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After-School All-Stars Hawaii Holiday 2012

Aloha All-Star Ohana,
With the holiday season, there is so much to be thankful for.  After-School All-Stars Hawaii is fortunate to have the support and resources of our National office in Los Angeles.  Most recently, National opened up an office in Washington DC, and I had the opportunity to visit and spend some time with the other chapter’s Executive Directors, as well as hear from representatives from a variety of offices of the Federal government. 

I was honored to have a meeting with Senator Daniel Inouye, to share with him our progress and plans for expansion. I enjoyed talking story with him as he shared his memories of going to Washington Middle School (an ASAS site), and how he was lucky to have a mother who could be there for him when he came home from school.  He pointed out that in these days, he knows that it is a hardship for working or single parents, and that programs like ours is much needed.  I so appreciated having that time with Senator Inouye and thank him for his support of Hawaii’s youth.
We are also pleased to have started up our programs on The Big Island at three schools, which are featured below. Mahalo to the DOE, principals and GearUp for helping with this start-up. And, as always, thank you to our dedicated team, and to our faithful donors and supporters!
Have a safe and happy holiday,

Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar
President & CEO, ASAS Hawaii

Ka'u Intermediate & Pahala Elementary All-Stars Rake The Harvest

In addition to making homemade dishes with local ingredients, Ka'u's Foods of Hawaii Class also took a field trip to The Ka'u Coffee Mill, where the All-Stars participated in the harvesting.

Pahoa Makes Ono Party Grinds!

The Pahoa Uplink-All-Stars' first ever culminating event showcased the Culinary Class, which made spam musubis, fried rice, and rice krispies treats. Parents also brought "pot luck " without being asked  (just showing aloha Puna style)! The vocal performance and hip-hop dance classes were also a big hit.

Kea'au Middle School is Set!

Kea'au Middle School's Uplink All-Stars enjoyed learning the game of volleyball.  Students prepared for their upcoming match against Ka'u Intermediate, and developed solid teamwork skills. 

CampUs Hawaii – We Are Ready!

This past summer, 65 All-Stars participated in CampUs, a three day, two night camp at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Sessions on high school transition, going to college and exploring career options were covered each day, and staying in the dorms and eating in the cafeteria gave our All-Stars a true taste of college life!  Thanks to all of our guest speakers and Lt. Governor Brian Schatz for sharing their insights and motivating our All-Stars (who are now freshmen in high school).

Jarrett's Kulia All-Stars Warm Up To Voting

In anticipation of Election Day, students got to see a draft copy of the Palolo precinct’s primary election ballot and had a mock election where they were able to cast their vote. They also participated in a game called "Temperature Check" to encourage them to consider some of Hawaii's "Hot Button" issues. Students had to choose from the different options they were presented and be able to explain their reasoning behind their choice.

Central All-Stars Mad About Science

Central Middle School's "Mad Scientist" Class learned how different materials react by sampling their own combinations of materials. Every week, students do different experiments such as “exploding lunch bags,” “lava lamps,” and “rocket balloons.”

King Is Sweet To Staff

King Intermediate's Service Learning Class came up with the idea to make "Cookies and Cards" for their administrators, teachers and staff.  The students learned a lot by going through the entire process from idea, to work, to assembly, to pride in their finished product.

Ulana Ike All-Stars Rise To The Challenge

The All-Stars at Dole Middle School are learning the basics of ROTC from the students of the Farrington High School ROTC program. The All-Stars are now in charge of flag duty every morning and afternoon and doing a fantastic job!

Intermediate Athletics Has Arrived!

Waianae and Nanakuli Intermediate Schools both scored the chance to participate as pilot schools for the first ever Middle/Intermediate School Athletics program, which was launched to promote public school athletics as an incentive for students to do well in the classroom while getting healthy and fit. Congratulations to Waianae for their end of season win!

Nanakuli Prepares The Way

The Nanakuli All-Stars gardening class prepared a raised grow bed, featuring fresh produce and herbs.  At harvest time, the cooking class will use the bounty in their dishes. This special project is a partnership with Nanakuli’s science teachers Ms. Wight and Ms. Kirkland.  The students also dug in to help make vermacast, which is part of Ms. Kirkland’s ELT students’ science experiment.  

Washington All-Stars Planting Hope

Washington Middle School's Heroes Class started their service learning project at Ronald McDonalds House. Every month, 15 All-Stars maintained the garden and playground for families that stay there while their child is being cared for at the hospital.

Kalakaua Shakes Up The System

Kalakaua Middle School dancers were invited to perform at Pu’uhale Elementary School’s ‘Ohana fair. Students were excited to be reunited with their Elementary school teachers, friends and family. Their performance was such a hit that the Principal already has the dance group booked for next year’s Fair! 

Lights On After School Rocks The Capitol!

Over 350 All-Stars from our eight middle schools on Oahu rallied together at the State Capitol to bring awareness to the importance of after-school programs.  From sign waving to performances by all sites, it was an afternoon filled with Gangnam Style Zumba and the Wobble Wobble.  Thank you to Lt. Governor Brian Schatz, Senator Jill Tokuda and emcee Augie T for helping support this effort. Our All-Stars had a blast!

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3rd Annual All-Star Affair

Another great evening, another success!  Mahalo to all of our supporters for believing in the All-Stars and making this event truly memorable!  Our All-Stars stole the evening once again, and UH Men’s Basketball Coach Gib Arnold was great as auctioneer, along with Tia Carrere and Dan Cooke.

