invited to the Application Night students must complete the sign up forms available from their school.

If you’re not quite sure but would like to learn more, send us an email at jahilo@jahawaii.org. We are also looking for adults from the business community to serve as advisors to our student companies.

Join Us in Honoring Sig Zane & Nalani Kanakaole to the Business Hall of Fame

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Join Us in Honoring Sig Zane & Nalani Kanakaole to the Business Hall of Fame

Join Us in Honoring Sig Zane & Nalani Kanakaole to the Business Hall of Fame

2017 BUSINESS HALL OF FAME RECEPTION

Honoring our Big Island Inductee

Sig Zane and Nalani Kanakaole of Sig Zane Designs

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 5:00 pm Nani Mau Gardens

Tickets: $75.00 individually or $600 for a Reserved Table of Eight.

For reservations, please complete the RSVP Card by August 18th

For more information please call 989-5788 or email scheele4ihrc@yahoo.com.

 

Sig Zane has lived his entire life in Hawaii, raised in Kaneohe and graduated from Roosevelt High. Surfer, fisherman, designer, retailer, Hawaiian cultural artist and practitioner, Zane
moved to Hilo for college and never really returned to Honolulu. Nalani Kanakaole, raised in a traditional Hawaiian manner, is a fifth generation hula teacher. Art history major, teacher, and cultural leader, Nalani has lived her entire life in Hilo, raised on homestead lands in Keaukaha.

Sig Zane Designs opened their doors in 1985 in downtown Hilo, when other shops wouldn’t carry their work. The first twenty years was spent quietly in Hilo, building a library of art focused on native plants important to hula and to the culture. Hand cutting his designs and hand-screening the fabric, Zane uses the aloha shirt as a canvas to express stories of our islands and its culture. His works spans more than three decades, first beginning with the simple two-yard pareu, a sarong made as gifts for friends. Besides aloha shirts, his art has been used on airplane livery, in hotel rooms and on the sides of buildings. The company also designs logos. Hawaiian Electric is one of his most visible brand identities.

The company and their work has always involved the ohana. As a team, they continue to share their insights to art and culture in their work with corporations, the visitor industry, and especially for the next generation of islanders. His son Kuhao has been working for the company for the past fifteen years and runs the design department, leading its growth both in Hilo and Honolulu.

Through story, they believe they can help perpetuate the teachings of their forefathers, ensuring that the next several generations will have a strong connection to our island’s roots and traditions.

We hope you will join us as we honor the contributions of this family to our island business community. Mahalo.

Past Big Island recipients of this prestigious award include:

  • Robert M. Fujimoto, HPM Building Supply, 1990
  • Allan K. Ikawa, Big Island Candies, 1995
  • Jack Miyashiro, Jack’s Tours of Hilo, 1997
  • Tony Taniguchi, KTA Super Stores, 1998
  • Edward T. Fukuda, Kandi’s Drive Inn, 2001
  • Richard S. Miyashiro, Cafe 100, 2002
  • David S. De Luz Sr., David S. De Luz Sr. Enterprises, 2004
  • Harold Tanouye, Green Point Nurseries, 2007
  • Richard Ha, Hamakua Springs Country Farms, 2008
  • Herbert Monty Richards Jr., Kahua Ranch, 2009
  • Barry K. Taniguchi, KTA Super Stores, 2010
  • Richard Henderson, Entrepreneur & former State Senator, 2011
  • Ric Maiava & Debra Ching-Maiava, Restaurateurs, 2012
  • Russell Oda, Architect, 2013
  • Wayne & Guy Kamitaki, Lynn Ushijima, and Paul Mizoguchi, HouseMart, 2014
  • Brian Kitagawa, I. Kitagawa & Company, Ltd., 2015
  • Michael Tokunaga & Peggy Konanui-Tokunaga, S. Tokunaga Store, 2016

Young Hawai‘i Island Entrepreneurs Recognized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Young Hawai‘i Island Entrepreneurs Recognized

Young Hawai‘i Island Entrepreneurs Recognized

Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island congratulated 48 outstanding young entrepreneurs and awarded $3,500 in scholarships Jan. 24 during its 37th annual Futures Unlimited awards banquet at Sangha Hall.

The Junior Achievement company program helps high school students develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills by guiding them through the creation of a small business, from product development to marketing and sales. The awards recognize the hard work of the students and advisers from local businesses.

The three student companies participating in this cycle were Aloha Co. sponsored by HFS Federal Credit Union, P.O.N.O. sponsored by Big Island Toyota and Synergy sponsored by Bank of Hawaii. Company members sold their products to friends and family, and to the public during a trade fair in November at Prince Kuhio Plaza. During the course of the cycle, the companies sold more than $27,000 in merchandise.

Bank of Hawaii sponsored JA Company “Synergy”

Aloha Co. was named Outstanding Company of the Year and had the highest company sales at $9,900. P.O.N.O. was noted for having the most compelling presence at the trade fair and Synergy’s Eric Tejada was awarded Outstanding President.

