HONOLULU - The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Inc. recently awarded Mark Galiza from Maui High School a $3,000 scholarship as the district winner from Maui in its scholarship award program.
The son of Nida Galiza and his deceased father, Mark was the student body president and a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact Club and Vex Robotics. He was on the honor roll for all of his high school years.
Ten seniors from other Maui schools received $1,000 scholarships: Bailey Pendergast of Lahainaluna High School, Lehulu Oliveira of Hana High School, Sarah Abe of Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, Michaela Thompson of King Kekaulike High School, Melissa Ann Agcaoli of Lanai High and Elementary School and Michael Kikukawa of Molokai High School.
Kawaiola Wendt from Maui Preparatory Academy, Ariella Kainrath from Seabury Hall and Sai Furukawa of Kamehameha Schools-Maui in the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools received Takitani awards of $1,000.
The $1,000 award recipient from Hawaii Catholic Schools (HCS) on Maui is Madeline Dixon of St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School.
The students were among 63 recipients - one from each qualifying public and independent school in the state - who received scholarships based on academic achievement, community service and financial need.
In total, the foundation awarded $99,000 in scholarships this year.
"Mr. and Mrs. Takitani's legacy of commitment, dedication and generosity is honored each year through the Takitani Scholarship Foundation," said KSSK Radio personality Michael W. Perry, chairman of the board of the Takitani Foundation.
"The Takitanis knew hard work, innovation and commitment to excellence were key factors in their success with Hawaiian Host and wanted to recognize those same qualities in Hawaii's outstanding students with the opportunity to further their education."
Mamoru and Aiko Takitani founded Hawaiian Host Inc., manufacturer of Hawaiian Host chocolates, and established the foundation to give back to the community by providing the gift of education to the young people of Hawaii.
Since 1993, the foundation has annually presented scholarships to an outstanding student from every qualifying high school in the state, awarding over $1.8 million in scholarships.