2012 Newsletter Spring



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After-School All-Stars Hawaii Spring 2012

Aloha  All-Star Ohana,

From time to time, I’ll bring my two children to All-Star programs and events they can participate in, such as helping pick up trash near the Kalihi Valley stream.  When my eight year old daughter Mie, who attends third grade at a public school tells me that she wished her school had an All-Star program, I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot.  It’s a testament that our programs have an appealing interest to youth, and it doesn’t matter what community you’re from, it’s the sheer fact that our kids feel safe doing productive and fun things that keep them on the right track.  Where else can you go everyday and learn how to make sushi, garden some herbs and vegetables then use it in cooking, work in the lo’i, meet Coach Chow from UH Football, play in a softball tournament, go skiing in Mammoth or attend an overnight camp at UH Manoa?

Of course this is all because of our team.  Without them we would not have mentors and role models guiding our youth, helping to motivate them to secure a meaningful future.  Mahalo to our All-Star staff for their commitment in making our programs a memorable experience.

Warmest aloha,

Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar

President & CEO, ASAS Hawaii


Coach Chow Visits Jarrett All-Stars

Coach Norm Chow visited Jarrett Middle School’s Kulia All-Stars. Coach Chow, who is originally from Palolo Valley, shared some words of wisdom and signed autographs for the students. He was accompanied by assistant Coach Keith Uperesa, who also grew up in Palolo Valley. It was great for the students to meet these two successful coaches who were raised in their own community.

Central All-Stars Celebrate World Water Day

In celebration of UN World Water Day, Central Middle  School’s All-Stars visited the Kalihi Pumping Station, Board of Water Supply Fred Ohrt Museum.  Students learned about the history behind Hawaii’s water supply and its growing infrastructure.

Partnering with the YMCA to visit Ulupou Heiau

The All-Stars at Dole Middle School are learning about Pacific Island Cultures. They learned about how our ancestors provided food for their families, built structures for living, and what their daily lives looked like. Students were treated to a fieldtrip, sponsored by the YMCA, to the Ulupou Heiau in Kailua where they were able to see firsthand a Native Hawaiian site used for fishing and agriculture. In May, they will have a chance to be a part of a canoe building project.

Waianae Beach Clean-Up

Nearly 40 Waianae Intermediate School students and faculty members participated in the People’s Path Beautification Community Clean-Up and Beautification Project sponsored by Senator Maile Shimabukuro and After-School All-Stars Hawaii. Approximately one ton of trash was removed. All-Stars spent the morning collecting trash, helping load it on to garbage trucks and planting new vegetation.

Pacific Business News Women Who Mean Business

Our very own President and CEO Dawn Dunbar gained recognition from Pacific Business News as a finalist for the Business Woman of the Year in the non-profit category.  This was great recognition for the All-Star organization, and the team got to enjoy the festive event.


All-Stars across Oahu are currently competing in the new Zamzee Project.  A product of Hope Labs, our students are piloting a new device to motivate youth to get physically fit while linking to technology. These pedometer like devices allow participants to track their physical activity online and build virtual characters. It’s been a fierce competition, with our sites vying for the weekly recognition. Most recently, King Intermediate’s All-Stars were awarded certificates courtesy of McDonalds.

Messy Olympics in Nanakuli

Nanakuli All-Stars celebrated a Freestyle Friday with “Messy Olympics”.  It was all about teamwork and getting messy!  Grace Perez and Chenoa Gaudia-Charles anxiously await an activity that involved balloons filled with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and water.

All-Star Summer Programs coming to Dole and Washington

With the support of partner Gear Up, the All-Stars will offer its very first summer programs at Dole and Washington Middle Schools.  For six weeks, students will participate in an arrangement of academic, enrichment and health activities.

Kalakaua’s All-Stars Working Hard!

At Kalakaua Middle School, Miss Sherly’s Heroes class had great success in their efforts to raise funds with their lemonade stand.  Miss Tiana’s hip-hop class recently performed with the Kamehameha Dance Company in their annual concert “School-n-Life.”  

