Watch a replay of the 2021 Aloha ‘Āina Leader Awards.

2:00 pm | Aloha ‘Āina Leader Awards 2021

The Aloha ‘Āina Leader Awards honor the future of our lāhui by recognizing haumāna for their growing commitments to aloha ‘āina. These up and coming haumāna have accepted the kuleana to work for the benefit of all our communities. Aloha ‘āina has always been a traditional value passed down from older generation to younger, but it has become even more vital in this era of change. The Aloha ‘Āina Leader Awards affirm not only the importance of our cultural values in today’s society, but also recognize the work of the many kumu and mākua who have supported these haumāna throughout the years.

Join us as we celebrate the 2021 class and the educators who have guided them along their way.

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2021 Aloha ʻĀina Leader Award Recipients

Anastasia Kekona Kahina Kimiko Benbouzid-Hewitt

Hōlualoa, Kona, Hawaiʻi
Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino

Sela Kauvaka

Anahola, Ko‘olau, Kaua‘i
Kanuikapono Public Charter School

Hannah Joy Asquith

Kāpa‘a, Puna, Kaua‘i
Ke Kula ‘o Kawaikini Public Charter School

Mahina Kaomea

He‘eia, O‘ahu
Ke Kula ‘o Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama

Nisha Nimoai

Wai‘anae, O‘ahu
Ke Kula ‘o Kamaile Academy PCS

Keanu Ouranitsas-Hayes

Puna, Hawai‘i
Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u

Kawaiolaakealii Kapuni

Kula, Maui
Ke Kula Ki‘eki‘e ‘o Kamehameha ma Maui

Neilen Manaloa Kahoopii

Kāne‘ohe, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu
Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau

Kawenaulaokeaohou Abrigo

Kapolei, O‘ahu
Ke Kula ‘o Kanilui

Kimo Kahae

Lahaina, Maui
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Lahainaluna

Kukiai Kaopio

Kamiloloa, Kona, Molokai
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Hina i ka Malama

La‘i Bertelmann

Pu‘uanahulu, Hawai‘i
Ke Kula ‘o Kanu o ka ‘Āina NCPCS

Amberlynn Beverly Kaiewa Leota

Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu
Ke Kula Kaiapuni Hawai‘i o Kahuku Academy

Hi‘ilei Kaleonahenaheonalani Kahanaoi-Gravela

Moku o Hawai‘i
Ke Kula ‘o Ke Ana La‘ahana

Kaley-Sue Smith

Kāne‘ohe, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu
Ke Kula ‘o Hakipu‘u Academy

Sarah Kuaola Emmsley

Wailuku, Maui
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kekaulike

Kauhimakua Yim

Kaululoa, Pālolo, Waikīkī, O‘ahu
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue

Kuuwai Kahokuloa

Waimea, Kaua‘i
Ke Kula Niihau Kekaha

Pūnohu Keahi-Wood

Kalāwahine, Kona, O‘ahu
Ke Kula ‘o Hālau Kū Māna PCS

Michael Kuahiwi Glendon

‘Ōla‘a, Puna, Moku o Keawe
Kamehameha Schools Kea‘au, Hawai‘i

Celebrate our shared successes: It takes a village. Each and every one of these Aloha ‘Āina Leader Awardees would not be on their current path if it wasn’t for educators like you. #mahaloenakumu

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