Labor of Love School Project

Some interesting facts;

  • Over $18,500 in monetary and in-kind donations was contributed by Hawaii’s Unions
  • Over 100 union and community volunteers contributed 400+ work hours to brighten up Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School on November 9th.


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Paying for Public Higher Education in Hawaii

First, on the mainland and increasingly here, we have bought the argument that higher education is not a common good, like high school, fire departments or defense. Those who use it should pay for it. If we accept this, then students become customers buying degrees and higher ed is like fast food: cheap and fast. Excellence comes third, if at all.

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UHPA Board Member Norman Arancon Helping Philippines

Complete story on Honolulu Star Advertiser

May Mizuno and the Congress of Visayan Organizations (COVO) in collaboration with the Filipino Community Center, Kokua Philippines and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii will be holding a fundraiser dubbed “Kokua for Philippines: A Night of Hope Concert” on Sunday, Dec. 1  at 5:30 pm at the McKinley High School Auditorium. 

“We are seeking donations from corporate sponsors for donations and sponsorships,” said May Mizuno. “Proceeds from the concert will go to reputable non-governmental organizations and agencies that are already involved in the disaster relief operations in the affected areas.” 

Hernando Tan, President of Local 5 and the Executive Director of COVO provides “This is a time we need to unite after such a calamity in the Central Philippines, I respectfully ask for your kind support as we work to help the victims of the typhoon.”

The concert is being held to benefit not only the victims of typhoon Haiyan, but the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the central Philippines, particularly the island of Bohol, on Oct. 15.

The Dec. 1 show will headline Kristian Lei, an internationally-acclaimed singer, comedian Augie T., and Norman Arancon.