Kaimana Scholarship Winners Bios
Janna Anu, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii
Janna was a four-year member of the Kamehameha Schools Hawaii canoe paddling team and a member of Hui Malama Aina o Pauahi, which maintains the Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus. She made the headmaster’s list all four years.
Kellie Kitaoka, Konawaena High School
Kellie was a member of the BIIF-champion Konawaena High School girls soccer team and a first-team all-BIIF selection. She led the effort to raise funds and repaint the lockers at Konawaena. Kellie was a National Honor Society member during her sophomore through senior years.
Farin Ota, Keaau High School
During her senior year, Farin was a member of the varsity boys baseball team, as well as the cross country and softball teams. Farin was senior class president, made the honor roll all four years, and was a National Honor Society member. She volunteered with Shattered Dreams drinking and driving prevention club.
Jessica Benito, Christian Academy
Jessica volunteered for the Red Cross in the Tripler Army Medical Center pharmacy department and served as treasurer of her school’s student government association. She was a member of the Christian Academy volleyball and basketball teams.
Kimberly Hall, Punahou School
Kimberly was a founding chairperson of Malama Jam, an annual youth concert to support local charities. She was also a member of the Punahou water polo and swim teams. In addition, Kimberly was a National Honor Society member and a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Dominic Hart, Hawaii Baptist Academy
Named the school’s male athlete of the year, Dominic was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams. During his junior year, he led Hawaii Baptist to the school’s first ILH Division II volleyball championship. He helped his mother prepare meals for the homeless as a River of Life Mission volunteer.
Shayna Kapaona, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Shayna’s academic awards include her school’s Principal’s Award, a University of Pennsylvania Book Award, and a scholar-athlete award. She was co-captain of the school’s back-to-back state champion girls soccer team and co-president of the tree-huggers club, which recycles paper and cans on campus.
Zachary Kim, Punahou School
Named one of the “25 people who will shape the next 25 years” by Hawaii Business magazine, Zachary was on the varsity football and baseball teams. As a junior, he was selected to the all-state football first-team as an all-purpose player. He founded and chaired Malama Jam, a benefit concert that raised more than $60,000 for local charities over three years.
Carolyn Pearce, Mid-Pacific Institute
Carolyn’s service activities include a youth group trip to Mexico to build a house for Amor Ministries. She was a member of the tennis, outrigger paddling, and cross country teams, as well as the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. She also won a Harvard Book Award.
Jasmine Blaine, Island School
Jasmine raised money through recycling to donate to the CARE Foundation and a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She hopes to work for an organization that helps women around the world. She was also a four-year member of the tennis team and treasurer of the National Honor Society.
Leslyn Ibara, Waimea High School
Leslyn was a member of the KIF-champion girls volleyball team and was the first girl from Waimea High to compete in the state girls golf championship. She was also an honor roll and National Honor Society member. Her volunteer activities included chairing Waimea High’s Adopt A Highway committee.
Stephanie Kawamura, Kapaa High School
In addition to being a tennis team member, Stephanie was elected both captain and most valuable player of the softball team. She was an active member of the National Honor Society and the Kapaa High and Kauai District student councils. Her service activities include beach cleanups, tutoring children, and work at Princeville’s library.
Ian Dela Cruz, King Kekaulike High School
Ian captained the varsity tennis team and founded a tennis club to give free lessons to youth. He was a National Merit finalist and a member of the math team that won first place in the Maui District Math League. He co-founded the Institute for the Vindication of Education to tutor classmates and provide SAT prep. Ian also volunteered for the Hawaii Food Bank and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Lipoa Kahaleuahi, Hana High and Elementary School
Actress, hula dancer, and artist Lipoa was also a member of the varsity cross country and basketball teams and a competitive surfer. She was student body president during her junior and senior years, a peer tutor, and a counselor. She won an International Library of Poets Editor’s Choice Award.
Carrie Yap, Baldwin High School
Carrie is a two-time MIL judo champion. She was also a member of the Wailuku Roselani Crystals 4-H club and a state delegate at the 2004 national 4-H Congress in Atlanta. Her volunteer activities included helping children transition from preschool to kindergarten.
Brittney Cambridge, Mililani High School
Selected as the best defensive player on the girls basketball team, Brittney was also a varsity cheerleader. She was president of Mililani’s Health Occupations Students of America club for two years, organizing blood drives and fundraisers. She took second place in the job-seeking skills category of the state HOSA competition.
Jasmine Enos-Amanonce, Waianae High School
Student body president Jasmine was on the volleyball and track teams. She was also a Leeward District Council and state student council representative. She volunteered at a nursing home and Seagulls Schools. She also interned at Tripler Army Medical Center and completed a certified nurse’s aide training class.
Timothy Ho, Roosevelt High School
Timothy was a member of the tennis and soft tennis teams and was voted a first-team OIA East all-star in soft tennis his junior year. He was selected by the U.S. Soft Tennis Association to represent the United States in Japan. Timothy also organized a pottery sale to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Kyle Monette, Mililani High School
Kyle created a program called Kids Helping Kids with Diabetes, helping raise more than $40,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He was also active in youth ministry, a varsity tennis team and National Honor Society member, and led the school band’s saxophone and French horn sections. He was awarded his school’s Troteia Award, a President’s Volunteer Service Award, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and national Lewis Hine Award for service to children.
Jennifer Noborikawa, Kalani High School
Jennifer was captain of both the water polo and swim teams and made the honor roll and principal’s list. Her community service includes creating a mentorship program to help students transition to Kalani High. She sees college as an opportunity to question anything and discover her true passion.
Amanda Tanhchaleun, Aiea High School
Amanda won a Harvard Book Award and a National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in writing. She was a member of the volleyball, soccer, track, and softball teams; captained her cross country team; and was an OIA West first-team pick her junior year. Amanda volunteered with Pali Momi Medical Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu.