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'Renewable Treasures' fund college scholarships

Mahealani Cypher, president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, and Cindy Turse, scholarship committee chair Mahealani Cypher, president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, and Cindy Turse, scholarship committee chair
2010 scholarship winners 2010 scholarship winners

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - To meet the high cost of college education, the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will hold its annual "Renewable Treasures" benefit garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 10 at Heeia Elementary School on Haiku Road in Kaneohe.

Every year the civic club sets aside a portion of the money from fundraisers for scholarships for Windward students seeking higher education. Proceeds from the annual garagesale are totally dedicated to the scholarship fund. This year six Windward students were awarded scholarships.

"Because of the rise in tuition, it's been getting harder for some of us to stay in school," says Mikki O'Phelan, a scholarship recipient who attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa. "The scholarship is a god-send that gives me hope to continue to pursue my dream, which is to become a freelance artist and writer."

The sale will feature household goods, clothing, books, toys, electronics, tools, plants, baked goods, a plate lunch special and many other items.

"We are always so excited to hold this annual sale," says Haleaka Martin, event chairperson. "We never know what kinds of treasures members and people from the community will donate for ‘recycling'."

Among the many "treasures" are Uncle Clarence Kelley's plants that he grows in his lush yard in Ahuimanu. "Those always sell out by the middle of the day," Martin says.

Another best-seller are the baked goods provided this year by Shirley Kaluhiwa, who recently retired as cafeteria manager from one of the area schools, and by other members of the civic club. Also available will be a plate lunch prepared by member-caterers Kona and Ed Pelekai.

Shoppers looking for bargains in clothing or electronic/computer equipment can find many items of value. "Some people even find the missing cord they need for some household item they haven't been able to use," Martin says. "It's amazing what people can find."

For more information about the sale or to donate items, contact the civic club office at 235-8111 or e-mail: adecosta@hawaii.edu.

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