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Five Questions with Julie Morikawa

Five Questions with Julie Morikawa

Five Questions with Julie Morikawa By Vicki Viotti | Honolulu Star-Advertiser November 18, 2022Julie Morikawa founded ClimbHI to ensure that future generations have easily accessible career tools and connections in Hawaii. Photo courtesy by Craig T. KojimaThe founder...

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Students Get a ‘Leap-Start’ into High-Demand IT Jobs

Students Get a ‘Leap-Start’ into High-Demand IT Jobs

Students Get a ‘Leap-Start’ into High-Demand IT Jobs By Kelli Abe Trifonovitch | UH News September 28, 2022A new program is training University of Hawaiʻi students to enter the critical, growing information technology (IT) sector by providing practical experience with...

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For LEI Students, It’s The ‘Climb’

For LEI Students, It’s The ‘Climb’

For LEI Students, It's The 'Climb' By Julie Morikawa | Hawai'i Island Midweek June 8, 2022Larrianne Daine Lagpacan has always enjoyed cooking with her family, so when she experienced the culinary opportunities available in the hospitality industry during the ClimbHl...

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Crystal Ozaki Wins Teaching Honor

Crystal Ozaki Wins Teaching Honor

Crystal Ozaki Wins Teaching Honor By The Garden Island June 12, 2022Crystal Ozaki is a teacher at Kaua‘i High School.LIHU'E - A Kaua'i educator received the Hospitality Educator Award from the Hawai'i workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI and the Hawai'i Lodging &...

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KHS Teacher Wins Hospitality Educator Award

KHS Teacher Wins Hospitality Educator Award

KHS Teacher Wins Hospitality Educator Award By Kaua‘i News June 7, 2022Crystal Ozaki, a teacher at Kaua‘i High School for the past seven years, was named one of the two winners.Hawai‘i workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI recognized two educators on Kaua‘i and Maui...

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Inspiring Youth To Soar In The Tourism Industry

Inspiring Youth To Soar In The Tourism Industry

Inspiring Youth to Soar in the Tourism Industry By Julie Morikawa | Kauai MidWeek June 1, 2022Students from Kaua`i High School participated in ClimbHI's LEI (Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration) programThe day after his graduation from Kaua`i High School in 2018,...

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ClimbHI LEI Event Returns to HCC, Outer Islands

ClimbHI LEI Event Returns to HCC, Outer Islands

ClimbHI LEI Event Returns to HCC, Outer Islands By Hawai`i Hospitality Spring 2022ClimbHI, a Hawai‘i workforce development nonprofi t, hosted its 10th annual Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration (LEI) hospitality industry program April 5 at the Hawai‘i Convention...

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ClimbHI Continues to Expand Virtual Career Training Portal

ClimbHI Continues to Expand Virtual Career Training Portal

ClimbHI Continues to Expand Virtual Career Training Portal By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News February 11, 2022In looking back at the first full year of running its virtual career training portal, local nonprofit ClimbHI says it’s “dramatically increased”...

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Hawaiʻi Public Radio Bytemarks Café

Hawaiʻi Public Radio Bytemarks Café

Hawaiʻi Public Radio Bytemarks Café By Burt Lum | Hawaiʻi Public Radio February 9, 2022We'll catch up with the new executive director of the TRUE initiative or Technology Readiness, User Evaluation. We'll find out how TRUE is also working with ClimbHI to help develop...

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Helping Students ‘Climb’ to Success

Helping Students ‘Climb’ to Success

Helping Students 'Climb' to Success By Leeward O'ahu Voice Staff | MidWeek Voice January 19, 2022Nonprofit ClimbHI has reached nearly 1,400 public high school students in the first two years of its Service Excellence Certificate program for the Hawaiʻi Department of...

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Women Who Mean Business – Julie  Morikawa

Women Who Mean Business – Julie Morikawa

Women Who Mean Business - Julie Morikawa By Eugene Tanner | Pacific Business News October 01, 2021Julie Morikawa President | ClimbHIWhat did you want to be when you grew up? It was always about a feeling for me, not any particular profession. I've always found much...

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8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns

8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns

8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns By Krista Rados | Hawaii Business Magazine August 25, 2021How to start a program, paid vs. unpaid interns, college students vs. high schoolers, and more. Plus five tips for students.Illustration: Getty...

