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Congratulations to recipients of the 2023 Ka Lama Ku Leadership Awards!

Group photo of the First Year Experience team, the person who nominated the group, and Chancellor Irwin.
The First Year Experience team won the Ka Lama Ku Alaka‘i Group Award. Front row from left, Chris Wung (nominator), Makanoe Hufana, Mekaila Pasco, and Chancellor Bonnie Irwin. Back row from left, Clare Aragon, Michelle Bond, Calyx Badon, Natasha Figueroa, Carley Atkins, Lillian Lewis, and Russell-Jearuss Ronolo. (Courtesy photo)

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Development Program held its annual award ceremony on April 21, 2023.

Based on Native Hawaiian cultural values, the program’s Ka Lama Ku Awards recognize contributions students have made in their formal and informal leadership roles on campus and acknowledge those individuals who show strong evidence of future leadership potential.

“It was such a delight to see the energy and creativity honored in our student leaders,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, who attended the event. “In addition to gaining valuable experience in leading these initiatives for the campus, it was clear that the students had also become good friends through working collaboratively on shared goals.”

The following students and groups are the 2023 Ka Lama Ku Award recipients.

Individual Awards:

  • Alaka‘i Award: Leadership – Haley Williams
  • Kuleana Award: Accountable and Responsible – Carley Atkins
  • Mālama Award: Taking Care of Others and Community – Lillian Lewis
  • ‘Ike Pāpālua Award: To Have the Gift of Vision – Mekaila Pasco
  • Laulima Award: No Task is Too Big When Done By All – Russell-Jearuss Ronolo

Group Awards:

  • Alaka‘i Group Award: Leadership – First Year Experience
  • ‘Ike Pāpālua Group Award: To Have the Gift of Vision – Ka Pouhana Mentoring Program
  • Laulima Group Award: No Task is Too Big When Done By All – Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society Club

Full story and photos at UH Hilo Stories.

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