14 Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Graduate, New Applicants Sought
Fourteen Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows graduated during a ceremony marking their completion of the year-long leadership program. The ceremony marked the ninth since the initiative was established, bringing to 111 the number of individuals who have successfully completed the program.
The 2016 graduates include: Monty Agcaoili, Bryan Berkowitz, Hilary Bingman, Jen Cox, Jessica Crouse, Devin Fredericksen, Tegan Hammond, Tracy Kealoha, Kelly McHugh, Mandy Saito, Marina Sataofiaga, Megan Morrow, Nohelani Uu, and Ella Yumol.
The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program is an initiative established by Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui. It was designed to help develop and train future leaders not only to identify challenges, but more importantly, to overcome them.
“We continue to incorporate input and suggestions from the Fellows to continuously improve the program,” said Dr. Lori Teragawachi, program director.
Applications are currently being accepted for the Ka Ipu Kukui 2016-2017 Fellows program.
Ka ipu kukui means crucible of light; a test and a furnace for seeking and taking the best path ahead.
“Maui Nui occupies a special place in the state, country and world. But as all of us know, we face many challenges that could very well erode the unique splendor of these special islands,” said Scott Nunokawa, Ka Ipu Kukui steering committee member.
From concerns and beliefs expressed first by Decisions Maui in the 1980s and reinforced by the 2003 Focus Maui Nui visioning process, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program was conceived to provide significant help in identifying and training leaders through a community-based program specifically designed to address all aspects of planning for Maui Nui’s future.
The program will require an active participation monthly during the year, for approximately two to three days, depending on the activities planned. Approximately twelve fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the members of the Ka Ipu Kukui steering committee. Applicants will then be notified by early August. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2016.
Steering committee members include: Roselle Bailey, Lori Teragawachi, Scott Nunokawa, Stanley Okamoto, Clyde Sakamoto, Lianne Yoshida, Yarrow Flower, Susan Clements, Marc Takamori, Alix Buchter, Pualani Enos, Jordan Hart, Troy Hashimoto, Leilani Pulmano, and Jeanne Skog.
Individuals interested in the program or know of an individual they would like to nominate, are invited to contact Dr. Lori T. Teragawachi at (808) 344-3181. For an application or more information, visit www.kikfellows.org.