Naomi Ney lives in rural Kohala, where she is captain of the swim team, President of the Student Council and the Student Credit Union, and was a member of the team that won the Kohala Science Fair and placed 10th nationally in the 2017 Lexus Eco project. In her free time she teaches swimming and is a student tutor. She overcame serious knee issues that required multiple surgeries in order to pursue swimming. Naomi will attend the University of San Francisco.
2017's co-recipient of the Duke Spirit Scholarship is Carolyn Price, an outstanding scholar, community activist, athlete and youth leader from the island of Kauai. She will pursue an undergraduate degree in political science at Wellesley College while competing in Cross Country/Track before attending law school. Her passion for service to our community has guided her towards an eventual career in elected public office.
2017's co-recipient of the Duke Spirit Scholarship is Maia Petrides, the daughter of Martha and James Petrides, and a graduate of Mid-Pacific. A competitive swimmer for eleven years, Maia is active in the governing board of Hawaii and USA swimming. Committed to community service, Maia has served the kupuna of Hawaii since middle school. She will attend Washington State University.
2017's recipient of the $15,000 Duke Kahanamoku Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship is Lily Nalulani Jenkins. She has been zealous about conservation work in her Molokai home since second grade – participating in wetland and fishpond restoration projects, banding Native Hawaiian shorebirds, and conducting research projects on the effect of invasive marine species. She plans to study Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at the University of North Carolina.
2016's recipient of the Duke Kahanamoku Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship is Zoey Fox. With a GPA exceeding 3.92, and an International Baccalaureate Program Certificate, Zoey will be graduating from Henry J. Kaiser High School and has been accepted to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she will pursue a degree in Architecture and Engineering.
In addition to her success in the classroom, Zoey was voted Class President all four years of high school, is a four-year letter winner, and stand out, in swimming and water polo, the percussion Drumline leader in the marching band, president of Kaiser’s National Honor Society, holds leadership positions in the LEO and Interact Club, works as a keiki swim instructor at Diamond Head Aquatics, and dances hula. The Fox family has no previous military experience but, with her desire to give back, Zoey has enrolled in the ROTC at Cal Poly SLO and, upon graduation, will serve in the military where she hopes to travel and gain worldly experiences that she can bring home to Hawaii. In her words, when she returns, she wants ‘to play a part in ensuring that military developments preserve our cultural traditions and environment and that our kupuna my live close to their families in affordable housing so they don’t feel the need to move to the mainland or live in poverty.’
The committee found her to be effortlessly genuine and passionate, with a strong sense of community and Aloha Spirit. She will be an outstanding Ambassador of Aloha for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
2015's recipient of the $10,000 Duke Kahanamoku Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship is Sarah ‘Alohilani Jenkins of Molokai High School. With a GPA exceeding 4.0 and ranked #1 in her graduating class at Molokai High, Sarah is pursuing her undergraduate studies at Duke University. She was highly regarded on campus for her academic achievements, leadership abilities and her volunteer hours dedicated to her community.
Sarah has a true passion for environmental conservation as evidenced by her expansive commitment to the Molokai Earth Preservation Organization (student led environmental club) and Nene ‘O Molokai (non-profit engaged in water quality testing and habitat management). Furthermore, she initiated, organized and executed a campus wide energy audit at Molokai High School.
Sarah’s success and leadership extends into the swimming pool and ocean. She was the Molokai representative on the Maui Interscholastic League Captains Round Table aimed at addressing league related issues, promoting sportsmanship on campus, and student-athlete leadership development.