2019 islander scholars academy
JUNE 7 to 9, 2019
CONGRATULATIONS on your selection to the 2019 class of Islander Scholars!
Important To Dos
(1) Arrange and know your travel arrangements; check your email for flight arrangements.
(2) Meet your Islander Scholars guide and exchange contact information; if you have any questions or concerns, your guide is there to help you.
One out of every ten people on our planet lives on an island. You are one of them. As an islander, you know how important it is to care for the land beneath our feet, to work in harmony with one another, and to learn from our past as we walk into the future.
At the Islander Scholars Academy, you will meet juniors from public high schools across Hawaiʻi who, like you, were chosen as the person who exemplifies the qualities of an island scholar. You will also get to know experts in community building, cultural practice, government, business, and other fields. Together, we will sharpen our skills, make new friends, and explore our future paths.
what is the islander scholars academy?
The Academy is a leadership development experience run by Islander Institute and Mālama Learning Center. It is designed to be a fun and meaningful learning experience created specifically for the 2019 Islander Scholars.
By the end of the Academy, our hope is that each Islander Scholar will have:
A significant experience that you will remember for the rest of your life
Friends and adult mentors whom you can count on for support as you move into your senior year and beyond
An understanding of what it means to be an islander, and your own personal confidence and commitment in exploring the kuleana that comes with living on an island
We need you to arrive at the Academy with an open mind and an open heart. You are expected to respect each other, respect the people and places that will be our hosts, and respect yourself.
Please read these materials carefully. Your Islander guide will also be in contact with you if there are any additional requirements before the Academy.
The Academy will be at the Kohala Institute at ʻIole in Kapaʻau on Hawaiʻi Island. For more information, visit their website at www.kohalainstitute.org.
travel to kohala institute - friday, june 7
Scholars flying to Hawaiʻi Island: You will need to arrange your own ride to your home airport. All Scholars flying to the Kona Airport will be met at the Hawaiian Airlines baggage claim on Friday morning and transported to the Kohala Institute.
Hawaiʻi Island Scholars: For Kona-area students, plan on meeting us at Kona Airport by 9:00 am. For Hilo-area students, let us know if you need a ride and we will arrange for pick up locations and times. For those who are able to get a ride to Kohala Institute, plan to get to 53-580 ʻIole Road in Kapaʻau past the main parking lot in a drop off area next to the GRACE Center by 10:30 am.
leaving kohala institute - sunday, june 9
Scholars flying from Hawaiʻi Island: We will transport you to Kona airport for your flight. Please make sure your ride knows your arrival time to pick you up from your home airport.
Hawaiʻi Island Scholars: Please have your ride meet you at the main parking lot of 53-580 'Iole Road in Kapaʻau by 2:00 pm.
things to bring
All Scholars flying to Hawaiʻi Island can bring one free checked bag for your flights.
Clothes for three days and two nights including:
Jacket, long sleeves, long pants (in case it gets cold at night)
Shoes and socks
Clothes that can get wet/dirty (swim suit, t-shirt)
Tabis (if you already have) or covered shoes that can get wet and dirty (you will be walking and going into a loʻi)
Bedding: pillow, sheets, blanket, and/or sleeping bag
Towel for shower
Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste
Any necessary medications for yourself
Mosquito repellent (optional)
(Your guide will contact you before the Academy if there are any other specific items that you should bring)
Day 1 – Friday, June 7
Place and person
11:00 AM – Islander Scholars Academy begins at Kohala Institute
Kinship to place
What is an islander?
Day 2 – Saturday, June 8
Workday at huiMAU
Group work at Kohala Institute
Day 3 – Sunday, June 9
Early morning reflection
Mapping my kuleana
1:00 PM – Goodbyes for now
guides and mentors
the 2019 islander scholars
Belle Gomes, Kanuikapono PCS
Joji Miner-Ho, Kapaʻa High School
Angeline Bangkirig, Kauaʻi High School
Ehu Goias-Medeiros, Kawaikini NCPCS
Leslie Uri, Waimea High School
Jamie Grilho, ʻAiea High School
Sanoe Perez, Castle High School
Janlyn Aliviado, Campbell High School
Rycial Jake Ignacio, Farrington High School
Millie Almony-Leong, Hakipuʻu Learning Center PCS
Liko Fujiwara, Hālau Kū Māna
Kimiko Wong, Kahuku High & Intermediate School
Makanoe Hufana, Kaimukī High School
Jarod Tagudan, Kaiser High School
Tiare Day, Kalāheo High School
Mia Wong, Kalani High School
Hayley Maqui, Kamaile Academy
Mataio Malana, Kapolei High School
Meherio Krainer, Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M Kamakau Laboratory PCS
Keʻalohi Kekumu-Marino, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue
Laakea Lauano, Kula Kaiapuni Hawaiʻi ʻo Kahuku Academy
Kauʻi Lorenzo, Leilehua High School
Malia Boksanski, Mililani High School
Lexi Davis, Moanalua High School
Alana Chong, Nānākuli High & Intermediate School
Abby Bierwert, University Laboratory School
Pohakunui Puou, Waiʻanae High School
Jada Lucas, Waipahu High School
Kalei Kahoʻohalahala, Lānaʻi High & Elementary School
Jonah Elizares, Baldwin High School
McKenzie Pu, Hāna High & Elementary School
Kris Barlahan, King Kekaulike High School
Challys Pascual, Lahainaluna High School
Nadia Onishi, Maui High School
Likeke Lindsey, Molokai High School
Holli-Jae Macanas, Hilo High School
Sheena Mae Dalmacio, Honokaʻa High & Intermediate School
Kauʻi Malakaua-Blanco, Kanu o ka ʻĀina NCPCS
Maliah Ababa, Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary
ʻĀnela Pajimola Kupihe, Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino
Kaʻinapu Sato, Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu
Shyla Soares-Menzsa, Keaʻau High School
Hokani Maria, Kohala High School
Kyndra Nakamoto, Konawaena High School
Cheyenne Martin, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School
Dannyel Jimenez, Laupāhoehoe Community PCS
Charlotte Dadzie, West Hawaiʻi Explorations Acade