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Island Insurance Foundation presents $25,000 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award to Waimea High School Principal Mahina Anguay

The Island Insurance Foundation presented Mahina Anguay, principal of Kauai’s Waimea High School, with its 12th annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award last night at the annual Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation dinner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.

The $25,000 award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., is presented annually by the Island Insurance Foundation to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded and has an entrepreneurial spirit – qualities of leadership that Tokioka exemplified in his own company and in the business community.

“Principal Anguay exemplifies the type of leadership that can transform our public schools into model learning institutions,” said Tyler Tokioka, Island Insurance Foundation President. “By recognizing outstanding principals such as Mahina, it is our hope that her accomplishments will inspire others in public education.”

Anguay received $15,000 for a school project of her choice and an additional $10,000 cash award. The Island Insurance Foundation also presented a $2,000 cash award to the top two semi-finalists, Principal Christine Kinau Gardner of Kahala Elementary School in Kahala and Principal Alma Souki of Heeia Elementary School in Kaneohe.

Twelve candidates were nominated for the award. They each received $1,000 and a commemorative plaque, which were presented to them at a recognition ceremony on April 2nd.

The other nine nominees were:

• Chris Bachaus, Kula Elementary School, Maui

• Jamie Dela Cruz, Kaelepulu Elementary School, Oahu

• Steve Franz, King Kamehameha III Elementary School, Maui

• Alison Higa, Fort Shafter Elementary School, Oahu

• Jan Iwase, Hale Kula Elementary School, Oahu

• Bruce Naguwa, Kapolei Middle School, Oahu

• Michael Nakasato, Pearl City Highlands Elementary School, Oahu

• Michelle Payne-Arakaki, Pahoa Elementary School, Big Island

• Lenn Uyeda, Maemae Elementary School, Oahu

Anguay has been principal of Waimea High School for nearly three years. She believes the school has a responsibility to prepare each student to be college, career and community ready after graduation. One of her first objectives as principal was the implementation the school’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Resources, Engineering, Art/Humanities and Math) program. Each pathway within the STREAM program is tasked with creating a product or service that will directly benefit the community. Linking classroom lessons with post-secondary education or training, various businesses in the community mentor both staff and students, utilizing their actual sites as labs for the students’ use. Students are then given realistic industry tasks to perform as their final exam.

STREAM also supports the school’s GAP (Growing Academically, Proficiency) program for students whose cognitive IQ scores fall two or more standard deviations below the median 100 mark. Cooperating business partners create a work-study program that would fit the needs of GAP students as the school’s business partners. Working with a DOE Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) specialist, a work-study program is customized to each GAP student and the partnering business.

“Because of her leadership, our students and our school have attained improved ratings as shown by the SBAC testing standards and other measures,” said Dan Abadilla, Waimea High School PTSA President. “She continues to offer new programs for the students, as well as for the teachers to make teaching and learning more in line with future challenges. She listens to our concerns and supports our programs and ideas for the betterment of our students.”

Anguay plans to utilize the prize money to expand the school’s Summer Bridge Program for incoming ninth grade students, as well as fund on-campus Kauai Community College partnerships and programs for each of the school’s five Career Technology Education (CTE) pathways. In addition, Anguay plans to expand the school’s Early College course offerings (beyond the current tuition free Math 130, 140, 205 and 206 that are currently offered at the school), which enable students to graduate with up to 12 college course credits.

About Masayuki Tokioka

An immigrant from Japan, Masayuki Tokioka moved to Hawaii at age 12 and graduated from McKinley High School in 1921. He earned a bachelor of arts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master of business administration in international commerce from Harvard University in 1927. His business career spanned 70 years, during which time he founded several successful enterprises including the Island Insurance Companies, International Savings & Loan Association, Ltd. and National Mortgage & Finance Company, Ltd. He was also a driving force in establishing many community-focused entities including the Hawaii Immigrant Preservation Center, Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation and the Japanese Cultural Centers in Hawaii and San Francisco.

About the Island Insurance Foundation

The Island Insurance Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Island Insurance, Hawaii’s largest locally owned and managed property and casualty insurance carrier.

Island Insurance has been serving Hawaii’s families and businesses for over 75 years and is the only Hawaii-based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 property & casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for eight consecutive years. Island Insurance holds a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company. For more information, visit its website at: www.islandinsurance.com.

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