Kaimana Scholarship Winners Bios
Kiersten-Tawny Hurley, Kanu o ka ‘Ᾱina NCPCS
Kiersten, also known as Hana, has already completed nine college credits with the help of the Running Start program. Hana was on the paddling and volleyball teams at Kanu o ka ‘Ᾱina New Century Public Charter School. She’ll attend Arizona State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Hana volunteers for the annual Waimea Christmas Parade because of the joy and excitement it provides to the community. She hopes to return to Waimea to open a family practice.
Bram Paikuli, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii
Bram played golf and soccer, ran cross country, and paddled, and made the honor roll all four years of high school. He helped the East Hawaii Cultural Center keep its doors open for theater programs, arts and cultural displays, and workshops, volunteering to paint doors, clear trash, and help in the office. He’ll attend the University of Denver to pursue a business degree to become an entrepreneur and find a way to give back to the people of the Big Island and to Hawaii.
Kristiana Van Pernis, Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Kristiana participated in and captained the cross country, soccer, and track and field teams. She and her cross country team have won the BIIF championship four years in a row. In 2014, she won the BIIF Individual Girls Cross Country title and her team took second at the state championship. She’s participated in an NOAA program that studies endangered sea turtles and is vice president of the Animal Rescue Club, which raises funds for a no-kill animal shelter in Kohala. Kristiana will continue competing in cross country and track and field at Brown University, where she’ll study biology and genetics.
Casey Doyle, Le Jardin Academy
Casey was on Le Jardin’s swim and water polo teams for four years. She competed in three HHSAA swimming state championships and has won the ILH Girls’ Varsity Division II Water Polo Championships twice. Casey serves her community through the National Honor Society and helps communities around the world, such as with the Invisible Children Club, which works to end the abduction and use of child soldiers in Central Africa. She plans to attend Georgetown University.
Mackenzie participated in track and field and played volleyball and basketball. She also played club sand volleyball. She’s helped clear invasive plants from streams, cleaned up beaches, and mentored groups of elementary school kids in Punahou’s Outdoor Education Program. Mackenzie will play sand volleyball for the University of California Berkeley, where she plans to major in environmental economics and policy.
Xavier Imperial, Maryknoll High School
Xavier played tennis and volleyball for Maryknoll. As a freshman, he founded a nonprofit organization called Projects Inspired by Teens Changing Hawaii (PITCH); these projects included the proper disposal of bottle caps and exchanging incandescent light bulbs for CFL light bulbs. Xavier received The President’s Volunteer Service Award and earned the Degrees of Merit, Honor, and Excellence from the National Forensics League. Xavier will attend Creighton University.
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Hi‘ipoi was on the water polo and swim teams for four years. A member of the Honolulu Water Polo Club and the Olympics Development Water Polo Program, Hi’ipoi volunteers as a swim and water polo instructor at Kaimuki Swim Club. She’ll play water polo at Occidental College, where she’ll major in computer science and pursue a career as an FBI special agent.
Noe was a four-year varsity runner in cross country and track, a member of the JV soccer team, captain of the cross country team, and a state medalist in cross country and track. Noe is one of two student organizers of the Homeward Bound 5K, an annual race that benefits the Institute for Human Services. Noe will attend Brown University to study engineering.
La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls
Kash played volleyball and participated in track and field and cross country. She was active in the Red Cross Club, Interact Club, and the Leo Club. Kash will attend the University of San Diego in California to pursue pre-med studies. Her goal is to work as a pediatric oncologist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where she fought her own battle with cancer.
Kauai High School
Tamara was a Red Raider varsity cheerleader for four years, served two years as team captain, and received all-star cheerleader recognition from several organizations. Cheerleading taught her the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. Tamara led her cheer team to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She’ll attend Eastern Washington University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a master’s degree to become a speech language pathologist.
Kapaa High School
In addition to participating in air riflery, tennis, cross country, and track and field, Marissa was also the JROTC battalion commander. Marissa’s volunteer work includes beach cleanups, socializing animals at the humane society, and helping the Salvation Army in its thrift store and with its Angel Tree at Christmastime. To become a United States Air Force officer, Marissa will attend Colorado State University at Fort Collins and join their Air Force ROTC program while majoring in psychology.
