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Joseph E. Spadaro Memorial Scholarship 

Joseph E. Spadaro died in 2013 in Honolulu at the age of 95.  He lived in Waikoloa Village for several years having previously achieved success on the mainland and Oahu.  He was an automotive educator and dedicated problem solver.  He converted Aloha Airlines fleet of equipment to propane while with Honolulu Gas. Co.; later repaired the hydraulic systems on minesweepers.  Among his favorite hobbies was repairing computers, which he did until his death.  This scholarship focuses on graduating seniors who plan to attend a community college in areas which were of interest to Mr. Spadaro.

2015

In May, Joseph E. Spadaro Scholarships were awarded by FL-WR to Kealakehe High School graduating seniors Rylen McComber and Nalukea Serion-Miranda. The scholarships will pay for two year’s tuition, fees, books and supplies in the Transportation and Applied Technology Department at Hawaii Community College.

Both Rylen and Nalu were selected for their academic records, as well as their enthusiasm for special projects. Both stand out as team players and are always asking questions to figure out the best solutions to new problems. Rylen has an affinity for really difficult jobs, including an entire engine replacement. Through job shadowing, Nalu had the opportunity to work on heavy equipment such as bulldozers, log haulers, and dump trucks. He’s had broader experience in job shadowing than most students will get at college.

The scholarships are funded by Joseph Spadaro’s family and FL-WR. Joe and his wife, Luella, lived in Waikoloa for many years. Born in Italy and a veteran of WWII, Joe was successful in several careers: while working at Honolulu Gas Co., he converted Aloha Airlines’ fleet of ground equipment to propane and later repaired hydraulic systems on mine sweepers. He later taught auto mechanics at Kamehameha School and also was a farmer. Joe was a problem-solver and always enjoyed learning.

Because Joe was a passionate advocate of trade education – automotive mechanics in particular – when he died in 2013, his family chose to honor his memory by helping future mechanics. Automotive mechanics is one of the trades that does not enjoy much financial support.

The Spadaro Scholarship is one of several FL-WR programs that supports education and love of reading. FL-WR maintains and staffs a bookmobile, and provides leadership in its mission to bring a public library to the Waikoloa region.

From: Waikoloa Breeze, June 2015 by Ruth Bernstone, FL-WR President

2014

Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR) is proud to announce that Joel Duhaylongsod is the first recipient of the Joseph E. Spadaro Memorial Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, books and supplies for a two year program in the Transportation and Applied Technology Department at Hawaii Community College.  Joel has participated in the Kealakehe H.S. Career and Technology Education program, has a passion for cars, and plans to enroll in the Auto Mechanics program in Hilo in the fall.  We are confident the Joel will make the most of this opportunity.

Ruth with Joel

Article from West Hawaii Today Newspaper, June 25, 2014

First Spadaro memorial scholarship awarded

The first Joseph E. Spadaro Memorial Scholarship was awarded by Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region to Kealakehe High School graduate Joel Duhaylongsod. The scholarship will pay tuition, fees, books and supplies for a two-year degree in the Transportation and Applied Technology Department at Hawaii Community College.

Duhaylongsod was selected for his participation in Kealakehe’s Career and Technology Education program, high grades and communication skills. He has a passion for cars, and plans to enroll in the automotive mechanics program in Hilo in the fall.

Funding for the scholarship was donated by the family of Joseph Spadaro and the Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region. Spadaro and his wife, Luella, lived in Waikoloa for many years. Born in Italy and a veteran of World War II, he was successful in several careers: while working at Honolulu Gas Co., he converted Aloha Airlines’ fleet of ground equipment to propane and later repaired hydraulic systems on minesweepers. He later taught auto mechanics at Kamehameha School and also was a farmer.

Criteria for applying: 2015 Joseph E. Spadaro Memorial Scholarship Description

Application: Spadaro application