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MOKK awards scholarships to 4 students

The Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai has announced its scholarship winners for 2015. The following four Maui high school graduates each received $1,000 for help in continuing their formal education at a college or university of their choice:

* Kaden-Kalena Tamashiro is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Maui and the daughter of Dr. Casey and Denise Tamashiro of Wailuku. Tamashiro plans on attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she will work to complete her Bachelor of Environmental Design degree with a focus on construction management. An active participant in clubs on campus, Tamashiro is also a volunteer in various community organizations, and participated as a junior leader at the Maui Okinawa Children’s Day Camp throughout her high school years.

* Natasha Salamack is a graduate of Seabury Hall and the daughter of Eriko Jones and George Salamack. In the fall, she will be attending the University of San Diego where business and economics will be her fields of study. She hopes to one day manage her own company. A top academic student at Seabury, Salamack also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Sen. Maizie Hirono and was a presenter at the Okinawa NGO & Asia-Pacific Environmental Forum during her junior year.

* Layke Yamauchi is a graduate of Baldwin High School and the son of Lance and Lynn Yamauchi of Wailuku. He will be heading to Oregon State in Corvalis, Ore., with plans of completing his undergraduate work in biology or pre-medicine and continuing on to a medical or dental school. A top scholar at Baldwin, a Troop 40 Eagle Scout, Bronze Palm recipient and leadership in the Maui United Jr. Young Buddhist’s Association highlight his many accomplishments in school and in his community.

* Ally Yonahara is a Baldwin High School graduate and the daughter of Ken and Tammy Yonahara of Wailuku. Yonahara will attend the University of Las Vegas where she will enroll in a pre-comprehensive medical imaging program. She has had an active career in cheerleading, beginning with being captain of the BHS Jr. Varsity Squad, then moving on to become a Hawaii All-Star Cheerleader, where she was part of the teams that won various awards at nationwide competitions. Yonahara is a dedicated volunteer in community activities, which includes being a junior leader at the Maui Okinawa Children’s Day Camp for two years.

The scholarship winners were presented their awards at the board of directors’ meeting and met the general membership of the Kenjin Kai at a picnic last month.