University of Hawai'i
(808) 956-8856 Telephone
For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2001
Karin Mackenzie, 944-7773, Colleges of Arts & Sciences
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095, University & Community Relations
|Nisei Veterans Endowed Forum Series Sponsors Essay Contest
For Hawai'i High School Students|
HONOLULU-The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Colleges of Arts & Sciences announces the Spring Forum of the "Universal Values for a Democratic Society-Nisei Veterans Endowed Forum Series," Wednesday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, 2454 South Beretania Street.
This third forum is a celebration of young people who are just beginning their journey on the road of life. It will feature high school students from around the state who participated in the "Values for Life" essay contest.
Modeled after the John Templeton Foundation's "Laws of Life" program, students in grades nine through twelve were invited to participate. Three statewide winners will be announced at the forum and will present their winning essays to forum participants. These students will receive a cash award that will be donated in their behalf to a charitable organization of their choice or their school. All school winners will be recognized and presented certificates of merit and the book, Japanese Eyes, American Heart.
Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 2001 and Leslie Lam, Mrs. America 2000-2001, will serve as guest speakers at the forum and will discuss their national platforms: character education and family values, respectively.
The forum series was established to foster thoughtful discussions on values and their role in enhancing a democratic society. Each forum features an address by a speaker or panel of speakers on values from various perspectives, which is followed by small roundtable discussions engaging all forum attendees. The forum series is named in honor of Nisei (second generation Japanese American) veterans whose conduct during and after World War II exemplify the importance of values in everyday life.
The public is invited to attend this free event. Bento lunches will
be available for $6 at the door. Parking is available at the Japanese Cultural
Center for a flat fee of $2. For more information, call 944-7773.