All-Stars work the Lo’i

All-Stars got together to help farm the lo’i on Global Youth Services Day.  The All-Stars got down and dirty working in the taro patches at University of Hawaii’s Kanewai site.

All-Stars Partner with Special Olympics of Hawaii

A recent partnership with Special Olympics of Hawaii has developed a competitive All-Star team comprised of regular education and special education students.  Six ASAS sites participated in a softball tournament as part of Project UNIFY, and here our Waianae All-Stars team up for a photo.

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Coming Soon to the Big Island!

We are thrilled to be able to launch ASAS programs on the Big Island next school year at Ka’u Intermediate, Kea’au Middle and Pahoa Intermediate Schools.  What a great opportunity to serve more students and expand to the neighbor island!

Anthology Marketing Group Employees Giving Spirit

As part of their holiday tradition, the employees at Anthology Marketing Group contributed over $3000 in proceeds from their Yuletide Store designated to the All-Stars.

Ho’ike Award

Nanakuli Vice Principal Flora Nash congratulates Standford Garcia-Diamond for scoring 319 on his HSA reading (above), and Zekaria Baker-Clanton for most improved reading score on the HSA (below).

Max Holloway visits Waianae Intermediate

Max Holloway, the youngest fighter in the UFC, returned to his alma mater, Waianae Intermediate School to speak with our All-Stars. Holloway discussed the importance of education, goal-setting and finding positive influences during after-school hours.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Youth participate at the All-Star booth at the 2012 YMCA Healthy Kids Day at Bishop Museum.

All-Star Affair, August 31st

Help support our All-Stars by attending our 3rd annual All-Star Affair, Friday, August 31st, 5:30 pm at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Email us at hiinfo@asashawaii.org for more information.

Zhou Enlai Peace Institute, Christian Dior and Nihao Media Support the All-Stars

Thanks to an introduction from board member Maya Soetoro-Ng, the All-Stars were the grateful recipient of a $5000 contribution on behalf of the Zhou Enlai Peace Institute, Christian Dior and Nihao Media.

26 Second Campaign

All-Stars learned valuable lessons during our 26 second campaign.  Did you know 1 student drops out of high school every 26 seconds?


2011-2012 Board of Directors

Greg Dickhens (Chair)

Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts

AJ Halagao (Vice Chair)

Thomson Reuters

Brett Brewer (Founding Chair)


Lori Abe (Secretary)

McNeil Wilson Communications

Richanne Lam (Treasurer)

Morgan Stanley

Dawn 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, UH Athletics

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

Founding Ohana Donors

Alexander and Baldwin

American Savings Bank

Atherton Family Foundation

Bank of Hawaii

BEI/Marathon Group

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

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation

Walter A. Dods Jr.

David and Dawn Dunbar

FIrst Hawaiian Bank

First Insurance

Galiher DeRobertis Ono

The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii

Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation

Hawaiian Electric Company

Hawaiian Telcom

Heyer & Associates

Peter and Michelle Ho

Island Movers

It’s All About Kids

Kamehameha Schools

Kobayashi Group, LLC

Bert A. and Susan Kobayashi

Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts

Jim and Lynn Lally

Richanne Lam

Gabe and Shirley Lee

Bryan Luke and Cathy Luke

The MacNaughton Group

Dr. Eugene and Jayne Matsuyama

McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon

Bill Mills Development

Monarch Insurance

Next Design

Nordic PCL

Pacific Home

The Pacific Resource Partnership

Painters Union Local 1791-LMCF

Matt and Alana Pakkala

Jim and Robyn Polk

Queen’s Medical Center

Resort Management Group

Chuck Rettig

Stephanie Reynolds

Royal Contracting Co., Ltd.

Dr. Todd Seto

Kosti Shirvanian

Star Advertiser

Donn and Sisi Takaki

Thomson Reuters/Westlaw Next

Marc and Charlene Tilker

Jeff and Lynn Watanabe

Watanabe Ing

Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation

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