Congratulations to Local 675 Scholarship Winners

Dustin Bajarin-Freitas
D’angelo Rivera Bucsit
Megan K. Keanini Chock
Kristen M. Fujimoto-Palakiko
Aviana Furuta
Kolby Shiseo Kon
Mariah Grace M. Mundon
Kylie J. H. Murakami
Jaelynn Solidum

Congratulations to the nine winners of the Local 675 Imi Loa Foundation Scholarship Fund. The awardees, children of active Local 675 members, each won $1,500 scholarships. “This was an increase of $500 from previous years,” said Business Manager and Foundation Chair, Valentino Ceria. He added, “We’re happy we have the resources for a program to financially assist the deserving child of our Union members. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients.”

The winners for 2022 are listed in alphabetical order, noting their parental and qualifying Union ties, their respective academic background and the institutions that have accepted each for the Fall term.

Dustin Bajarin-Freitas: Honolulu (Iolani School), parents Christopher Freitas (Plbr JM-Commercial Plumbing) and Leila Bajarin, accepted by Oregon State University, University of Portland, University of Las Vegas. Major - Electrical Engineering.

D’angelo Rivera Bucsit: Kailua (Kailua HS), parents Darrell Bucsit (Sprinkler Ftr JM-Gordon Mechanical) and Emelyn Rivera-Bucsit, accepted by Windward CC, Kapi’olani CC. Major – Kinesiology/Exercise Science.

Megan K. Keanini Chock: Mililani (Kaiser HS), parents Wilder Chock (Refr Ftr JM-Johnson Controls) and Sandee Keanini, accepted by Boise State University. Major – Health Sciences.

Krislen M. Fujimoto-Palakiko: Maui (Maui HS), parents Allen Palakiko Jr. (Sprinkler Ftr JM- Commercial Plumbing) and Krista-Arlene Palakiko, accepted by UH at Maui College. Major – Pre-Pharmacy.

Aviana Furuta: Mililani (Mililani HS), parents Blane Furuta (Plbr JM-Owner, Performance Plumbing) and Shayna Furuta, accepted by UH Manoa, San Diego State University, University of SF. Major – Business Marketing.

Kolby Shiseo Kon: Honolulu (Iolani School), parents Walton Kon (Refr Ftr JM-Alaka`i Mechanical) and Dena Kawazoe-Kon, accepted by Pacific University, Portland University, Oregon State University. Major – Kinesiology.

Mariah Grace M. Mundon: Aiea (Aiea HS), parents Scott Tamashiro (Refr Ftr JM-Economy Plumbing) and Misty Tamashiro, accepted by Leeward CC, UH–West Oahu, UHManoa. Major – Social Science.

Kylie J. H. Murakami: Honolulu (Mid-Pacific Institute), parents Randy Murakami (Refr Ftr JM-unemployed) and Brandy Murakami, grandfather Wayne Murakami (life-time retiree), accepted by University of Portland, Creighton University, University of Oregon. Major – Psychology.

Jaelynn Solidum: Honolulu (Kamehameha Schools), parents Jared Solidum (Plbr JM-Commercial Plumbing) and Katie Solidum, accepted by University of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ohio State University. Major – Commercial Aviation/Aeronautical Science.


Logan Kashima, daughter of Teddi Kashima, who works for Commercial Plumbing on Kauai, has received the coveted scholarship from the United Association. As this year’s representative of Local 675, we applaud her achievement and wish Logan and the other worthy recipients the very best for a bright future!