2014 Scholarships Awarded $6,500

Napili Kai Foundation Awards $6,500 in Scholarships

The Napili Kai Foundation is proud to announce its 2014 scholarship awards, totaling $6,500, which were presented on June 10th, at the conclusion of our weekly performance at The Napili Kai Beach Resort.

The awards came from two different scholarship funds:

The Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope, was founded four 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 three 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 three awardees, who are all graduates and alumni of Lahainaluna High School, are:

Aida Lyne Taylan, whose mother, Carina, has worked in the Sea House Restaurant of the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 12 years, received $2,000 from the Perna Foundation for Hope. This is Aida’s second award and she is pursuing the Culinary Program at the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus.

Kai Ho’opai, whose mother, Delphine Kaiwi has worked in the Reservations Depart¬ment of the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 16 years, most recently as its Manager, also received a second award, $1,500 from the Dennis Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund to help him in his third year of the Culinary Program of the University of Hawaii-Maui Campus.

Lorilei Visitacion, one of the Valedictorians of the 2014 graduating class of the Lahainaluna High School, received $3,000 from the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope. She will be attending the University of Washington and someday hopes to be a doctor. Lorilei’s Dad has been the Assistant Controller of the Napili Kai Beach Resort for 7 years.

Perpetuating its mission to preserve the culture of Hawaii through the children of Maui, the 47-year-old Napili Kai Foundation is the oldest running keiki hula 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.