Bieni 5K Fun Run and Dog Walk
This fun community event honors Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83, an HPA alumna who passed away in 2009 after a valiant battle against breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83 Memorial Fund at HPA, as well as a local breast cancer support organization chosen by the HPA student service program.
The Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83 Memorial Fund is intended to help a deserving female HPA student follow her dreams. It is awarded to someone not only gifted in athletics, academics, or the arts, but who understands her responsibility to work hard to develop and share those gifts. In the spirit of namesake, the scholarship is awarded to a young woman who is an inspiration to others, who demonstrates a shining sincerity of commitment and unhesitant willingness to go the "extra mile" for friends, family, or a worthy cause. This year four outstanding young women received a scholarship from this Fund.
Thank you for supporting The Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83 Memorial Fund, and continuing her legacy by honoring deserving female students at HPA with this scholarship.
Pictured are 2016-17 HPA student council members presenting the proceeds check from the 2016 Bieni Fun Run to North Hawaii Community Hospital Cancer Center. The cancer center was one of the recipient charities chosen by students of the HPA service learning program. Service learning is a critical element of HPA's curriculum and enables students to realize new ideals, inspire them to reach beyond their personal needs, and improve the world around them. Pictured with HPA students are Cindy Kamikawa, President of NHCH, and Heidi Roxburg-Edstrom, NHCH Cancer Center Director.
The Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83 5K Fun Run and Dog Walk was established in memory of our young friend, wife, mother, and daughter, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83 Memorial Scholarship at HPA and as well a local breast cancer support organization chosen by the HPA student service program.
On the cross country course of the Upper School Campus of Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Hawaii
*please note the start will be on the field above where it is currently noted on the course map
Sunday, September 24, 9:00 a.m.
*Runners start at 9 a.m.
- Limit: one dog per participant.
- Participants and their people/animal-friendly dog must be attached at all times before and during the event by a 6' or shorter leash; no extended or retractable leashes allowed, for safety reasons.
- No dogs are allowed on property except for those participating in the event.
- Owners must clean up after their dogs.
- All dogs must be on a leash before, during, and after the race
- Dogs are not permitted on other parts of campus or trails off course.
Medals and Prizes:
Medals will be awarded to the top three overall male and female runners. There will also be a special "Top Dog" award for the first furry friend to cross the finish line.
The grand prize is a two-night stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and will be awarded to the person who donates the highest amount for the scholarship fund. The second prize is a round of golf for four at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and will be awarded to the person who donates the second highest amount for the scholarship fund. Donations to the Bieni Kohler-Johnson '83 Memorial Scholarship can be made here.
Bieni Kohler-Johnson grew up on the Big Island and graduated from HPA in 1983. A devoted mother, loving spouse, and passionate athlete, she fought valiantly to defeat breast cancer, sadly losing that battle in June of 2009. The Bieni 5K Fun Run was established that year by her friend and classmate, Liz Noetzel, to honor her memory and to provide support for the scholarship in BIeni's name. Each year, four HPA female student-athletes are selected to receive this distinguished honor in recognition of their gifts in athletics, academics, and/or the arts, and for their commitment to working hard to develop and share those gifts.
Read more about Bieni's and Liz's friendship and their commitment to "Run Because You Can".
The Ulrike Katharina “Bieni” Kohler-Johnson ’83 Memorial Scholarship is intended to help deserving female HPA students follow their dreams. It is awarded annually to students who are not only gifted in athletics, academics or the arts, but who understand their responsibility to work hard to develop and share those gifts. In the spirit of its namesake, the Bieni Kohler-Johnson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to young women who are an inspiration to others, who demonstrates a shining sincerity of commitment, and an unyielding willingness to go the extra mile for friends, family or a worthy cause.
2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES
Alyssa Klett '20
Ella Martin '19
Kristina Novotna '18
Photo from from left to right: Student awardees Alyssa Klett, Ella Martin, and Kristina Novotna.
2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES
Rowan Kotner '17
Janelle Laros '17
Photo from from left to right: Mr. Kohler, student awardee Rowan Kotner, Mrs. Kohler, Ryan Johnson, and student awardee Janelle Laros.
2015 Scholarship Awardees
Elizabeth Jim '16
Jordan Zarate '18
Photo from from left to right: Mrs. Kohler, Mr. Kohler, student awardee Elizabeth Jim, student awardee Jordan Zarate, and Ryan Johnson.