Announcing the 2021 Ho’omau Foundation Kamery Lee, Jr Scholarship recipients
By: JoNelle Sood July 15, 2021
2021 Ho’omau Foundation Kamery Lee Jr. Scholarship Recipients
Kainoa Azama-Sophomore at University of Hawaii Manoa, O’ahu
Kainoa is studying Political Science with the intention of being an advocate, voice, and major contributor to changes in law, politics, agriculture, and the environment. Kainoa didn’t stay quiet during the pandemic, in fact, it fueled his passions and motivated him to work even harder. He formed youth organizations, joined ʻike Hawaiʻi based clubs, became a Director at the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club (KPHCC), and he is the unofficial volunteer-coordinator for the Koʻolau Foundation.
Hoʻohila Kawelo-Freshman at Cornell University, NY
Ho’ohila is an incoming Freshman and will study Environment and Sustainability at Cornell University. Ho’ohila plans to develop her voice in order to speak for native Hawaiian species and to preserve the biodiversity of Hawaiʻi. She hopes to disrupt environmental degradation by establishing a sustainable relationship between humans and nature. Growing up, Ho’ohila developed a great respect for natural resources through food consumption, lei-making, and learning cultural practices. She and her parents spend time together protecting, rescuing, and relocating Hawaiian snails, birds, and other wildlife.
Kilihea Kanekoa-Freshman at Southern Virginia University, VA
Ariell Siliado- Freshman at University of Hawaii, Hilo
Hepua Sorensen-Freshman at Loyola Marymount University, CA
Kyla Rae Paglinawan-Sophmore at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Oahu
Kyla Rae is doing big things! She is continuing her education in Hawaiian Studies and Sociology. Kyla Rae was an intern for an organization focusing on improving Hawaiian health and well-being. She continues her work caring for the ‘āina and becoming an expert in Hawaiian language.
Misimatoka Unutoa-Junior at University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oahu
Tehani Buchanan-Sophomore at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Oahu
Tehani is studying Business Management with aspirations of being a voice and advocate for women entrepreneurs. Her goal is to empower the younger generation, especially young women, and give them the confidence to pursue their dreams and careers. Tehani is actively learning the Hawaiian language to strengthen her cultural ties. Every chance she gets, you can find her at her family’s fish pond on Moloka’i caring for the ‘āina (land).