Seven Maui County Students Selected Statewide for HLTA Citizen-Scholar Awards | SehndeWeb

Maui County’s finest scholar, Zahra K. Bhattacharya. PC: courtesy HTLA

Seven Maui County public school students were among 42 shortlisted for the Citizen-Scholar Awards. Over $60,000 in scholarships were distributed to public high school graduates at a Wednesday luncheon at Prince Walkīkī.

The 18th annual event was hosted by the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association, in partnership with Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the Department of Education.

“The Citizen-Scholar Awards are an iconic HLTA event that gives us the opportunity to focus on our educational and philanthropic missions,” said HLTA President and CEO Mufi Hannemann. “Looking at their resumes and discovering their passions and aspirations is humbling, and I’m proud to be able to recognize them for their accomplishments. This year’s class of Fellows is exemplary by every definition of the word, and we are all excited to see what they will accomplish.

The Citizen-Scholar Awards are made possible by generous donations from businesses and private organizations, with the vast majority coming from the local hospitality industry. Each sponsor is assigned a scholarship recipient who has been selected by their school’s administration for recognition.

*Maui recipients are highlighted below:

2022 Citizen-Scholar Awards recipients. PC: Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association

Citizen-scholarship holders 2022


Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School – Kyla A. Musso
High School ‘Aiea – Kairi Gervacio
Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School – Jayden-Joseph Acoba
Hāna Secondary and Elementary School – Tyra-Li Perry
Henry J. Kaiser High School – Elana Ingwers
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School – Zahra Bhattacharya
Hilo High School – Maya C. Oishi
Honoka’a High and Middle School – Daelyn Jo Ann De Luz
James B. Castle High School – Ryden Matsuda
James Campbell High School – Christie Jiang
Kahuku High and Middle School – Natali Keni
Kailua High School – Madeline K. Tamura
Kaimukī High School – Nhi Nguyen
Kalaheo High School – Kawehi Bringas
Kalani High School – Hinano Tsuchiya
Kapa’a High School – Madhav Collins-Doijode
Kapolei High School – Naleia Jazelle Tacadena
Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School – Shemayah Doi
Kaua’i High School – Holly Taguma
Kea’au High School – Crystal Ann Simeon
Kealakehe High School – Carolyn E. Clebsch
King Kekaulike High School – Kali Spalding
Kohala High School – Teige Lorenzo-Akamu
Konawaena High School – Lacey Young
Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Ānuenue – Jayden Hiwauli
Lahainaluna High School – Kalolaine Pasikala
Lāna’i Secondary and Elementary School – Stephani Badillo

Leilehua High School – Hyunny Cha
Maui High School – Gwen T. Jaramillo
Mililani High School – Jazlyne Nitta
Moanalua-Kolby Yamamoto High School
Molokaʻi High School – Paige Fukuoka
Nānākuli Secondary and Middle School – Christian Dave Collado
Pahoa High School – Jamie Pabro-Andres
Pearl City High School – Rylie Goo
President Theodore Roosevelt High School – Sierra K. Youth
President William McKinley Secondary School – Katherine Liu
Waiakea High School – Matthew Labasan
Waialua High and Middle School – Cyan Tyger Mezin
Waiʻanae High School – Ezekiel Jianne Briones
Waimea High School – Glydelle Valmaja
Waipahu High School – Taylor Fukunaga

Top County Academics


Island of Hawaii – Maya C. Oishi
Hilo High School
University of Texas at Austin

Maui – Zahra K. Bhattacharya
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
University of Southern California

O’ahu – Hinano Tsuchiya
Kalani High School
princeton university


Kaua’i – Madhav J. Collins-Doijode
Kapa’a High School
Swarthmore College

Overall Citizen Scholarship Winners

Carolyn E. Clebsch
Kealakehe High School
Stanford University

Carolyn describes herself as a Native Hawaiian artist dedicated to community work centered on culture, education reform, and Native rights. On campus, she is involved in activities such as Rocketry Club, Model UN, Science Fair, and SkillsUSA, leading teams to national and international competitions. Outside of the classroom, she has helped build community centers like Haleki’i Resilience Hub where she has led collaborative keiki murals that showcase native wildlife, native values, and Hawaiian legends.

Jayden Joseph Acoba
Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School
Harvard University

Throughout his time at Farrington, Jayden-Joseph thrived in leadership positions; he served as class president for three years, vice president of the Farrington Chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America, and vice president of the Farrington Chapter of the National Honor Society. A committed volunteer who works closely with primary school students, he will be his valedictorian.

Citizen-Scholar Award Sponsors

From the pool of 42 students, the HLTA scholarship committee selects a top scholarship winner for each county and a top male and female scholarship winner. The county’s top winners receive an additional $2,500 scholarship and the top two winners receive an additional $5,000.

“The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is proud to partner with HLTA and the DOE in congratulating and recognizing this year’s class of Citizen-Scholars. They are outstanding students, leaders, and dedicated community servants who have demonstrated of a commitment to excellence, and I wish them all the best as they embark on the next phase of their college careers,” said Honolulu Star-Advertiser Chief Revenue Officer David Kennedy.

Over the past few years, scholarship recipients have been encouraged and invited to speak at the annual luncheon. These students were impressive on the podium so, for the first time, scholarship recipients who were selected to share remarks or provide a pule to bless the event, received a $500 scholarship. This year, Jayden Hiwauli of Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Ānuenue blessed lunch with a prayer in ‘ōlelo Hawai’i while Shemayah Doi of Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School and Elana Ingwers of Henry J. Kaiser High School shared remarks from opening and closing.

“It’s gratifying to see the local business community celebrate some of our most promising young leaders,” said Hawaii State Department of Education Acting Superintendent Keith Hayashi. “These students have already made such significant contributions to our community, and the Citizen-Scholars Awards will certainly help chart their course to even greater future success.”

Sponsors for this year’s event included: Alaska Airlines; ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach; Aqua-Aston hospitality; Big Island Candy; blue hawaiian; Castle Resorts & Hotels; Courtyard Marriott – O’ahu, North Shore; Domino’s Pizza Hawaii; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; First Hawaiian Bank; First on site; Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa; Halekulani & Halepuna Waikīkī’ Halekulani Corporation; Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association – Hawai’i Island Chapter (sponsored two students); Hawaiian airlines; Hawaiian electric; Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association – Kaua’i Chapter; Honolulu Star-Announcer; Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa; international market place; Island Movers; Kaimana Beach Hotel; Super KTA stores; Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club; Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; Mauna Kea Resort; Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa & Sheraton; Princess Kaiulani; Outrigger Hospitality Group; Pulama Lana’i; Roberts Hawaii; Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort; Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; Sheraton Waikīkī & The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection resort; springboard hospitality; The Orchid Lei Company; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach; and Trump International Hotel Waikiki.

The Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association is the state’s oldest and largest private organization representing hotels, condominiums, timeshares, other lodging entities, suppliers, and tourism-related businesses and individuals . HLTA is dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry through education, political action, and member benefits, and raising awareness of its contributions statewide.

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