HONOLULU - Two Maui students attending Hawaii Pacific University have received the $1,000 American Resort Development Association Steve Hirano Memorial Scholarships.
Bronson Maulupe-Kanae and Chassidy Sakamoto, both travel industry management students at the university, were honored at the HPU Awards Banquet in late spring.
Maulupe-Kanae, of Kahului and a 2009 graduate of Maui High School, is scheduled to graduate with a bachelor's degree in spring 2013. His parents are Clarke and Miriam Maulupe-Kanae.
BRONSON MAULUPE-KANAE, receives $1,000 scholarship
Sakamoto, who also hails from Kahului, is a 2010 graduate of Baldwin High School and anticipates graduating in spring 2014. She is the daughter of Jason Sakamoto and Rosalind Kaholokula.
"Bronson and Chassidy exemplify the kind of driven and ardent students and young professionals Hawaii needs in time-share and travel industry management," said ARDA-Hawaii Chairman Daniel Dinell, who also is regional vice president of sales and marketing programs for Hilton Grand Vacations Club's Asia/Pacific region.
Each year, ARDA-Hawaii raises money from its annual golf tournament to support the Steve Hirano Memorial Scholarship fund, created as a tribute to the late public affairs executive and longtime supporter of the time-share industry in Hawaii. ARDA-Hawaii established the scholarship to facilitate the education of HPU students and to provide an opportunity for students to pursue a career in the time-share industry, especially those from Hawaii.
To qualify for consideration, applicants must be enrolled full time in the school's program, be a junior or senior and have a 3.2 minimum grade-point average.