Friends of Moku‘ula and Maui Nei Native Expeditions are offering 2016 West Maui high school graduates two Akoni Akana Po‘okela Scholarships in the amount of $500 each–one for each gender.
Akoni Akana was the first executive director of Friends of Moku‘ula. After his death in 2011, a scholarship fund was established to perpetuate a vision of sharing Native Hawaiian culture and history, cultivating spiritual practices in a new generation, and encouraging stewardship and a work ethic that will benefit our youth as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow.
To apply for one of the scholarships, high school seniors are being asked to submit a written statement that describes how they will use the scholarship award to advance their education – specifically whether they will pursue Hawaiian cultural arts, dance or music, enrolling in courses at a college or university, or enrolling in a vocational school.
Scholarship requests can be submitted by email to: [email protected] or mail to: 505 Front St., Suite 221, Lahaina, HI 96761 (Attention: Program Director). Full legal name, contact information and signature by the student should be included. Scholarship requests must be submitted no later than March 28, 2016.
Additional information can be found by calling the Friends of Moku‘ula office at 808-661-3659 or visiting Mokuula.com/events.
Friends of Moku‘ula is a nonprofit cultural organization that was established in 1995 to cultivate awareness of the Hawaiian culture through restoration, preservation, education and revitalization of Moku‘ula Island and Mokuhinia Pond in Lahaina.
Maui Nei Native Expeditions is a program of the nonprofit cultural organization Friends of Moku‘ula. By creating educational programs and operating authentic Hawaiian cultural tours, Maui Nei is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the royal Hawaiian complex of Moku‘ula Island and Mokuhinia Pond located in the National Historic District of Lahaina. Maui Nei grew out of community interest to conserve the historic site’s natural and cultural resources, while educating residents and visitors on the significance of this sacred place and Lahaina’s historic landmarks.
Photo from Moku`ula: SeaHorsePunch/Wikimedia Commons