 

The top three salespeople of the year were Brittney Williams of P.O.N.O. with $1,431 in sales, Kilar Fujimoto of Synergy with $1,335 and Ruby Galapon of Aloha Co. with $1,274.

The Junior Achievement sponsoring businesses instill the value of community service in their own employees and set examples for the participants. Companies collaborated with KTA Super Stores to put on their haunted house, shared random acts of kindness and collected food for The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. Synergy received this year’s Community Service award.

2017 Scholarship Recipients (L-R): Ruby Galapon, Maria Calso, Eric Tejada, Breena Bratt and Joy Galvez

In addition to achievement awards, $3,500 in scholarships were awarded to five seniors who excelled in the program and other aspects of scholastic life: Maria Calso, Joy Galvez and Tejada of Synergy and Galapon of Aloha Co., all Keaau High School students, and Breena Pratt of Synergy (Hilo High).

“The growth we see in our students is obvious at the culmination of our company program with the Futures Unlimited banquet,” said Jeanine Acia, district manager for Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island. “We are so proud of their efforts and know that they have bright futures. Our program would not be a success if it weren’t for our volunteer mentors who give so generously.”

Mahalo Hawaii Island!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Latest News | Comments Off on Mahalo Hawaii Island!

Mahalo Hawaii Island!

Aloha a Mahalo Hawai’i Island for Giving Aloha!

Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program has ended for 2015.
We are still in need of donations for Junior Achievement of Hawai’i Island. Your donations enable our volunteers to deliver JA Programs in K-12 schools on Hawai’i Island. Schools and students are counting on our support and we’re counting on you. Thank you for your continued support of Junior Achievement on Hawai’i Island.

Mahalo a nui loa to Foodland and everyone who Gave Aloha!
from Junior Achievement of Hawai’i Island Volunteers


September 1st, 2015

Our organization is participating in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program.  

JA of Hawaii Island’s Code is 78722.

This program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.

Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island is participating in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. This program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.

How It Works

From September 1-30, customers are invited to make donations up to $249 to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Individuals must use their own Maika’i card to make a donation. Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation made with a Maika’i card. Donations made without a Maika’i card will not be matched.

Matching Gift

The Western Union Foundation has generously donated $50,000 to add to Foodland’s gift of $250,000 to Hawaii non-profit organizations participating in Give Aloha this year. Therefore, the total gift that will be given to all participating organizations combined is $300,000!

How to Donate

At checkout, present your Maika’i card (or give your 10-digit number) and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island, code number 78722. If you do not have a Maika’i account, you may establish one by telling the cashier you would like to do so; you will need to give a unique 10-digit number (such as your phone number).

  • Tell the cashier how much you would like to donate. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total.
  • You may donate up to $249 per organization (any amount in excess of $249 will not be matched).
  • Be sure the cashier reaffirms our organization’s name and amount that you are donating.
  • Any donation must be made payable to Foodland or Sack N Save.
  • The name of our organization and the amount you donate will appear on your receipt.
  • Donor names will not be released to our organization. If you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly so that we may properly acknowledge your gift. You may ask the cashier for a duplicate receipt to submit to us.
  • You may donate up to a cumulative of $249 per organization over the course of several store visits.
  • You may make donations to more than one organization.

Are These Donations Tax Deductible?

Give Aloha donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please save your store receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation. You may ask the cashier for a duplicate receipt.

How Matching Gifts Will Be Calculated

Every year, the matching gift percentage varies and cannot be pre-determined. For the past few years, the matching percentage has been between 20%-25%. Thus, if a customer donated $100 to an organization, Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s matching gift was $20-$25. The actual matching gifts will be calculated at the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their % of Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s $300,000 matching gift. The portion of the matching gift that each organization will receive will be based on the total dollar amount of customer donations designated to that organization as a % of all customer donations received for all organizations. For example, if total combined customer donations for all participating organizations equal $1,000,000, and $10,000 (1% of total) in donations are designated for organization XYZ, then organization XYZ will receive 1% of $300,000, or $3,000 from Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s matching gift in addition to the $10,000 from customer donations. Total gift to organization XYZ = $13,000.

 

Thank you for your donation to JA of Hawaii Island and/or to the numerous other organizations who provide valued services in our state. And a special mahalo to Foodland!

Get Powered Up for the JA Company Program

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Latest News | Comments Off on Get Powered Up for the JA Company Program

Get Powered Up for the JA Company Program

Please share this great opportunity with all East Hawaii high school students:

From September through December over 100 budding entrepreneurs from East Hawaii high schools will form and operate mini-companies. With guidance from local business people, for over 12 weeks these students will experience business hands-on by analyzing markets and product opportunities, manufacturing and marketing their products, accounting for all revenues and expenses, and managing their company resources.

Companies meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9:00pm at Waiakea High School. The Application Night is Tuesday, September 1st starting at 6:30pm. To be invited to the Application Night students must complete the sign up forms available from their school or available online at

2015 Company Program Application Night Sign-up Form

If you’re not quite sure but would like to learn more, send us an email at jahawaii@gmail.com. We are also looking for adults from the business community to serve as advisors to our student companies.