The First Class to Graduate
THE FIRST CLASS TO GRADUATE
July 3, 2023
Tehani's graduation with Board Members Taelson Larrow and Jeff Maruyama
Kauahoa is from the island of Kauai and double majored in Marketing and Human Resources with a minor in Political Science from Menlo College, California. Kaua was the President of the Polynesian Club on campus where he continued the love of sharing his culture with the university. Kaua wants to work for a midsize to a large company in marketing before going to graduate school. This summer, Kaua went back home to help his aunty with their nonprofit, Palai Foundation where they educate elementary school students during the summer in Native Hawaiian culture and activities.
Kaua's graduation with Board Members Taelson Larrow and JoNelle Sood
Lilia is from the island of Maui and earned her degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability from the University of Denver, Colorado. She also graduated in three years and will attend the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, in the Natural Resource Department, to earn her master's degree in environmental management. Not only was Lilia focused academically, but she was active in the Native Student Alliance and the Sustainability Club on campus. She participated in climate change research in the southwest and in Mexico with the school's geography department. Lilia is well on her way to improving conservation in Hawaiʻi by uplifting and including the Hawaiian community and culture.
All three graduates perpetuate their culture and continue to be outstanding pillars for the lāhui (community). The Ho’omau Foundation team is extremely excited for Tehani, Kaua, and Lilia for their hard work in college as well as their dedication to their culture, families, and themselves.
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Ho’omau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on the success and development of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Our mission is to provide scholarships, mentorship, and networking opportunities to NHPI students who are active in the NHPI community. By combining the support for academic success and perpetuation of our culture, the foundation will help recipients succeed in their endeavors while maintaining and growing their cultural ties and identity.