Kulia All-Stars Enjoy Special Speaker 

Tyler Kruse of McNeil Wilson Communications spoke to the All-Stars at Jarrett Middle School about the public relations industry, including helping to promote the new movie, "Battleship". 

Sports Showdown is a Hit

At the 5th Sports Showdown, All-Stars competed in flag football, volleyball and kickball. King Intermediate took home the trophy.

Mahalo to John Weldon and Wendy Ching of Business Solutions Technologies for providing all of the food, drinks and volunteers to officiate the games.

Making Lumpia at Ka'u

Mahalo McInerny!
ASAS Hawaii was awarded a generous $125,000 grant from The McInerny Foundation. Thank you to the trustees for believing in the All-Stars!

Announcement of Intermediate Athletics

Thanks to the leadership of Keith Amemiya, Governor Abercrombie and supporters like Kamehameha Schools, Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, etc. our intermediate students now have the opportunity to play competitively in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball. 

Many Thanks to the Swayne Family
The Swayne Family Foundation awarded an $18,000 grant to the All-Stars. Mahalo!

Special Olympics Hawaii

After-School All-Stars continues its partnership with Special Olympics Hawaii, and our teams recently competed in basketball and bocce ball tournaments. Congratulations to our medal winners in basketball: Gold – Waianae Intermediate, Silver – Washington Middle, Bronze – Dole Middle.

Grant from Reverend Takie Okumura 
We thank the Reverend Takie Okumura Family Foundation for contributing $10,000 to support middle school youth!

Holiday Giving
Hawaii Sergeants Major Association raised $500 to support the All-Stars. Also, thanks to Sgt. Major Melvin Fields, his church (USAG-HI Consolidated Chaplains Fund) did a collection drive and gave After-School All-Stars $1,894. Sgt Major Fields presents the donations to Program Director, David Asato.


2012-2013 Board of Directors

Greg Dickhens (Chair)
Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts

AJ Halagao (Vice Chair)
Hawaiian Electric Industries

Brett Brewer (Founding Chair)

Lori Abe (Secretary)
McNeil Wilson Communications

Richanne Lam (Treasurer)
Morgan Stanley

Dawn M. Dunbar
ASAS Hawaii

Lori Harrison
Kaiser Permanente

Avi Mannis
Hawaiian Airlines

Jim Polk
Bank of Hawaii

Advisory Board
Winston Chow, First Hawaiian Bank
Jim Donovan, University of Hawaii
Jason Fujimoto, HPM Building Supply
Bert A. Kobayashi, Kobayashi Group
Susan Kobayashi, Community Volunteer
Brett Seitman, It's All About Kids
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Educator
Jeffrey Watanabe, Watanabe Ing
Lynn Watanabe, Community Volunteer
Brady Yee, Pacific Contract

All-Star Ohana Donors
Alexander and Baldwin
America's Mattress
American Savings Bank
Anthology Marketing Group
Atherton Family Foundation
Bank of Hawaii
BEI/Marathon Group
Bickerton Lee Dang Sullivan
Eric Brand
Brett and Sky Brewer
Campbell Family Foundation
Carlsmith Ball
Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
Central Pacific Bank
Chung Kun Ai Foundation/City Mill
Cooke Foundation, Limited
Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation
Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
Walter A. Dods Jr.
David and Dawn Dunbar
Farmers Hawaii
FIrst Hawaiian Bank
First Insurance
Jason Fujimoto
Galiher DeRobertis Ono
Gear Up Hawaii
The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii
Grace Pacific Corporation
Michael and Sandra Hartley
Hawaii Sergeants Major Association
Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation
Hawaiian Electric Company
Hawaiian Electric Industries
Hawaiian Telcom
Hensel Phelps Construction
Heyer & Associates
HMSA/HMSA Foundation
Peter and Michelle Ho
Hotel Wailea
Island Movers
It's All About Kids
JN Automotive Group
Kaiser Permanente
Kamehameha Schools
Kaneohe Ranch Company
Kobayashi Group, LLC
Bert A. and Susan Kobayashi
Ko'Olina Hawaii
Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts
Jim and Lynn Lally
Richanne Lam
Langtry Estate & Vineyards
Gabe and Shirley Lee
Bryan Luke and Cathy Luke
The MacNaughton Group
Dr. Eugene and Jayne Matsuyama
McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon
McInerny Foundation
Mid Pac Petroleum
Bill Mills Development
Monarch Insurance
NFL Charities
Next Design
Nordic PCL
Reverend Takie Okumura Family Foundation
Pacific Contract
The Pacific Resource Partnership
Painters Union Local 1791-LMCF
Matt and Alana Pakkala
Philpotts Interiors
Jim and Robyn Polk
ProService Hawaii
Queen's Medical Center
Resort Management Group
Chuck Rettig
Stephanie Reynolds
Royal Contracting Co., Ltd.

Dr. Todd Seto
Kosti Shirvanian
Star Advertiser
Swayne Family Foundation
Donn and Sisi Takaki
Thomson Reuters/Westlaw Next
Marc and Charlene Tilker
Tori Richard

WCIT Architecture
Jeff and Lynn Watanabe
Watanabe Ing
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Westlaw/Thomson Reuters
Zhou Enlai Peace Institute
Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation

Mahalo for helping our kids succeed in school and in life! 

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