UH Hilo students honored with 2013 Ka Lama Ku Awards

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Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center Student Leadership Program recently presented various student organizations and individuals with the 2013 Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition Award for excellence and contributions to UH Hilo and the community.

The Laulima Certificate of Leadership was presented to the A.L.O.H.A. Project Committee comprised of students from The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy for their community outreach health projects. Rita Kahoane Aione of Kipuka the Native Hawaiian Center was recognized for motivating students to succeed in their majors with an individual Laulima Certificate, while Kahealani Walker and Tyson Fukuyama received Malama Certificates of Leadership for their volunteerism toward community service and outreach.

Three student organizations were recognized with a Ka Lama Ku Plaque. Colleges Against Cancer, which coordinates UH Hilo’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the Samoan Club Tupulaga o Samoa mo a Taeao, who shares its heritage as part of campus and community wide outreach, received the Malama Award. Both are Registered Independent Student Organizations (RISO).

The Student Activities Council – a Chartered Student Organization, received the Laulima Award for collaboration and networking of campus-wide activities and mentoring fellow students on “Leading with Aloha.”

Maile Boggeln was awarded an Outstanding Ka Lama Ku Leadership Plaque for mentoring and coaching fellow students, collaborating and facilitating with several committees and her demonstrated commitment to student leadership.

The Ka Lama Ku Umeke Award was presented to students in the following leadership categories:

Alaka`i Leadersip Award: Steven Riddle (Campus Recreation IMUA Fitness Program) for volunteerism and mentoring; Leena Brown (Kinesiology and Exercise Science) for mentoring undergraduate students and research development; and Pua`ala Pascua (Kipuka Science and Math tutor) for perpetuating native Hawaiian culture and being a positive role model for her students.

Ike Papalua Award – To Have the Gift of Vision: Amanda Nicolas (National Community Pharmacists Association) for volunteerism with Compounding for Kids and The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s Bone Marrow Drive; Tiana Gillia for coordination of the yearly Filipino American Heritage Month and support of activities to recruit under-represented high school students to college; and Astronomy student Krystal Schlechter for volunteerism with community activities such as the Onizuka Day, Astro Day, and for her effort to revolutionize how the general public perceives astronomy.

Kuleana Award – Being Responsible and Accountable: Kelsea Machida, for perpetuating the mission and vision of Kipuka as a Tutor/Peer Advisor and role model; Break Thru Adventure (BTA) Leader Aiko Lepeka English for her leadership qualities, and knowledge of her native Hawaiian culture as applied to the goals and vision of BTA with service learning community outreach projects.

Malama Award – Taking Care of Others: Wendy Sera Mefeae for her work as an intern at the Women’s Center with Safe Zone educational training sessions on campus and in the community, being part of the Pacific Island Student Center’s first conference and volunteering with many activities in support of UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College students.

The Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition Awards is sponsored by the Campus Center Student Leadership Development Program and the Campus Center Fee Board.

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