The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas awards its first scholarship recipient

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas awarded its first scholastic scholarship to Kale’a Paiva, a graduate of Kula Kaiapuni, King Kekaulike High School’s Hawaiian immersion program.

The scholarship was named Kaunaloa I Ka Imi Naauao (determined perseverance in seeking education) and founded to honor the resort’s core values of commitment to community and Hawaiian culture.

The resort will award the annual academic scholarship for excellence to a Hawaiian immersion high school graduate of Maui who has received acceptance and will attend schooling at an accredited college or university in the fall.

Paiva completed her high school career with a 4.02 GPA and began her first semester at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington to further her education in environmental studies.

“I am extremely happy and thankful to have received this scholarship because it is helping me attend school on the Mainland, expand my knowledge and share how important it is to represent and be proud of our culture and language,” said Paiva.

“Kula Kaiapuni doesn’t just teach academics. They also teach Hawaiian values like working together, compassion, learning how to forgive others and malama aina (taking care of the land),” said Paiva. After completing her education in Washington, Paiva plans to move back to Maui and find an occupation that focuses on giving back to the land and community.