Ka Ipu Kukui Scholars Seek Candidates for Leadership Program

The graduating group of 2022 Ka Ipu Kukui Scholars. LR: Jared Sam Agtunong, Jason Toba, Charity Hartman, Rebecca Pang, Jessica Adkins, Zaira Katsuda, Shayna Decker, Kasie Apo Takayama, Julie Hew, Sarah Loney Mark, Matthew Bachman, Dean Tokishi, Joseph Imhoff (not pictured Dennis Ducatt).

As the 14th cohort of Ka Ipu Kukui Scholars graduated on June 29, the nonprofit organization is now seeking applicants for the 15th cohort of its leadership program.

The year-long Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program is designed to help develop and train future Maui County leaders to identify and overcome challenges.

Approximately 15 scholars will be selected through a competitive process led by the Ka Ipu Kukui Scholars Program Board of Directors. For more information or to apply, go to kaipukukuifellows.org. The application deadline is July 5, 2022. Applicants will be notified at the end of July.

Ka ipu kukui means crucible of light; a test and a furnace to seek and take the best path to follow. Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows is an initiative of Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui.

“Maui Nui holds a special place in the state, the country and the world, but as we all know, we face many challenges that could very well erode the unique splendor of these special islands,” said Scott Nunokawa. , founding board member of Ka Ipu Kukui. .

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From the concerns and beliefs first expressed by Decisions Maui in the 1980s and reinforced by the Focus Maui Nui visioning process in 2003, Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows was designed to provide meaningful assistance in identifying and the development of leaders through a community program specifically designed to address all aspects. to plan the future of Maui Nui.

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Each month, program content focuses on multiple perspectives of Maui’s various challenges. Through these monthly learning opportunities known as halawai, participants develop a holistic appreciation and understanding of these unique challenges, ultimately leading to a more informed framework and a more enhanced network to better meet Maui Nui’s challenges. in the future, according to the organization’s press release.

Halawai includes topics such as infrastructure, community planning, sustainability, fiscal policy, county and state governance, water and energy.

Applications are currently been accepted for the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellowship Program 2022-2023. The program requires active participation throughout the year, approximately two to three days per month, depending on the activities planned.

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Applicants must reside in Maui Nui. Applicants are preferred to be 45 years of age or younger.

The program is looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • Leadership experience and potential: Applicants must show an emerging leader model through their work history, participate in community activities, and aim to increase community involvement and/or leadership development. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to understand and apply values-based leadership and selfless service. They must also be able to critically examine problems and offer thoughtful solutions.
  • Public Service: Applicants should have a history of active commitment to responsible stewardship or leadership and a desire to help solve community problems through participation and service. Applicants must have an awareness of themselves as a member of the wider Maui Nui community.
  • Commitment to personal growth: Applicants must be committed to actively participating in Halawai and developing their leadership skills by being open to new experiences, learning new skills, and engaging in ongoing personal development.

The cohort of 2022 graduating Ka Ipu Kukui Scholars: Jared Sam Agtunong, Jason Toba, Charity Hartman, Rebecca Pang, Jessica Adkins, Zaira Katsuda, Shayna Decker, Kasie Apo Takayama, Julie Hew, Sarah Loney Mark, Matthew Bachman, Dean Tokishi, Joseph Imhoff and Denis Ducatt.

Kevin E. Boling