Kealakehe Student Recognized as Top Big Island Scholar by HLTAMay 1, 2019, 12:31 PM HST (Updated May 1, 2019, 5:44 PM)
One senior from each of Hawai‘i’s 42 public high schools received a $1,000 scholarship for his or her post-graduate education from the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association. The 15th annual iteration of these presentations were made today at a luncheon held at the ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.
These scholarships, known as the Citizen-Scholar Awards, stem from a partnership between the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and the Department of Education. Scholarship funding is provided by HLTA members.
Participating in the ceremony were HLTA President & CEO Mufi Hannemann; Assistant Superintendent of Education Cynthia Covell; and Ron Nagasawa, Senior Vice President of Oahu Publications, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser parent company. Emcees for the event were Diane Ako of KITV News and journalist Yunji de Nies.
The students were selected by the Department of Education for their scholastic achievements and philanthropic endeavors. Each recipient was required to have a minimum 3.2 grade point average and an extensive record of school and public service.
Hannemann stated, “Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry is proud to honor the future leaders of our state and nation. These seniors have been selected based on their scholastic merit, as well as their voluntarism. They exemplify the best of our youth, and we are proud to recognize them for their extraordinary service to their school and community.”
In addition to the $1,000 award to each senior, a second scholarship of $2,500 was presented to the top student from each of the state’s four counties. These recipients were selected by an HLTA committee.
This year’s awardees are:
Hawai‘i Island: Zea Levine, Kealakehe High School
Levine recently received a grant to help her develop her own website, S-E-T Kona, which will allow her to create a region-specific page with information about reproductive health and how to access health care in West Hawai‘i. The Colorado College-bound Levine is also the Founder and current President of the Gender Sexuality Alliance & Advocacy club at Kealakehe.
Kaua‘i: Hannah Collins-Doijode, Kapa‘a High School
Collins-Doijode won first place in the state HOSA CPR/first aid competition, and spent her summer interning at Hawai‘i Pacific Health. She will be attending Johns Hopkins University, and plans to pursue a career as a physician. Collins-Doijode aspires to return home to practice in Hawai‘i after completing her education.
Maui: Josh Ooka, Baldwin High School
Ooka planned a wellness week for Baldwin High School to encourage students and faculty to support the Blue Zones philosophy and promote a healthy lifestyle. The aspiring doctor heads to UCLA in the fall, and wants to provide health care in his hometown on Maui Island after graduation.
O‘ahu: Anna Peters, Waialua High School
Harvard University early admit Peters plans to pursue a degree in either biology or neuroscience. She has volunteered at Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and at Cardinal Tien Hospital in Taiwan, and dreams of becoming a doctor.
Added Hannemann, “These four students represent all the finest attributes of our future leaders, and we could not have asked for more ambitious, well-rounded recipients.”
The 2019 Citizen-Scholar Award recipients are:
|Aiea High School||Sheraton Princess Kaiulani|
|Baldwin High School||Hawaiian Airlines|
|Campbell High School||Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach|
|Castle High School||Enterprise Rent-A-Car|
|Farrington High School||The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Resort|
|Hana High & Elementary School||Sheraton Maui|
|Hilo High School||Castle Hotels & Resorts|
|Honoka’a High and Intermediate School||HLTA – Hawai‘i Island Chapter|
|Kahuku High & Intermediate School||International Market Place|
|Kailua High School||Trump International Hotel Waikiki|
|Kaimuki High School||Ala Moana Hotel|
|Kaiser High School||The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel|
|Kalaheo High School||Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa|
|Kalani High School||Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa|
|Kapa’a High School||HLTA – Kaua‘i Chapter|
|Kapolei High School||Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
|Ka’ū High and Pahala Elementary School||UH Manoa, School of Travel Industry Management|
|Kaua’i High School||HLTA – Kaua‘i Chapter|
|Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Anuenue||Royal Hawaiian Center|
|Kea’au High School||Hawai‘i Gas|
|Kealakehe High School||HLTA – Hawai‘i Island Chapter|
|King Kekaulike High School||Maui Hotel & Lodging Association|
|Kohala High School||Mauna Kea Resort|
|Konawaena High School||Central Pacific Bank|
|Lahainaluna High School||Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club|
|Lana’i High and Elementary School||Pūlama Lāna‘i|
|Leilehua High School||Sheraton Waikiki Resort|
|Maui High School||Island Movers, Inc.|
|McKinley High School||First Hawaiian Bank|
|Mililani High School||‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach|
|Moanalua High School||Alaska Airlines|
|Moloka’i High School||OLS Hotels & Resorts|
|Nanakuli High School||Hawaiian Electric|
|Pāhoa High and Intermediate School||Big Island Candies|
|Pearl City High School||Outrigger Hotels & Resorts|
|Radford High School||Aqua-Aston Hospitality|
|Roosevelt High School||Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa|
|Waiākea High School||KTA Super Stores|
|Waialua High & Intermediate School||Interstate Restoration|
|Waianae High School||Halekulani Corporation|
|Waimea High School||Kauai Shrimp|
|Waipahu High School||Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani/Halekulani|