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Mona Elmore Honored at Heart of Gold

ARCS Honolulu members with Mona ElmoreMona Elmore, far right, and her late husband George Elmore were celebrated as the ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter’s Golden Hearts during the February 2013 Heart of Gold luncheon at the Outrigger Canoe Club. A former educator with a keen interest in science and discovery, Mona has generously sponsored Honolulu’s Scholar of the Year and Scientist of the Year awards for several years. Special guest speaker Gail Grabowski, professor of environmental studies at Chaminade University, struck a chord with the story of her personal ordeal with colon-rectal cancer. Refusing to be a victim of her cancer, she became an active participant in her recovery and provided valuable information to her doctors by applying the research-based approach she learned as a scientist to analysis of her own treatments.

Legacies: A Tale of Three Benefactors

Helen Jones Farrar, headshot Maybelle C Roth, newspaper clipping Shelagh Kresser, headshot
Helen Jones Farrar Maybelle F. Roth Shelagh Scoville Kresser

HELEN JONES FARRAR was born in the early 1890s to a wealthy kama‘aina family (founders of the Bank of Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Trust Company and Palama Settlement) and educated at O‘ahu College. A pioneer, she majored in science at Smith and was one of the first women to obtain a driver's license on O‘ahu. She married R.J.H. Farrar and lived on O‘ahu and then Hawai‘i Island, where she observed construction of the original telescopes on Mauna Kea and grew fascinated by astronomy. With no children of her own, she was extremely fond of the young astronomers she met in addition to her nieces and nephews. Her nephew Russel Richards established the Helen Jones Farrar Award as a fitting memorial. The award goes to an ARCS Scholar in astronomy or tropical agriculture.

MAYBELLE FELKER ROTH was born in Bellingham, Washington, in 1898. She enjoyed camping and hiking with her family in the Cascade Mountains and earned a BS in home economics from Oregon State University. Following her husband’s death in 1927, she moved to Hilo and embarked on an around-the-world tour. She taught English in Asia and Spain and, after earning master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and the University of Hawai‘i, taught Spanish at UH. She studied in Mexico, authored A Tentative Three Year Secondary Course of Study in Spanish and contributed to purchase of books for the university. She traveled widely after retirement as associate professor in 1963 and was active in the Hawaiian Historical Society and Malacological Society. She became a vegetarian at age 92 and supported Dr. Terry Shintani's groundbreaking Hawai‘i Diet book project. Before her death in 1999 at age 101, she established an ARCS Award to support students engaged in studies related to conservation biology.

SHELAGH SCOVILLE KRESSER was born in Pasadena, California, in 1928 and graduated from Dominican College in San Rafael. An award winning writer, poet and playwright, she moved to Honolulu in 1950 and opened The Gallery, a prestigious art gallery in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It showcased contemporary works by local artists and introduced her to husband Frederick Mosson Kresser, president of Pacific Construction Company, in whose memory she created an ARCS Scholar award in engineering or science. In addition to serving as ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter president 1988–1990, she headed local units of the National Society of Arts and Letters, National League of American Pen Women and English Speaking Union. She wrote a children’s book, The Chronicles of Fitkin Le Fraise, and Ulu's Dog, a collection of short stories, and, upon her death in 2014, was widely remembered for her “stunning beauty, graceful charm, fabulous sense of humor and unfailing generosity,” 


Scholar Matsuda Wins Prestigious Coral Conservation Fellowship

Shayle Matsuda at ocean overlook“The increasing frequency and severity of global coral bleaching events, the devastation to reef ecosystems and the communities who rely on them led to my dedication to coral reef conservation.”

As a University of Hawai‘i at Manoa doctoral candidate, 2019 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Shayle Matsuda pioneered new molecular techniques to study symbioses between coral, algae and bacteria. He continues that work as part of an international coral reef restoration project under a 2021 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship—a premier postdoctoral program in conservation science that supports early-career scientists and seeks solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges.

Scholar Alum Lectures as Hologram

Christopher Shuler holographic imageHonolulu's 2018 ARCS Scholar of the Year Chris Shuler gave the inaugural 3D hologram lecture on the University of Hawai‘i's HaloCampus, live streaming information about his research on sustainable water resources to American Samoa.

Scholar Alumna Pays it Forward

Pamela Hallock Muller, headshot“ARCS Honolulu Chapter provided recognition that my efforts and education were a worthwhile investment at a time when others could see little future for me.”

1976 Honolulu ARCS Scholar and Tampa Chapter member Pamela Hallock Muller was named one of 25 Top Women Professors in Florida. The University of South Florida marine scientist overcame gender discrimination and has mentored 60 graduate students, 10 of them from underrepresented minorities.