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Napili Kai Foundation awards scholarships

By Staff | Jun 11, 2009

NAPILI — Founded in 1966, the Napili Kai Foundation is a nonprofit organization that teaches local children ages 6-18 the history, arts, crafts, language and dances of Polynesia.

Those children perform weekly at Napili Kai Beach Resort on Tuesdays.

The J.C. Millar Scholarship Fund was founded in 1986 to help graduates of Napili Kai Foundation (NKF) and children of Napili Kai Beach Resort employees pursue education beyond high school.

This year, Lahainaluna High School graduating senior Ryan Lisk received $1,000 to pursue her first year of higher education at Maui Community College. Kenworth Yap, a graduate of Maui High School who participated in Napili Kai Foundation for six years, received a similar award to study culinary arts at MCC.

NKF alumni Kerilyn Dofa and Angel Bode each received $1,000 for the third time to continue their education at MCC; Brittney Kalilikane received a second award of $1,500 to continue her education at the University of Hawaii at Hilo; and Western Washington University student Dominique Laborte received her second award of $2,500. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better to be eligible for these scholarships.