Napili Kai Foundation awards $18,500 in scholarships
NAPILI – The Napili Kai Foundation last week announced its 2015 scholarship awards, totaling $18,500, that were presented on May 19 at the conclusion of its weekly performance at Napili Kai Beach Resort.
The awards were provided by three different scholarship funds.
The J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 to honor the founder of Napili Kai Beach Resort for the benefit of the graduates of the Napili Kai Foundation and the children of employees of the resort. It is supported by the shareholders and owners of the resort, by the foundation’s weekly show and with community fundraisers.
The Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope was founded in 2009 by Janet Perna and Melanie Rose, both of whom retired after more than 30 years in executive positions at IBM. Their foundation reaches out nationally and internationally to help a wide variety of organizations committed to improving their communities in a sustainable way.
The Stubblefield Scholarship Fund was established by the late Barbara and Bert Stubblefield, lifelong supporters of the Napili Kai Foundation and frequent visitors of the Napili Kai Beach Resort, to award scholarships to the children of the employees of the resort who may wish to pursue technical training.
The six awardees, who are all graduates and alumni of Lahainaluna High School, are:
Aida Lyne Taylan, whose mother, Carina, has worked in the Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort for 12 years. She received $1,500 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund and $1,000 from the Stubblefield Scholarship Fund. This is Aida’s third award. She is pursuing, very successfully, a degree in culinary arts at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Lorilei Visitacion, whose father is the assistant controller of the resort, received her second award: $3,000 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund. Lorilei is attending the University of Washington and majoring in biology and women’s studies.
Paige Cajudoy, a 12-year member of the Napili Kai Foundation, who is studying microbiology/pre-pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This is her second award, a $5,000 scholarship from the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope, but her third year of college.
Scholarship recipients graduating from Lahainaluna High School this year are:
Nohealani Mahuna, a nine-year member of the Napili Kai Foundation. She will be attending Western Oregon University and plans to major in physical education. She received an award of $4,000 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Audrey Casicas, whose mother, Lorene Akiona, has been Napili Kai Beach Resort’s recreation manager for 12 years. Audrey will be attending the University of Hawaii Maui College in the fall, striving to obtain a degree in hospitality and tourism. She received $1,000 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund and $1,000 from the Stubblefield Scholarship Fund.
Nicholas Agdeppa, whose father, Nick, is a painter and member of the Maintenance Department of the resort, received $2,000 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund. He plans to major in music and education at Seattle Central Community College.
Perpetuating its mission to preserve the culture of Hawaii through the children of Maui, the 49-year-old Napili Kai Foundation is the oldest-running keiki hula show in the State of Hawaii. NKF has been awarding higher education scholarships to its graduates and to the children of employees of Napili Kai Beach Resort for more than 25 years.
For information, visit www.napilikaifoundation.org.