(Media release) — The Big Island Press Club’s annual scholarship dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at Hilo’s Seaside Restaurant where we will honor our 2015 scholarship recipients and feature award-winning comedian Augie T. as the guest speaker.
The press club annually awards scholarships at this dinner to students pursuing a higher education in journalism, a related field or are engaged in journalism at the collegiate level. The BIPC scholarships include the $1,500 Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Bill Arballo Scholarship, $1,000 Marcia Reynolds Scholarship, $600 Yukino Fukubori Memorial Scholarship and the $500 Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship. Last year, BIPC awarded a total of $4,600 to five Hawaii Island students at its annual scholarship dinner in Hilo.
Guest speaker Augusto Tulba (aka Augie T.) is the oldest of six children. Growing up in Kalihi on Oahu, he became a Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16. His comedy career began in 1991 when he took top honors during a Honolulu Comedy Club open mic night. Local comedian Andy Bumatai helped him develop material and Augie T. was featured in Hawaii’s legendary comedic ensemble Booga Booga.
With his mixture of Filipino and Portuguese descent, Augie T. is noted for making light of island life with the multicultural comedy only found in local style humor. In 1999 he won his first Na Hoku Hanonano Award for his “Da Comedy Kahuna” CD. He can be seen on the TV’s “Hawaii Five-0” as helicopter pilot Kekipiand. One of Augie T.’s latest gigs is as a public relations youth communicator employed by the County of Hawaii to engage Big Island students with a message of physical fitness and anti-bullying.
Last year BIPC awarded scholarships to Cashman Aiu, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, Elijah Gladstone, a Kealakehe High School graduate, Alex Bitter, a UH Manoa student and graduate of Waiakea High School, Vada Cambio, a UH-Hilo student and Kamakaila Waipa, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.
The press club dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Hilo Seaside Restaurant in Keaukaha. With Augie T’s popularity this event is expected to sell out.
Advance dinner reservations are $35 and $40 at the door (ticket fees may apply). No-host cocktails will be served and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at http://bigislandpressclub.org/events/
Please call BIPC scholarship committee member Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 938-8592 to reserve your spot or for more information.
The Big Island Press Club has been dedicated to journalism and the public’s right to know about the workings of government, business and communities on Hawaii island since 1967.