The Castle Alumni/Community Association established this scholarship in honor of Hank Iida to recognize the community service provided by a graduating senior of James B. Castle High School and to support their pursuit of higher education. Hank Iida, a founder and past president of the Association, was known for his years of dedicated service to Castle High School and the Windward community.
WHO IS HANK IIDA?
Mr. Henry "Hank" Takashi Iida is an Alumnus of James B. Castle High School, Class of 1953, the second graduating class of Castle High School. He was born in Ka'a'awa, O'ahu, to parents Tomitaro and Shizuyo Iida. After high school, he attended Purdue University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to Lehigh University to obtain his Masters degree then completed his education at USC, earning his PhD in Aerospace Engineering while working full time.
His career took him from working as a Thermodynamics Engineer working on missile projects to working on the Apollo 11 project and the early stages of the space shuttle project before returning home to Hawaii to later become the President of T. Iida Contracting, Ltd. where he strived to continue his father's legacy of honesty and integrity in business as well as giving back to the community.Quiet and "low keyed", he had a profound impact in providing opportunities for others through the various charitable organizations he was involved in. He served as the volunteer President of the Minami Community Foundation for 20 plus years and is one of the founders and a long-time leader of the Castle Alumni/Community Association. He will be especially remembered for his tireless efforts in providing tremendous support for Castle High School. In 2010 he was one of six graduates honored by Castle High School for his contributions to the school as well as his accomplishments within the community, state and nation. He recently published a 2nd edition book chronicling a historical perspective of Japanese in Kaneohe of which the donations go to Castle High School.
His contributions to Castle High School and to the Kaneohe community will be remembered and honored by this scholarship.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can help to honor the memory of Hank by becoming a member of Castle Alumni/Community Association and by making a contribution to this scholarship fund. The Association presents annually, scholarships to recognize community service of graduating seniors of Castle High School to support their pursuit of higher education.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
You can start by completing the Membership Registration Form below. When you have completed the form, you will be taken to the donation site, where you can choose how much to donate and how frequent. Be sure to select Scholarships when making your donation.
If you are mailing a donation check, please download and complete the Membership Registration Form here and make checks payable to “Castle Alumni/Community Association”.
Please mail your form and check to:
Castle Alumni/Community Association
P.O. Box 4432
Kaneohe, HI 96744