$10,000  in Scholarships

Napili Kai Foundation Awards $10,000 in Scholarships

The Napili Kai Foundation is proud to announce our 2013 scholarship awards, totaling $10,000, which were presented on May 21st, during our weekly performance at The Napili Kai Beach Resort.

The awards came from three different scholarship funds:

The Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope, was founded 3 years ago by Janet Perna who retired after 31 years from Executive positions at IBM. Her foundation reaches out nationally and internationally to help a wide variety of organizations.

The Dennis Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund was started two years ago by Dennis’ widow, Jamie, her family and friends who wanted to honor and memorialize him. The late Mr. Wilkinson was an architect and owner of a unit of the Napili Lani wing of the Napili Kai Beach Resort.

The J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund was started more than 20 years ago by the friends of Jack Millar, the founder and, for many years, Manager of the Napili Kai Beach Resort.

The five awardees, who are all graduates and alumni of Lahainaluna High School, are:

Michael Lloyd Akiona, whose mother has worked at the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 9 years, received $3,000 from the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope. He is entering his fourth year at Kapiolani Community College, seeking a degree as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Paige Cajudoy, a 10-year graduate of the Napili Kai Foundation, received $3,000 from the Dennis Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Paige will be entering her first year at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, majoring in Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Aida Lyne Taylan, whose mother has worked in the Sea House Restaurant of the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 11 years, received $1,000 from the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope and $500 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Aida will be entering her first year at the University of Hawaii-Maui Campus, working towards a Nursing degree.

Kai Ho’opai, whose mother, Delphine Kaiwi has worked in the Reservations Department of the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 15 years, most recently as its Manager, received $1,000 from the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope and $500 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund to help him in his second year of the Culinary Program of the University of Hawaii-Maui Campus.

Reinalyn Ines, whose mother has also worked in the Sea House Restaurant of the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 10 years, received $1,000 from the J.C. Millar Memorial Scholarship Fund. Reinalyn will be entering her first year at the University of Hawaii-Maui Campus, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism.

Kerilyn Dofa, a 12-year member of the Napili Kai Foundation and past awardee, who graduated on May 12th from the University of Hawaii-Maui Campus and is now a licensed Dental Hygienist, was congratulated for her achievement.

Dominique Laborte, also a 12-year member of the Napili Kai Foundation and past awardee, will be graduating on June 2nd from Linfield College in Oregon, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training.

Chartered in 1966, the Napili Kai Foundation is the oldest running keiki Polynesian show in the State of Hawaii and has been awarding higher education scholarships to its graduates and to the children of employees of the Napili Kai Beach Resort, for over 20 years.

As members graduate, we are recruiting new members, ages 6 to 14.  Previous experience is not necessary but is desirable.