Two Hawaii students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 9 to 16 in Washington, D.C.

Michael Kikukawa of Kaunakakai and Keagan Sakai-Kawada of Hilo were chosen to be among 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 51st annual Washington Week.

Each year, this competitive merit-based program brings 104 students – two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity – to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong study of the federal government and the people who lead it.

In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each of the 104 student delegates with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; no government funds are used.

Kikukawa attends Molokai High School and serves as Molokai High Student Government president and Hawaii State Student Council vice chairman. In addition, Kikukawa is secretary of the Maui District Student Council, vice president of the District 50 Leo Council, president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Akamai Finance Academy, treasurer of the Molokai High School Leo Club and treasurer of the Molokai Earth Preservation Organization. His hobbies include working within school and community organizations, serving his peers and learning about government and politics. Kikukawa plans to pursue a career in law or political science as an undergraduate at Harvard College.