The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program recently completed its seventh year and is now seeking applicants for the 2014-15 session. A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the program is a yearlong endeavor designed to promote and train community-identified future leaders of Maui County.
"Ka ipu kukui" means "crucible of light; a test and a furnace for seeking and taking the best path ahead." In response to concerns first expressed by Decisions Maui in the 1980s and reinforced by the 2003 Focus Maui Nui visioning process, the program was conceived to develop leaders through a community-based curriculum designed to address all aspects of planning for Maui Nui's future.
Topics such as sustainability, water, energy, tourism, food sustainability and governance represent just a few of the issues in which participants will be actively engaged. Fellows will be required to participate in activities scheduled for two to three days each month, including overnight trips to Neighbor Islands. Between 12 and 16 fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the Ka Ipu Kukui Steering Committee.
Graduating Fellow Akili Jones accepts his certificate from University of Hawai‘i Maui College Chancellor and Steering Committee Member Clyde Sakamoto.
The deadline to apply for the upcoming year is Friday, June 27. For more information or to nominate a candidate, contact Dr. Lori Teragawachi at (808) 984-3406 or visit www.maui.hawaii.edu/kaipukukui.