Kihei Canoe Club awards two scholarships at regatta

Kihei Canoe Club Board Secretary Joyce Hasebe (from left), KCC Board Director Suzanne Conlon, award recipients Kaela Izah and Christopher Santiago, and MCHCA representative Cate Bellafiore are shown during the award presentation at the KCC 2018 Moki Kalanikau Regatta.

The 2018 Kihei Canoe Club scholarships were awarded recently during the Moki Kalanikau Regatta. Those eligible for this monetary award to help fund post-high school education needed to provide documentation of acceptance or continuing progress in a higher education program. Those who participated in KCC’s youth Na Opi’o program were particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants were also evaluated on how active they have been with paddling and in offering service to KCC.

Two KCC paddlers won the $1,000 scholarships. Christopher Brian Santiago has been a very active Na Opi’o paddler who went to World Sprints in Australia, has done numerous fundraisers and works with KCC keiki to teach them chants and paddling techniques. This fall, Santiago will continue at University of Hawaii Maui College for his liberal arts degree and then plans to transfer to Arizona State University.

The other winner is Kaela Izak, who just graduated from Kihei Charter School. She has been accepted into the University of San Francisco as a performing arts and social justice major. Among other activities, she has been involved in KCC long-distance paddling and helping Uncle Kimokeo with boat blessings and awa ceremonies.