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A Public-Private Partnership that Actually Works

A Public-Private Partnership that Actually Works

A Public-Private Partnership that Actually Works By Steve Petranik | Hawaii Business Magazine August 12, 2021Traditional way for kids to learn about careers was for teachers to invite dads, moms and anyone else they knew to speak to the class or show up at career...

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ClimbHI Honors Hawaii Businesses and Educators

ClimbHI Honors Hawaii Businesses and Educators

ClimbHI Honors Hawaii Businesses and Educators By Star-Advertiser Staff | The Honolulu Star-Advertiser August 4, 2021Hawaii workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI is recognizing three Hawaii businesses /organizations and three educators for their involvement with...

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Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories

Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories

Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories By Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery June 23, 2021Aloha Mai Kākou Mahalo again for sharing stories of our state’s economic recovery. Your partnership helps us find the best stories to publish — and helps us reach more Hawaiʻi households...

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Julie Morikawa and ClimbHi for our Youth (Hospitality Hawaii)

Julie Morikawa and ClimbHi for our Youth (Hospitality Hawaii)

Julie Morikawa and ClimbHi for our Youth (Hospitality Hawaii) By ThinkTech Hawaii June 23, 2021ClimbHI Helping Hawaii's Youth. The host for this episode is Jon Conching. The guest for this episode is Julie Morikawa. In this discussion we learn about Julie Morikawa,...

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ClimbHI, HLTA Launch New Award for Hawaii Educators

ClimbHI, HLTA Launch New Award for Hawaii Educators

ClimbHI, HLTA Launch New Award for Hawaii Educators By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News June 16, 2021EUGENE TANNER | PBNWorkforce development nonprofit ClimbHI and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association have teamed up to create a new award to provide...

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HLTA – Mufi’s Message

HLTA – Mufi’s Message

Mufi's Message By Mufi Hannemann, President & CEO | Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association June 10, 2021Aloha, Yesterday, HLTA and ClimbHI awarded $1,000 scholarships to two outstanding educators to gain experience in and understanding of our industry. This has been...

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A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students

A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students

A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students By Julie Morikawa | Honolulu Star-Advertiser March 25, 2021As Hawaii legislators consider a wide range of cuts to cultural, educational, safety and research programs run by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), it is critical to...

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ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event

ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event

ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event By Jennifer Sudick | khon2.com March 31, 2021Hawaii workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI is hosting its first-ever virtual Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration (LEI) hospitality industry program on April 9, 2021, for up to 2,000...

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Helping Teens Climb Higher

Helping Teens Climb Higher

Helping Teens Climb Higher By Julie Morikawa| MidWeek March 31, 2021As a junior at Mililani High School, Raven Petersen attended her first Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration event, which was organized by Hawai‘i workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI. The...

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Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry

Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry

Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry ClimbHI interview on KHON2 By Nexstar Inc. | khon2.com March 19, 2021Even in high school, Geraldine “Denden” Ilan knew she wanted a career in sharing aloha. The 2016 graduate of Waipahu High School on the...

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ClimbHI Finds New Ways to Connect Amid Covid

ClimbHI Finds New Ways to Connect Amid Covid

ClimbHI Finds New Ways to Connect Amid Covid By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News February 18, 2021When workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI first launched its virtual career training portal in 2019, President and CEO Julie Morikawa envisioned that it...

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ClimbHI Connects Public School Students To Career Resources

ClimbHI Connects Public School Students To Career Resources

ClimbHI Connects Public School Students To Career Resources By Staff and Wire Reports | Hawaii Tech January 18, 2021Students at public high schools across the state can now connect with career opportunities through an online portal. Under a new partnership between the...

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Hoʻomaikaʻi to our 2021 Woman of the Year!

Hoʻomaikaʻi to our 2021 Woman of the Year!

Hawai‘i Women in Lodging & Tourism Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association | WIL's February Newsletter February 01, 2021Quote of the Month:There is power in allowing yourself to be known and heard in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.Advice from a...

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ClimbHI Bridge Steers Students Toward Careers

ClimbHI Bridge Steers Students Toward Careers

ClimbHI Bridge Steers Students Toward Careers by Duane Kurisu | Honolulu Star-Advertiser December 20, 2020Public school students are getting a leg up on career opportunities through an online portal known as ClimbHI Bridge, which links educators with local businesses...

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ClimbHI Bridge Help Keiki Climb Higher

ClimbHI Bridge Help Keiki Climb Higher

ClimbHI Bridge Help Keiki Climb Higher By Stephanie Shinno | The Garden Island September 17, 2020Students meet Gov. David Ige in Honolulu at a pre-COVID-19 ClimbHI event. (Photo courtesy of ClimbHI)LIHU‘E — Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI Bridge, appreciates the...

