2013 Newsletter Spring


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After-School All-Stars Hawaii Spring 2013

Aloha All-Star Ohana,
It’s hard to believe that we started up the Hawaii chapter of After-School All-Stars in 2009.  Fast forward four years later, and serving nearly 2000 at-risk youth in eleven middle/intermediate schools on Oahu and the Big Island, we have made great strides.

Recently, Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui announced his commitment to bring after-school programs to all middle/intermediate schools in the state.  This was a momentous occasion, and we look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Tsutsui on his initiative.  Mahalo to our All-Star staff, our participants, their families, our principals and their admin, my board, and everyone that has in some way contributed to our organization.  I hope you enjoy reading about our All-Stars and their memorable experiences.
Warmest aloha,

Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar
President & CEO, ASAS Hawaii

Washington Middle School All-Stars Show the Love to the USS Houston

The All-Star Jewelry Class at Washington Middle School showed their gratitude to the service men and women of the USS Houston Naval Ship by making them over 100 lollipop-filled, heart shaped flowers containing hand written messages of appreciation. They were delivered on Valentine's Day, the day of their deployment.

Kualoa Ranch – Lucky We Live Hawaii!

All-Stars from eight Oahu sites toured Kualoa Ranch for a fun-filled day, learning about the ranch and the three ahupua'a it spans: Hakipu'u, Kualoa and Ka'a'awa. The All-Stars hiked and toured the 800 year old Moli'i Fishpond, learning how the ancient Hawaiians practiced food-source sustainability.

Ka'u UPLINK All-Stars Outshine the Competition!

The Track & Field Class at Ka'u High & Pahala Elementary competed in the annual A-Troop Track Meet, taking home 6 medals: 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze!

Kulia All-Stars Are Highly Polished

The Girls Club and inaugural Boys Club at Jarrett Middle School learned about good manners, dining etiquette and the art of polite conversation. Chef Dale's impressive All-Stars Cooking Class created "Kulia Restaurant" to give them a chance to practice their skills. The students staffing the restaurant cooked and plated a gourmet meal, and did an awesome job in their roles of maitre d' and servers.

All-Stars CEO Inspires La Pietra
After-School All-Stars President & CEO Dawn Dunbar, was invited to speak to the La Pietra student body for Women's History Month. She encouraged them to never be content, always look for ways to be better, and remember to give back to their community. Be innovative!

Kalakaua All-Stars Sing Their Hearts Out

The All-Star Glee Club toured campus on Valentine's Day, crooning sweet songs and cute messages chosen by the lucky recipient's special friend or secret admirer.

Central All-Stars Make the Grades and the Shots!

Over 30 Central All-Stars committed eight consecutive Saturdays to competing in an intensive basketball league, in addition to the rigorous practices three days a week and weekly grade checks. All players showed significant increases in basketballs skills as well as grades, many improving to A's and B's! Go Bulldogs!

All-Stars Get Active for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, All-Stars from Nanakuli Intermediate, Central Middle and Washington Middle participated in Hawaii Pacific University's annual event. HPU female student-athletes and their coaches put on clinics and games in all of the HPU sports – basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, softball, volleyball, golf and cheer.

Kea'au Receives the 2013 Heroes UnitedHealth Grant!

In the spirit of fighting childhood obesity, the ASAS Pride Runners (the student led committee overseeing the grant) have been leading their peers toward their program goal of running over 2,500 miles – the distance from Hawaii to the mainland! They are well on their way, having run 1,567 miles at the halfway mark!

Pahoa All-Stars Create Masterpieces

The art class at Pahoa All-Stars painted watercolor portraits so compelling, the school administrators requested they be displayed in their offices!

Nanakuli Stays Connected

The All-Stars and Makahiki Club at Nanakuli Intermediate partnered to celebrate a family night with traditional Makahiki festival games and food. It was a night full of games like o'o'ihe, 'ulu maika and kulakula'i. Families enjoyed Hawaiian foods like pa'i'ai, sweet potato, squid lu'au and fish.

Kumu Kau'i demonstrated how to make fresh pa'i'ai while the keiki enjoyed and waited for seconds!

Dole All-Stars Get Ready for High School Athletics

The All-Stars at Dole Middle are preparing themselves for High School sports through Mr. Jordan's High School Sports Prep Class. All-Stars are introduced to the basic fundamentals of a variety of sports through intense physical workouts and drills.

King's Stars Cafe Gets Rave Reviews!

The CEO class at King learned about all of the positions that create a successful restaurant, from the host(ess) to the back of house manager and everything in between. They cooked for, seated and served their peers and families, showing their well-practiced skills every step of the way.


The All-Stars at Washington Middle promoted this campaign wearing pins and bracelets in partnership with Special Olympics Hawaii to raise awareness against the "R-Word". The movement has been so popular that the school will have students create flyers in their media class to help promote the mission!

Wai'anae All-Stars Look to the Future

Wai'anae All-Stars participated in a college and career fair at Wai'anae High School, learning the importance of setting goals and making a plan for success.

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Kulia All-Stars Receive ASAS National Youth Advisory Board Grant

The Entourage Class at Jarrett Middle hit upon an award winning idea to re-use their empty juice pouches and boxes to create stylish wallets and bags, and sell them. The grant process included creating a business plan, complete with budget and pitch, which they were also asked to present at their faculty and School Community Council Meetings!

All-Star Friendly Scrimmage

The All-Stars from Wai'anae Intermediate and Dole Middle participated in good-will games of basketball, soccer and fun!

Shane Victorino Foundation Supports Hawaii All-Stars

The Flyin' Hawaiian generously donated $10,000 to help support After-School All-Stars Hawaii!
Mahalo to Kari Uyehara, Executive Director of the Shane Victorino Foundation, who visited All-Star programs.

Dancer's Delite Pumps Up the Science Fair

Kalakaua Middle School's Principal, Ms. Aiwohi, asked her All-Stars dance troop, "Dancer's Delite", to dazzle the attendees of the Honolulu District Science Fair at Kapi'olani Community College. They delivered, as always, wowing the audience with their sensational energy and enthusiasm!

NFL Charities ProBowl Grant

For the third year in a row, ASAS Hawaii was honored to receive the NFL Charities ProBowl Grant of $3,000.

Pahoa All-Stars Dig In!

As one of the 5C Friday Activities, the All-Stars at Pahoa Intermediate planted kalo on their campus, showing their "Contribution" to the school.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation Donates $25,000!
Mahalo to The HEI Foundation (Hawaiian Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company) for their continued support of the All-Stars' mission to serve Hawaii's at-risk youth with quality after-school programs.

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
Bert A. Kobayashi, Kobayashi Group

Jeffrey Watanabe, Watanabe Ing
Jason Fujimoto, HPM Building Supply
Lynn Watanabe, Community Volunteer
Susan Kobayashi, Community Volunteer
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Author/Educator
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.
Brad Downs
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 Community Foundation
Hawaii Electric Light Company
Hawaii Sergeants Major Association
Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation
Hawaiian Electric Company
Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation
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
Cheryl Merner
Mid Pac Petroleum
Bill Mills Development
Monarch Insurance
NFL Charities
Next Design
Nordic PCL
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
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
Kamran Razavi
Remedy Intelligent Staffing
Resort Management Group
Chuck Rettig
Stephanie Reynolds
Royal Contracting Co., Ltd.
Sean Satterfield

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

The Shane Victorino Foundation
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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