Mayor’s Office Announces Student Mālama Award Winners

The Office of Mayor Billy Kenoi is pleased to announce the winners of the first Hawai‘i Island Student Mālama Award, a program that highlights and celebrates student stewards of sustainability on Hawai‘i Island. Outstanding student leaders and groups in this field will be awarded $500 scholarships.

Mayor Kenoi spoke at the morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship and said the following on his Facebook page, “Mahalo to the Exchange Club of Hilo for a morning of food, friends, song, and prayer at the this morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship!”

Eligible projects included, but were not limited to topics such as renewable energy and energy efficiency; agriculture, such as school gardens and local foods; resource management, such as zero waste; community-based volunteerism, social and community service; and environmental projects, such as conservation and preservation of the ocean, land and forest.

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Scholarships will be awarded to winners in K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade categories. The following is the list of winners in each grade category:

Elementary:  Kahakai Elementary Green Team

Intermediate:  Kua O Ka La Intermediate School Hui Lokahi

High School:  Makana Agcaoili, Pahoa Intermediate and High School Green Club President

“Mahalo to all the students, schools, teachers, families, and community members who supported this year’s projects,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “We look forward to honoring more great projects that mālama our unique and beautiful home, Hawai’i Island.”