Hana High grad recipient of Reagan scholarship

Diana Pohaikealoha Waikiki Naihe of Hana has received the GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship, which gives her $10,000 a year for up to four years in her quest for a bachelor’s degree.

The scholarship program, which just completed its third year, awards students who embody the vision and values of President Ronald Reagan, including leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.

She is a 2013 graduate of Hana High and also a Gates Millennium Scholar. She will attend the University of Hawaii Maui College in the fall with plans to study nursing.

In an interview with The Maui News in April, she also said she plans to seek a doctorate in Native Hawaiian health from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

In her biography, Naihe indicated that her years paddling with the Hana Canoe Club played a major role in shaping her character. She learned the value of training and discipline and the meaning of leadership. As the team’s pacesetter, she realized that other crew members depended on her, the biography said.

Her athletic resume also includes running cross country and playing on the school soccer and volleyball teams.

Naihe was a mentor at the Hana Youth Center as well.

She is the daughter of Donalyn and Leonard Naihe and is the youngest girl in a family of five girls and three boys.

The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board while the recipient is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Naihe was one of 20 youths selected for the scholarship out of nearly 11,300 completed applications nationwide that were received and reviewed.

“Our scholarship recipients this year are astounding,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “I am amazed each year by the character, leadership and tenacity of today’s youth.”