Eighteen students were to be recognized at a Hawai‘inuiäkea Honors Student Scholars reception on Friday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hälau ‘O Haumea, Kamakaküokalani Center of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa.
The private reception honored students who have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies in all areas and forms of Hawaiian knowledge as they prepare for leadership roles in their future careers.
“Giving the gift of education is integral to nurturing the next generation of Native Hawaiian leaders who are grounded in a Hawaiian worldview, skilled in academic disciplinary knowledge and practice, and committed to service and social justice,” said Maenette Benham, Dean of the Hawaiʻinuiäkea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
Scholarship donors were also thanked, because as Benham said, “Just as important as the students and their families is thanking our scholarship donors as they help us build strong learning experiences across our programs.”
Scholarship recipients are: Meghan Au, Wayne Hinano Brumaghim, Lauren Malialani Cabaniss, Jenny Leigh Estrella, Lokelani Fergerstrom, Megan Goo, Kalihaualaki Gouveia, Brooke Hutchins, Mae Jeremiah-Wong, Shaun Pilialoha Kamakea-Young, Kaʻiulani Kanehailua, Lindsay Kido, Bryan Kuwada, Lufi Ann Luteru, Makana Kamahaʻo Mattos, Mikaellia Kanoe McGuinness, Christopher Pokipala, and Kanoe Suganuma Wilson.
Hawai‘inuiäkea’s 11 scholarships support undergraduate and graduate students who pursue degrees in Hawaiian language, Hawaiian studies, or Hawaiian culture in a related field.
The scholarships include: Center for Hawaiian Studies Scholarship Fund, Dorothy M. Kahananui Scholarship, Emalani V. Searfoss Memorial Scholarship, Gladys ʻAinoa Brandt Scholarship Fund, John Dominis Holt Scholarship, Kamaka Von Oel Hoffen Scholarship, Lokomaika‘iokalani Snakenberg Scholarship, Nā Leo ʻŌiwi Scholarship, Pacific Islands Institute Hawaiian Studies Graduate Scholarship, and Red Mandarin and Lady Yi Shen Scholarship.