Scholarship Past Recipients

The Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship Program is funded by Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a non-profit organization founded in 2004. Ukulele Festival Hawaii builds public awareness and interest in the ukulele as an instrument of virtuoso quality promoting Hawaii’s arts and culture through education, scholarships, and the annual free ukulele festivals.

For instructions on how to apply, see our Scholarship Information page.


2017 College Scholarship Recipients

Alexandria Yawata  $2,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: Kaiser High School
Parents: Christopher & Shirley Yawata
College: Occidental College
Kaila Chock-Nihi  $1,000
Sponsored by Senator Michelle N. Kidani
School: Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama
Parents: Perry Nihi & Renee Chock
College: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Isaac Sugiura  $1,000
Sponsored by Lili Anama Park Memorial Fund
School: Castle High School
Parents: Donna & Clyde Sugiura
College: Windward Community College
Carl Tanabe  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
Parents: Todd & Tammy Tanabe
College: Kapiolani Community College
Major: Elementary Education
Nick Acosta  $1,000
Sponsored by Bob & Janie Paulger
Parents: Jesper & Kim Acosta
College: Honolulu Community College

2016 College Scholarship Recipients

Alyssa Kuwamoto  $2,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls
Parents: Edwin & Laureen Kuwamoto
College: Linfield College - Oregon
Brayden Ching  $1,000
Sponsored by Lili Anama Park Memorial Fund
School: Hoala School
Parents: Keola & Rhiannon Ching
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Tyra Danielle L. Talusan  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
School: Aiea High School
Parents: Joel & Romela Talusan
College: Leeward Community College
Cassidy Kitano  $1,000
Sponsored by Senator Michelle N. Kidani
Parents: Shayne & Amy Kitano
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Major: Communicology

2015 College Scholarship Recipients

Asayena Viengmany  $2,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: McKinley High School
Parent: Bounleuth Viengmany
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Tamlyn Tamura  $1,000
Sponsored by Lili Anama Park Memorial Fund
School: Punahou School
Parents: Curt & Cheryl Tamura
College: Seattle University
Tory Watanabe  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
Parents: Kyle & Debbie Watanabe
College: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - College of Education
Major: Secondary Education

2014 College Scholarship Recipients

Kieran Long  $1,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: Pahoa High and Intermediate School
Parent: Mark Long
College: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Nicholas Acosta  $1,000
Sponsored by Lili Anama Park Memorial Fund
School: Damien Memorial School
Parents: Jesper & Kimberly Acosta
College: Heald College Honolulu
Wendy Yoshioka  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
School Graduated: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Bachelors of Social Work
Family: Husband Keith, children David & Lia
College: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Masters Program

2013 College Scholarship Recipients

Kylie Harada  $2,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: James B. Castle High School
Parents: David & Sandi Harada
College: Chaminade University
Jason Lum  $1,000
Sponsored by Lili Anama Park Memorial Fund
School: Iolani School
Parents: Brian & Beverly Lum
College: University of Washington
Cory Mau  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
School: Kamehameha School
Parents: Albert & Kendra Mau
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa

2012 College Scholarship Recipients

Trevor Yamagata  $1,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: Konawaena High School
Parents: Oren & Ira Yamagata
College: Pacific University, Oregon
Kellan Kadooka  $1,000
Sponsored by Yamada Scott Family Fund in Honor of Roy & Kathy Sakuma
School: Konawaena High School
Parents: Neal & Lorraine Kadooka
College: University of Oregon
Blaise Jonah Aquino  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
School: Moanalua High School
Parents: Shane & Dorothy Aquino
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Emily Fernandes  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
Parents: Erin & Gilbert Fernandes
College: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Major: B.S. in Geology

2011 College Scholarship Recipients

William K.K. Salavea III  $1,000
School: Hilo High School
Parent: Rochelle Kaula
College: University of San Francisco
Joel McBrayer  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
School: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus
Parents: James & Lisa McBrayer
College: Biola University
Sara Neidenberg  $1,000
Sponsored by Yamada Scott Family Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation
Parents: Marc and Carol Neidenberg
College: niversity of Washington
Lee Teraoka  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
Parents: Bruce & Charlotte Teraoka
College: Leeward Community College

2010 College Scholarship Recipients

Micah Ganiron  $1,000
School: University Laboratory School
Parents: Tony & Carol Ganiron
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Gage I. Lucas  $1,000
Sponsored by Yamada Scott Family Fund in honor of Pops and Mom Okami
School: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus
Parent: Bernard F. Lucas, Jr.
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa

2009 College Scholarship Recipients

Colton R. Manley  $1,000
School: Molokai High School
Parents: Randy & Louise Manley
College: Azusa Pacific University (CA)
Alany-Grace Eder  $750
School: Waiakea High School
Parents: Nicomedes & Ludivina Eder
College: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Lance Delos Reyes  $500
School: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus
Parent: Gracie M. Grace
College: Oregon State University