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Our Schools Need Your Help Now

Our Schools Need Your Help Now

Our Schools Need Your Help Now By Steven Petranik | Editor Hawaii Business Magazine August 27, 2020IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION IN HAWAI‘I, the time is now, during this education crisis caused by the pandemic. And if you wonder how to help, one valuable way...

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Preparing Teens for Tomorrow

Preparing Teens for Tomorrow

Preparing Teens for Tomorrow By Noelle Fujii-Oride | Hawaii Business Magazine April 1, 2020Schools and businesses are partnering in unprecedented ways to develop the state’s future workforce. This is Part I of a two part report where we look at how Hawai‘i’s public...

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Alaska Airlines Foundation Donates $260,000 to 24 Nonprofits

Alaska Airlines Foundation Donates $260,000 to 24 Nonprofits

Alaska Airlines Foundation Donates $260,000 to 24 Nonprofits By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News August 6, 2019Alaska Airlines Foundation, the charitable arm of the airline, has awarded $260,000 to 24 nonprofits in Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington. The six...

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Connecting Kids with Careers

Connecting Kids with Careers

Connecting Kids with Careers By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News March 29, 2019As a high school student being told that she already had to choose a college major, Julie Morikawa didn’t feel fully equipped to make such a big decision. “Why, when we’re in high...

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Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind

Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind

Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind By Rowlie John Flores | West Hawaii TodayThe theme of this year’s Lead, Expose and Inspire Program, LEI, April 16-17 on Hawaii Island was the wind of the Hawaiian Islands, and like the makani of the Hawaiian Islands,...

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Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers

Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers

Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers By Allison Schaefers | Honolulu Star Advertiser April 3, 2018Students from 37 schools participated in last year’s LEI program, including the Maui high schoolers pictured above. This year’s annual event will include...

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Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry

Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry

Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry By KHON2 News April 4, 2018HONOLULU (KHON2) - There's a great opportunity for high school students who are thinking about pursuing a career in Hawaii's tourism and hospitality industry! They can hear from...

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The Future Workforce of Tourism

The Future Workforce of Tourism

The Future Workforce of Tourism By John Steinhorst | The Garden IslandHawaii businesses can expand students’ horizons through the state’s largest workforce development program. For the past seven years, the LEI (Lead, Expose, Inspire) program of ClimbHI has been...

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Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry

Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry

Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry By The Maui NewsKing Kekaulike High sophomores Savanna Valdez and Madison Dutro (first photo) chat with Barbie Dofa, Napili Kai Beach Resort director of human resources Wednesday during a career fair at the Sheraton Maui. The...

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Proclamation

ProclamationApril has now been declared Leadership, Exploration, and Inspiration Month in the State of Hawaii! Very big mahalo to Hawaii Govenor, David Ige and Lt. Governor, Shan S. Tsutsui for recognizing ClimbHI and its intentions of teaching, guiding, and inspiring...

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LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News Now

LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News Now

LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News NowAnnual leadership program to help inspire next generation of Hawaii's hospitality industry. HONOLULU - In April of 2016, ClimbHI and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) will kick off the 5th annual LEI (Leadership, Exploration, and...

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Tourism Climbing High

Tourism Climbing High

Tourism Climbing High By Jenna Carpenter | The Garden IslandPhoto by: Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island Chef Michael Young of the Sheraton Kauai Resort, leads a line of Kauai Community College culinary arts students and other chefs in serving up Niihau Lamb during...

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Inspiring The Next Generation

Inspiring The Next Generation

Inspiring The Next Generation By The Garden Island (Kauai)LIHUE — In April, ClimbHI and the Hawaii Tourism Authority will kick off the 5th annual LEI (Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration) program. LEI is the largest workforce development program in Hawaii, and was...

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‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry

‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry

‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry By Allison Schaefers, Craig T. Kojima | Star AdviserCRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM The visitor industry is working hard to find the next generation of local hospitality workers. Kapiolani Community College students Anna...

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Workforce Program Reaches Kauai

Workforce Program Reaches Kauai

Workforce Program Reaches Kauai By Dennis Fujimoto | The Garden Islandby Dennis Fujimoto - The Garden Island POIPU — Waimea High School student Kamryn Kenney was thrilled to be part of the Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration workforce development program Friday at...

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