Kihei Canoe Club recognizes members, awards scholarships

Auntie Paula Kalanikau (from left); Joyce Hasebe, Kihei Canoe Club secretary; Ethan Villanueva and Kaela Izak, scholarship winners; and Vanessa Weiss and Ellen Federoff, KCC Na Opi‘o Junior Racing head coach and assistant coach, respectively, are shown at the recent Moki Kalanikau Beach Party to celebrate, honor and recognize KCC members.

Kihei Canoe Club recently held its Moki Kalanikau Beach Party to celebrate, honor and recognize KCC members, including Moki Kalanikau, who helped establish KCC in 1973, and four KCC youth paddlers, who were awarded the 2019-20 Kihei Canoe Club Scholarships of $1,000 each toward funding post-high school education.

The 2019-20 KCC Scholarship winners:

• Ethan Villanueva, a 2019 Kihei Charter High School graduate and a KCC paddler since 2013, is enrolled at University of Hawaii Maui College and later will transfer to UH-Hilo for a major in either natural science or marine biology. He hopes “to protect and preserve Hawaii’s resources as well as keep the culture relevant in our developing world.”

• Kaela Izak, a 2018 Kihei Charter High School graduate and a KCC paddler for four years, is enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a degree in psychology. She later plans to pursue a medical degree to become a surgeon.

• Aponi Boyer, a Maui High School graduate and a KCC paddler for six years, will continue at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She is pursuing an associate degree in administration of justice before transferring to UH-West Oahu for a degree in public administration. She plans to become a police officer and detective.

• Kaleb Ponokela Bello, a Kihei Charter High School graduate and a KCC paddler for four years, will be attending the University of Denver. Following his biggest interests and passions, Kaleb will be majoring in art, with English and political science minors.