Student Leadership Recognition Awards

Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition Awards is held annually at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo. The recognition award's recognizes the contributions students have made in their formal and informal leadership roles on campus and in their community. The program acknowledges individuals, groups, teams or organizations who have shown strong evidence of their leadership potential.

Ka Lama Ku Awards Table

2021-2022 Nomination Forms:

The 2021-2022 Nomination forms will be opened on September 15, 2021. Join us on April 8, 2022 to find out who was selcted for the 2022 Awards.

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The five leadership categories are



Leaders inspire, excite, and provide commitment toward shared goals. They are role models who leading by example. They inspire and empower others to work towards a common goal.

‘Ike Pāpālua

To have the gift of vision

Leaders often need to  “navigate unknown waters” and act upon situations and challenges that are beyond their expectations. They take risks that others would avoid, create change, and effectively communicate a shared vision for an organization.


We are accountable and responsible

Leaders instill and motivate others toward solutions, have respect, ho‘ihi, toward others and are effective communicators. They demonstrate problem-solving for positive action, communicate effectively and empowers others to work together.


No task is too big when done by all

Leaders recognize the importance of teamwork, networking, and collaboration and they motivate others to make a difference every day. They gain the trust and respect of others by encouraging people to work together.


Taking care of others and community

Leaders demonstrate care for the land, family, and/or spirituality. This is often through civic and social engagement. Leaders have deep respect and honor for others and accept their responsibilities unconditionally.

2020-2021 Student Leadership Awards Committee

Each year, the Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Development office works to put together a group of diverse student leaders from across campus to review, score, and select the student who will be Awarded each year. We want to take a moment to recognize and thank them for their service.

Jasmine Joao

Jasmine Joao

Jasmine was born on Molokaʻi and raised on Maui. She transferred to UH Hilo in 2019 and is currently a senior, majoring in Japanese and also pursuing a minor in History. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Hohonu, UH Hilo’s academic journal. In her free time, she likes to make crochet animals, read obnoxiously-long history books, and attempt to bake without burning her apartment down.

Holly Williamson

Holly Willaimson

Holly is 25 and from Provo, Utah. Holly moved to Hawaiʻi to study marine biology so that she wouldn't have to study brine shrimp (the dominant aquatic animal in Utah). She love dancing but is only trained in Ballet so social dancing becomes awkward dancing. Reading, most things outdoors, and traveling are also top ten hobbies. It was an honor to see all of the amazing candidates for this years' Ka Lama Ku awards and to feel uplifted by all of the amazing things my fellow students have accomplished.

Lillian Lewis

Lillian Lewis

Lillian Lewis is a second year transfer student at University of Hawaii Hilo. She transferred from Green River College where she earned her Associates in Fine Arts degree, before transferring to UHH, where she is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a focus in Ecology. She works as a student ambassador with First Year Experience, by connecting with new students and mentoring students through the mentor collective program. Lillian is also an officer for several clubs on campus including the positions of senator at large for the Pride club and secretary for the Drama club. As someone who enjoys being involved with the campus community, she has immensely enjoyed learning about some of the wonderful students on campus, and their positive impacts to their student communities and beyond.

Chanbeen "Brian" Kim

Brian Kim

Chanbeen " Brian" Kim was born and raised in South Korea. Sophomore in UH Hilo, majoring in Aeronautical Science. He currently works at University Housing.