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Scholarships Established at West Oʻahu and Leeward

Posted on | March 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Scholarships Established at West Oʻahu and Leeward

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From left, West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, Delta Construction President and RME James Kobatake, KSK Foundation Director Davis Higa and Leeward Chancellor Manny Cabral.

Delta Construction Corporation and KSK Foundation of Kapolei have pledged $300,000 to establish two endowments and scholarships at West Oʻahu and Leeward. The Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at UH West Oʻahu and The Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at Leeward Community College will help students change their lives through higher education; positively impact their families and communities, and raise hope and pride in West Oʻahu.

These funds are being established in honor of the company’s founder, Gilbert D. Kobatake, a 1934 graduate of Mānoa’s College of Engineering. Kobatake was a retired structural engineer and surveyor, owner of Gilbert Kobatake Inc. and a member of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

“My father was a visionary,” says Kenneth J. Kobatake, president and RME, Delta Construction Company. “In 1934, as a newly graduated civil engineer, dad saw the impending growth and the needed development of Hawaiʻi’s infrastructure for the islands to be a successful economic player in the national and international arena.

“As a child, I recall dad reminding my two brothers and I that education was necessary for success. He was always thankful for the opportunity to have attended the University of Hawaiʻi.” says Kobatake, “One item on dad’s bucket list was to help build and strengthen the engineering program. This commitment to fund two scholarships is a step in the realization of dad’s goal.”

Read the news release.