Kuhio Park Residents Receive College Scholarships
Left to right, front row: Anni Peterson, IRM Director of Social Services; State Representative Joey Manahan; State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland; Governor Neil Abercrombie; Kathleen Mae Labuguen, Faith Otineru, and Bonita Babas, Award Recipients; Senator Donna Mercado Kim; and Stacie Brach, IRM District Property Manager. Left to right, back row: March Rubon, Award Recipient; Hakim Ouansafi, HPHA Executive Director; Michael Flores, HUD Regional Public Housing Director; Monika Mordasini, Michaels Development Company Vice President.
The Michaels Organization is leading the redevelopment and revitalization of the former Kuhio Park Terrace. They are working along with the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) and local partner, The Vitus Group. The former Kuhio Park Terrace is Hawaii's largest federal public housing community.
The Towers at Kuhio Park is a state housing project that offers public housing, Section 8, low-income housing tax credits, and market-rate rental units to families with a wide variety of incomes. This complex represents a promising public-private partnership. It represents HUD's new initiative to address aging public housing projects.
The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation is the sponsor of the scholarships. It is a nonprofit affiliate of The Michaels Development Company and Interstate Realty Management (IMR). In 1991, the Michaels Organization Educational Foundation became the first company in the industry to create a scholarship program open to all residents who live in housing owned or managed by companies of The Michaels Organization.
In attendance were HUD officials, Governor Abercrombie, community leaders, executives from The Michaels Organization, friends, and family. They all joined these four promising individuals in celebrating their academic achievements and future.