The Lake ‘Ohana Scholarship

The Lake ‘Ohana Scholarship was founded by Aunty Miriam Lake several years ago to provide financial assistance to a Hawaiian Canoe Club member pursuing a higher education. All current members of Hawaiian Canoe Club are eligible.  Applicants need not be graduating seniors nor attending a 4 year university.  The scholarship is to support any and all members who are perusing a higher education weather that would be a Bachelor’s Degree or a Massage Therapist License.

This year there were five applicants.  All wrote tremendously moving narratives about what being a member of Hawaiian Canoe Club means to them.  They also wrote about the programs they intent to enroll in and how the program fits into their life goals.  It was an extremely difficult choice, but two scholarship have been awarded.

The first recipient of the Lake ‘Ohana Scholarhip is Cory Kawaiaea.  Cory has been a member of Hawaiian Canoe Club for eleven years.  She comes from a paddling family and has literally grown up before our eyes.  In her narrative Cory wrote “I feel that words are not enough to express how Hawaiian Canoe Club has affected me.  I simply live and breath Hawaiian Canoe Club.  I have shed my blood, sweat, and tears for this club.”  She goes on to say that, “being active is very important to me.  It is all about staying active and healthy.  In the future I would like to become an athletic trainer or physical therapist.”

In August, Cory will begin her sophomore year at UH Manoa.  HCC is proud to award the Lake ‘Ohana Scholarship to Cory Kawaiaea in her pursuit of a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training.  Congratulations Cory!

The second recipient of the Lake ‘Ohana Scholarship is Maria Souza.  Maria moved to Hawaii 22 years ago from Brazil.  There she learned the art of healing with plants and hands, how to grow food, cook food, and pray.  Maria joined HCC in 1996, and as a single mom with a 1-year-old child at the time, she describes HCC as welcoming and caring place.

Throughout her time on Maui and HCC Maria has fallen in love with the ocean, Hawaii and Hawaiian culture.  In addition to being a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, stand up paddling company owner, world champion SUP competitor, and all around water woman, Maria is trained in la‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian healing) and lomilomi (Hawaiian massage).

Her biggest dream is to create a center much like HCC’s to teach kids any ocean sport and how to care for the their body and soul.  With her scholarship award, Maria will enroll in Massage Therapist School with an advanced specialization in lomilomi.

It gives us great pleasure to award the Lake ‘Ohana Scholarship to Maria Souza!

Steve Moser Scholarship

Dr. Steven Moser was a beloved member of the Maui community who passed away in 2005.

Dr. Moser’s ‘ohana and friends have sponsored an educational scholarship in his name, to be given to a paddler from Hawaiian Canoe Club. Scholarship applicants were ranked on Hawaiian values that Steve respected and acted upon during his lifetime.

Dr. Moser was a beloved doctor on Maui, and advocate for a Hana dialysis unit. He had a deep respect for education, Hawaiian rights and culture. He studied Hawaiian Language, loved the ocean, and paddled for Hawaiian Canoe Club, including competing in the Moloka‘i Hoe race fro Moloka’i to O’ahu.  His deep-seated environmental concerns led him to Kaho’olawe Island in the mid-1980’s to plant native plants alongside cultural heroes such as Rene Sylva, Kimo Mitchell, and Dr. Emmet Noa Aluli.

Applicants for the Steve Moser Scholarship were evaluated by the number of years they studied the Hawaiian Language, the number of volunteer trips made to Kaho’olawe Island, and how many years they paddled at Hawaiian Canoe Club. Hawaiian Canoe Club announces four recipients of the Steve Moser Memorial Scholarship. The recipients are  ‘Ihilani Catugal, Kaikaikaokalani Kahiko Teves, Corynne Kamalei Kawaiaea, and Daniel Kamakanaola Ho.

Catugal is a 2005 graduate of King Kekaulike High School. She is a graduate of Kula Kaiapuni Hawaiian Language Immersion Program and currently studies at Maui Community College. Catugal aspires to be a early-childhood educator. Teves is a 2006 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Maui and is a junior at UH Hilo studying Marine Science. Kawaiaea is a 2008 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Maui and is a sophomore at UH Manoa. She is interested in a career in athletic training.  Ho also attends UH Manoa where he is currently enrolled in pre-med classes. The 2008 graduate of Baldwin High School aspires to be an optometrist.

This year’s scholarships were made possible through the kokua of Dr. Robert and Linda Moser, Emalia Brown and JB Guard IV, Rick Nu‘u and Zoe Norcross-Nu‘u, and Dan Cohen.

Steve would be proud to support these youth in their educational goals!

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