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Recognize Native Hawaiian leaders

By Staff | Sep 10, 2021

Maui residents are encouraged to nominate Native Hawaiian leaders in our community for the Empowering ‘Oiwi Leadership Award (E OLA).

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is partnering with Kamehameha Schools to elevate and support the development of emerging leaders through this program.

According to the council, “This unique recognition will be given to Native Hawaiians who exemplify leadership qualities and are engaged in their community. The recipient of this recognition will also be given a monetary award to help elevate their work.

“We now call out to all of you, our kumu, mentors, teachers, and coaches — help us by nominating leaders in your community for the work that they do.”

To learn more about this award program, visit hawaiiancouncil.org/eola. Nominations are open through Sept. 17.

Open to all ages, applicants must be Native Hawaiian, nominated by a community leader, provide periodic updates into their development and use of funding for a look book, and agree to follow-up surveys or discussions regarding E OLA.

Let’s capitalize on this opportunity to recognize Native Hawaiians doing important work in protecting the ocean and environment, educating keiki, perpetuating the language and culture, and helping the Maui Nui community.

The council explained, “As kanaka ‘oiwi (native or a native son of this land), we are a vibrant and diverse people who have carved our way in this world through generations of innovation and resiliency.

“Although we each hold a different set of skills, knowledge, and talents, we are all connected through a kuleana placed forth by our kupuna, to malama and move our people forward.”