Kapaa High School
Cassie was an all-star in cross-country and soccer and competed in track and field and volleyball. As a member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society, Cassie volunteered for service projects such as the United Way Walk-a-thon, Taste of Kauai, beach cleanups, and the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving luncheon. She’ll attend the University of Indianapolis to pursue a degree in nursing and play on their soccer team. Cassie plans to return to Hawaii to start a career in geriatric nursing.
Molokai High School
While Xrystina ran cross country, competed in track and field and tennis, she’s most proud of her swimming career. Her swimming career started in the 6th grade and continued until the end of high school. As a member of the Molokai Earth Preservation Organization, Xrystina helps preserve the island’s natural and cultural resources. She’ll attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie through the Air Force ROTC program. Xrystina plans to study nursing and return to Molokai as either a neonatal or pediatric nurse.
Maui High School
Trent has been a part of Maui High School’s bowling and baseball teams and marching band for four years. He got the community service bug as a Boy Scout, doing campus beautification, food drives, and beach cleanups. In four years, Trent achieved Eagle Scout ranking. He’s volunteered at Hale Makua health services, helping the staff and elderly residents. Trent will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and major in electrical engineering.
Maui High School
Alex is one of the valedictorians of Maui High School and is the only senior to compete in judo for four years. With her busy schedule, she still managed to volunteer as an assistant at a vision center. She also tutors elementary-school children at a homeless shelter. Alex will attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where she’ll major in biology and follow the pre-med track. Her goal is to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.
Waialua High School
Amber is a soccer, softball, and volleyball player who’s done volunteer work with the YMCA, Special Olympics, and the Lions Club. Amber will attend Sacramento State University to study criminal justice. From there, she’ll attend law school with the goal of becoming a family court lawyer. For the past three years, Amber has participated in a prestigious YMCA program called Youth in Government. She represented Hawaii this summer at the Youth Governors Conference in Washington, D.C.
Kaiser High School
As team captain, Alea led her cross country and soccer teams to first-place finishes this year. She made the honor roll all four years, received various awards for biology, and was a valedictorian. Of all her community service projects, Alea says that the Niu Valley Mentoring Program touched her the most. She’ll attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to fulfill her goal of becoming an Army nurse corps officer.
William Blaser III,
Waialua High School
Known as Tripp to his friends, Wiliiam competed in tennis, golf, basketball, and air riflery. He’s also had great success in robotics, which taught him the importance of teamwork, commitment, and responsibility. Tripp volunteers with the North Shore Political Forum and at bon dances. His main community service activity, however, is with First Tee of Hawaii. As an assistant coach, Tripp teaches kids valuable life skills while having fun playing golf. Tripp will attend UH-Manoa and major in mechanical engineering.
Kailua High School
Basketball-player Darlene-Raye is proud to have served as class treasurer and participated in numerous community service projects. As a volunteer at Tripler Army Medical Center, she loves knowing that she can make someone’s stay a little easier and more bearable. As a facilitator at a camp for elementary-school students, Darlene-Raye was inspired to help kids reach their full potential. She’ll attend the University of Portland to study education and plans to return to Hawaii.
Roosevelt High School
Throughout high school, Stacia competed on the swimming, basketball, volleyball, and water polo teams. She volunteers with Partners’ Club, which is affiliated with Special Olympics and Project Unify. She also volunteers at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Stacia will pursue a degree in biomedical science at Southern Oregon University. Her goal is to become an ob-gyn in Hawaii.
Max Hsing-Huo Vinci,
Castle High School
Max attended Kailua High School from 9th through 11th grade. He then transferred to Castle for his senior year so he could study conceptual physics and AP biology, and continue wrestling and playing football. Max began his community service in the fifth grade, when he began to tutor his classmates. Later, he was a National Honor Society member and Castle Foundation community service project manager. At Occidental College, Max will play football and study liberal arts. Then he’ll transfer to the California Institute of Technology for fourth- and fifth-year math classes for his physics degree.