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Hawaii News Now, 08.12.15, Local Company K20+ Donates T-Shirts to Hilo Elementary Schools

Big Island News Now, 08.11.15, Hilo Union Participates in Complex Branding Project

Hilo Union Elementary kindergarten students set to graduate from high school in 2028 were presented with class t-shirts on Monday.

The students received the shirts as part of a volunteer pilot program for the Hilo-Waiakea Complex to improve the branding of Hilo High School. Hawai’i State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi presented the t-shirts to the students and was accompanied by Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area Superintendent Brad Bennett, Hilo Union Elementary Principal Erin Williams, Kurt Osaki with K20+ and the Osaki Creative Group, Wayne Kamitaki with K20+ and House Mart Ben Franklin/Ace Hardware Hawai’i, Hilo High School Foundation and Big Island Candies’ Allan Ikawa, and Newton Chu with the Hilo High School Foundation.

T-shirts were donated by K20+, a local company that began by the principals of Osaki Creative Group and HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts and Ace Hardware Hawai’i. Kindergarteners are being giving the shirts in hopes of inspiring the class to pursue the long-term educational journey thought process that would last until high school graduation.

K20+ joined in on the project with roots in the belief that school branding is important and can positively impact student, faculty, and community pride and engagement. As part of its commitment to building school pride for the State of Hawai’i’s public school system, K20+ is donating time to oversee the program.

“The ultimate goal of this project is to build school pride for the students, alumni, and communities of Hawai’i’s public school system. We believe that school branding will be the catalyst in building school pride, and with pride, the potential of our students is endless,” said Kurt Osaki.

Features of the program include:

  • Working with the Hilo High School Foundation on giving a portion of the proceeds raised by the program back to the school.
  • Creating an educational program allowing students to start and run an on-campus merchandise store and e-commerce site.
  • Partnering with local businesses to extend the Hilo High School brand and grow their donor base. All participating businesses will be expected to give a portion of their sales back to the school.

Hawaii Tribune Herald, 08.06.15, Hilo Kindergarteners to Receive Class T-Shirts

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State Department of Education Super-intendent Kathryn Matayoshi will present class T-shirts to the incoming kindergarten class at Hilo Union Elementary during a 9:30 a.m. assembly Monday.

The T-shirts are being donated by K2O+, a local company started by the principals of Osaki Creative Group, HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts and Ace Hardware Hawaii. The donation is part of their involvement in a volunteer pilot program for the Hilo-Waiakea Complex to improve branding of Hilo High School.

The T-shirts are being given to the incoming kindergarten class to inspire a long-term educational “journey” thought process with the students, culminating in graduation from high school.

K2O+’s involvement is rooted in its belief that they understand the importance and power of school branding and how it positively can influence student, faculty and community pride and engagement.

Features of the program include:

• Working with the Hilo High School Foundation on giving a portion of the proceeds raised by the program back to the school.

• Creating an educational program allowing students to start and operate an on-campus merchandise store and e-commerce site.

• Partnering with local businesses to extend the Hilo High brand and grow their donor base.

K2O+ is donating its time in overseeing the program as a part of its overall commitment to building school pride for the state of Hawaii’s public school system.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 04.13.15,  5 Things We Love:

5 THINGS WE LOVE: GRADUATION

For Monday, April 13, 2015

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 13, 2015

Personalize with mascot stickers

When it's time to dress up your graduation sign, head to Ben Franklin Crafts for graphic vinyl stickers that showcase local high school mascots. Whether your grad is a Radford Ram or a Waia­lua Bulldog, HM High's 4-inch stickers are perfect for personalizing balloons or plastering on a photo collage. Check out the collection at hmhigh.com. The stickers sell for $1.99 apiece at Ben Franklin Crafts in Market City Shopping Center, Enchanted Lake, Mapunapuna, Pearl City, Hilo and Kahului.

—Donica Kaneshiro

West Hawaii Today, 12.10.14, Hilo High's New Gym Opens:

Hilo High’s new gym opens

Published December 10, 2014 - 1:00am

By Colin M. Stewart
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hilo High alumni, friends and family packed into the school’s new gymnasium Tuesday night for the first game to be played in the facility as the Hilo Vikings girls basketball team faced off against the Kealakehe Waveriders.

The Vikings opened the gym with a lopsided win, downing the visiting Waveriders 60-8.

The long-anticipated building has met with delay after delay since its earliest inception, the latest being a series of small additions and changes that needed to be completed before the gym could qualify for its certificate of occupancy from the county. The gym was supposed to celebrate its grand opening Sept. 13, but that was canceled after a dispute that delayed completion of concrete pouring for the building’s driveway fronting Waianuenue Avenue.

School officials are expected to meet later this week to schedule a new grand opening celebration, but the regular use of the gym is set to begin.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Hilo High School Athletic Director Kurt Kawachi. “There’s been a couple of delays that have put a little bit of a damper on things, but the staff, community and especially the players and the coaches are now very excited about having a facility we can call our own. We’re looking forward to some great games and matches for years to come.”

Hilo High Principal Robert Dircks echoed those thoughts.

“Everyone, including parents, have been anxiously waiting to place their ‘ownership’ stamp on our new gym,” he said. “The athletes (girls volleyball, girls and boys basketball and wrestling) have been working out since our receiving the Certificate of Occupancy from the county. You can sense a certain amount of excitement around campus since our digital media students have been broadcasting on KVIKS (school’s televised morning broadcast) student interviews in preparation of the first game. It is definitely an exciting time for all of our present, future and past Vikings.”

For the last month or so, the gym has been used by students and coaches, as long as fewer than 50 people were inside at a time, said Kawachi. But now that the occupancy issue is cleared up, it’s time to start using the gymnasium the way it was intended, with plenty of crowds, excitement, concessions and all the other accompanying fun that comes with high school sports.

“We anticipate a ‘good size’ crowd of both Viking girls basketball followers (Division 1 contenders) as well as those individuals (alumni and community members) who wish to see what this new building looks like,” Dircks wrote Tuesday in an email. “I know that the exterior can be deceptive in terms of overall size. The reality of the new gymnasium’s size will be manifested once you enter. As for me, I will be there for the ‘jump ball’ and then I will relocate so as to attend our Hilo High School Band’s Christmas Concert here on the main campus. Christmas music and basketball … It doesn’t get much better than that!”

Members of the girls basketball booster club were expected to be on hand selling concessions, but school officials said food won’t be allowed inside the new gym for the foreseeable future.

“They’ll have hot dogs and hamburgers, and probably some plate special. … But one of the things we’re going to enforce, because it (the gym) is so new, is that no foood and drinks will be allowed in the gym itself,” Kawachi said.

School officials say fans could take a while to get used to the parking situation at the new gym, which requires game attendees to park in the school parking lot and then walk makai of the school either across the track area and over a bridge into the gymnasium, or down the sidewalk along Waianuenue.

Dircks said the athletic director obtained the services of police officers to help direct traffic, as well as school security attendants to help handle crowds.