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Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Honolulu Police Department today announced an extension of the deadline for Honolulu high schools to apply for “Project Grad” grants for 2008.

The original deadline of May 30th will be extended by one month to June 30th.

“We’ve had 18 local high schools, a mix of small and large, public and private schools, already apply for “Project Grad” grants this year.  But we want to be sure that schools that may still be interested have a chance to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity,” said Mayor Hannemann. 

HPD began awarding grants in 1996.  Now in its 13th year, “Project Grad” is an alcohol and drug-free high school graduation event hosted by parents of graduating seniors. Parents typically join forces to raise funds to secure venues, entertainment and prizes.  The actual location and activities are kept secret until the night of graduation.

“We use our Asset Forfeiture funds to reimburse the cost of transportation up to $1,000 for each participating school,” said Chief of Police Boise Correa.  “This is undoubtedly one of the best investments we as a police department make every year.”

“The feedback from the participating schools has always been positive,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “Too often we read or hear of a tragic accident that claims the life of bright and promising young teens in our community.  Graduation is a special time for students and their proud families, and “Project Grad” is the city’s way of keeping our youngsters mindful of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.  “Project Grad” is an extension of our administration’s “Be Smart, Don’t Start” campaign that discourages underage drinking.”

Those schools that have applied for or have received grants include:


Assets School

Castle High School

Hanalani High School

Kailua High School

Kalaheo High School

Kalani High School

Kapolei High School

Le Jardin High School

Our Redeemer Lutheran High School

Maryknoll High School

McKinley High School

Mid-Pacific High School

Moanalua High School

Roosevelt High School

Saint Francis High School

University High School

Waialua High School

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            School officials still interested in applying should contact the Honolulu Police Department Finance Division at 529-3219 or visit


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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