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Waimanalo's Punahele Pires, Princess of Lana'i Leads her Pa'u Unit

Waimanalo, Hawaii.  The Princess of Lana'i Island is Waimanalo homesteader, Mrs. Punahele Pires (Hale Pires) and daughter of WHHA Secretary Moana Akana led her pa'u unit in the Aloha Festival Parade through Waikiki Saturday, September 27, 2014 among tourist, locals and families in the "ga zillions!"

"We're so proud of Punahele and the huge amount of supporters which raised monies, spent countless hours gathering the flowers, ferns and kaunaoa this past week.  Their hard work, dedication and enjoyment every evening made the whole experience worthwhile." commented Aunty Moana.

Her pa'u unit also included other riders from her acquaintances at school and also serving on the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Assocation (WHHA) Board which included Mr. Keaka Kealoha as the page, "which he had won first place in last years Aloha Festivals Parade.

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200+ Participates at University of Hawaii - Manoa & KAPLAN - FREE ACT-PSAT-SAT Practice Test

Honolulu, Hawaii.  A little over 200+ high school students from public, public charter schools and private schools attended a FREE ACT-PSAT-SAT Practice test at the University of Hawaii at Manoa - Manoa Educational Talent Search (METS) program a TRiO grant funded b=through the U.S. Department of Education of the Student, Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) Department of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in collaboration with KAPLAN..

The ACT and SAT tests are admissions tests which a majority of the colleges and universities in the United States accepts or requires as their admissions process for entering into their post-secondary institutions. The SAT which started at 9:00 a.m. ended at 1:45 p.m. with over 100 students taking this "practice" in preparation for the real tests beginning this Fall.

The PSAT is given to all students entering their junior year and normally administered at their high school.  This test is given only "once" and determines whether a student becomes eligible for receiving national merit scholarships.  

Students and parents are often confused or not informed as to the purpose for this test and assume its "practice for SAT" as they see the PSAT; however, the scores received from this test can provide great opportunities for students and families alike with entry into colleges and universities nationwide.

"We extend our congratulations and best wishes to every student who took this opportunity and to make every second count in their preparation for the college or university of their choice," remarked Paul Richards, METS Program Director at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


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