The 'Ahahui Ka'ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku on July 11 awarded $500 scholarships to four students aspiring to futures involving dance, Hawaiian language and sustainability.
The recipients, all recent graduates of Maui secondary schools, are Baldwin High alumnus TJ Makoa Kanichi Idemoto, Seabury Hall graduate Nahenahe Anmei Norton-Tolentino, and Kekoa Burton Meanor and Daniel Kuiokalani Shigeo Quenga, both alumni of Kamehameha Schools Maui.
Idemoto will pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance theater at the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He earned the 2007 Master Keiki Hula crown and other titles under the direction of Kumu Hula Iola Balubar. He was active for four years in drama, music and dance with the Baldwin Performing Arts Learning Center. Idemoto also participated in performance-arts ministries while on King's Cathedral missions throughout Hawai'i and the U.S. Continent, and in Japan, Germany and Russia.
Norton-Tolentino plans to major in psychology and minor in Hawaiian studies and language at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She was in Hawaiian Language Immersion at Pa'ia Elementary and Kalama Intermediate schools before receiving a four-year scholarship to attend Seabury. At the latter campus, she was a vocalist and 'ukulele player with the Hawaiian Music Ensemble.
At Kamehameha Maui, Meanor competed in varsity football, track and outrigger canoe paddling. He continues to paddle for Hawaiian Canoe Club. Meanor will study environmental science at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo with plans to promote renewable energy to benefit isle residents.
Quenga will study mechanical engineering and play Division I soccer at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He earned UOP Regent's and Dean's scholarships totaling more than $12,000 after earning a 3.85 cumulative grade point average at Kamehameha Maui. Quenga also earned Eagle Scout honors.
The 'Ahahui Ka'ahumanu is a Hawaiian women's society with more than 500 members in nine chapters statewide. Its mission includes promoting Native Hawaiian language, history, culture and traditions.
The Wailuku chapter, formed in 1923, has more than 100 members. They wear the society's signature regalia of black mu'u, hat, gloves and shoes, plus gold lei hulu (feather neck garland).
For more information, call Carol Lee Kamekona--pelekikena, or president, of the Wailuku Chapter--at 264-9385.