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ClimbHI Bridge Award Ceremony 2023

ClimbHI Recognizes Leading Hawai‘i Schools, Complex Areas and Businesses with Community Engagement Awards; Establishes Statewide Standard Metric

Hawaiʻi nonprofit ClimbHI is honoring Hawai‘i businesses, schools, educators and complex areas with the ClimbHI Community Engagement Awards – the first award of its kind to focus on educator and business community engagement and establish a statewide standard metric. The awards recognize business engagement in schools statewide, as well as the top-participating schools, educators and complex areas, as measured by the ClimbHI Bridge online portal. The Bridge was launched in 2021 in an unprecedented public-private partnership, linking educators, students, businesses and organizations to provide workforce development opportunities. There are 240 schools and 440 businesses participating on ClimbHI Bridge.

“These awardees and our hundreds of opportunity providers have helped reach nearly 170,000 students and 5,300 educators statewide,” said Julie Morikawa, President of ClimbHI. “We are especially pleased to honor two outstanding Hawai‘i DOE Complex Areas on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island for reaching a combined 35,000 students this past year. With the Bridge, we are able to measure all involvement – volunteer hours, requests, accepted events, and more, setting a first-ever standard for our state.”

Top opportunities included guest speaking; career fair, hiring blitz and exposure fair participation; job readiness activities; exposureships (where students learn firsthand about businesses and careers); and job shadowing, site visits, internships, credentials, and judging and coaching.

2023 Outstanding Businesses

Each of the below businesses and organizations participated in at least 10 events in the past year. Over 2022-2023, a total of 770 events were hosted, and businesses gave 5,500 hours.

  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • The Queen’s Health Systems
  • Healthcare Association of Hawaii (First for volunteer hours)
  • HMSA (2022 honoree)
  • Mauna Kea Resort (Second for volunteer hours)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 50
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering (2022 honoree)
  • Oahu Invasive Species Committee
  • Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
  • Chamber of Commerce Hawaii (2022 honoree)
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (2022 honoree)
  • Prince Waikiki (Third for volunteer hours)
  • Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (2022 honoree)
  • Second Wave Technologies (2022 honoree)
  • Blue Ocean Mariculture

2023 Outstanding Schools

Each of the below schools completed at least 15 requests in the past year, reaching a total of nearly 32,500 students:

  • Pearl City High School (2022 honoree)
  • Waipahu High School (2022 honoree)
  • James Campbell High School (2022 honoree)
  • Kohala High School
  • Aliamanu Middle School
  • King David Kalākaua Middle School
  • Wai‘anae Intermediate School (2022 honoree)
  • Liholiho Elementary School (2022 honoree)
  • Kapolei High School (2022 honoree)
  • Konawaena Elementary School
  • Holomua Elementary School
  • President William McKinley High School (2022 honoree)

2023 Outstanding Educators

Each of the below educators completed at least 10 events in the past year:

  • Chad Shishido, Pearl City High School
  • Maurea Walsh, Leeward District, OCID CTE (2022 honoree)
  • Marites Galamgam, James Campbell High School
  • Rachael Aquino, Hawaii Workforce Pipeline, Inc. (2022 honoree)
  • Laura Palea, Wai‘anae Intermediate School (2022 honoree)
  • Bryant Murakami, Waipahu High School
  • Kristi Desuacido, Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School
  • Melody Yoshimoto, Waipahu Intermediate School (2022 honoree)
  • Christina Shioi, Hawaii State DECA (2022 honoree)
  • Jessica Frances Ayau Dumlao, August Ahrens Elementary School
  • Janean Stone, Kea‘au Middle School (2022 honoree)
  • Tiffany Tawata, Pearl Ridge Elementary School
  • Meredith Takara, Waipahu High School
  • Luz Guerrero, Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School (2022 honoree)
  • Lea Sullivan, Konawaena Elementary School
  • Nelson Lee, King David Kalakaua Middle School
  • Laurie Meyer, Kapolei Elementary School
  • Chad Takahashi, Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School

2023 Outstanding Hawai‘i Department of Education Complex Areas

  • Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area, O‘ahu (124 Bridge events with more than 17,300 students engaged in the past year)
  • Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area, Hawai‘i Island (122 Bridge events with more than 17,500 students engaged in the past year)

ClimbHI Bridge selected by HI DOE

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Educator Testimony

Hear from educators from K-12 sharing their best practices in using ClimbHI Bridge.

ClimbHI Bridge

The revolutionary tool connecting businesses and educators

Honoring Top Business and Top Educator Users

Reaching over 12,400 students in the first 7 months

Educator Introduction Video

ClimbHI Bridge is a portal built to connect Educators and Businesses through streamlined communication that leads to successful outcomes. Once in the portal, there are multiple opportunity types for Educators to explore and then send requests to businesses that are available in each category:

  • Advisory Boards
  • Career Fair Participation and Job Readiness Activities
  • Guest Speaking
  • Industry-Focused Classroom Support (ex. Volunteer Teaching)
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
  • Jobs
  • Judging and Coaching
  • Materials and Resources
  • Mentorships
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Site Visits and Other Events

All businesses are welcome, so please reach out to to get started. If you are an educator seeking access, please send your first/last name and school to

Educator Quick Reference Guide

Opportunity Provider Quick Reference Guide

Opportunity Seeker Quick Reference Guide

Hui O Hawaii – Opportunity Provider

Leap Start – Opportunity Provider


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Geraldine Valencia Campbell High School July 5, 2021

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