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Kamehameha Maui student wins year of free tuition to UH-Manoa

Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Nanea Ah You (center) poses for a photo with her parents after receiving a check for free tuition for a year at UH-Manoa. — University of Hawaii photo

Kamehameha Schools Maui senior and salutatorian Nanea Ah You earned a year of free tuition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa after winning the #TakeMeToManoa social media contest hosted by Hawaii News Now.

Ah You was being interviewed by Hawaii News Now reporter Chelsea Davis about her award-winning video in the ‘Olelo Community Media Youth Xchange Student Video Competition when she was surprised with a giant check by UH-Manoa admissions counselor Jose Magno, Kamehameha Schools teachers and staff.

The year of free tuition is courtesy of the University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union.

“When I see my future at Manoa, I see myself thriving at what I love to do while also remaining close with the ‘aina and its kanaka,” Ah You said in a UH news release Tuesday. “I know that this school will help me do my part as a kanaka Hawai’i by sharing the stories that take place amongst my home.”

The online contest was open to incoming fall 2022 Hawaii freshmen and transfer students and asked entrants to upload a short video explaining why UH-Manoa is the right college for them.

In her contest submission, Ah You shared her love of filmmaking and how she wanted to use what she’d learned at Kamehameha to “bring the spotlight upon my lahui.”

“Nanea is an incredible visual storyteller, with an enormous amount of talent,” UH-Manoa Provost Michael Bruno said. “Beyond a voice for herself, she is a voice for her community. We are honored and privileged to have Nanea’s academic journey continue here at Manoa.”

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