Ho'omau Foundation's scholarship program supports Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) attending college and are active in the NHPI community, through mentorship and networking opportunities. Through our support for both academic success and the perpetuation of culture, we will help recipients succeed in their endeavors while maintaining and growing their cultural ties and identity. We aim to support their transition to college, nurture their cultural identity, and ensure they, along with more NHPIs, have opportunities and representation in prestigious fields.
We are excited to announce that we are awarding eight scholarships for the school year 2021/2022! We are renewing scholarships for three returning students and awarding five to new recipients. In total, we've awarded thirteen scholarships in two years.
Our Recipients are receiving the Kamery Lee Jr. Scholarship for demonstrating dedication to perpetuate the NHPI culture, entrepreneurship, perseverance, and aloha.
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
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
Misimatoka Unutoa-Junior at University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oahu
Tehani Buchanan-Sophomore at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Oahu