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

The Lili Anama Park Memorial College Scholarship is awarded to a member of the Ukulele Festival Hawaii Band who demonstrates passion and devotion to the ukulele. Given in honor of Lili Anama Park, who taught, nurtured, and inspired hundreds of students with her vibrant personality and love of the ukulele, the scholarship seeks to recognize individuals who spread the beauty and joy of the ukulele as Lili did during her 23-year career at Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios. One of Lili’s greatest joys was being the leader of the Ukulele Festival Hawaii band. This scholarship, founded by James Park, Lili’s beloved husband, was established in honor of her memory.

Carl Tanabe  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
Parents: Todd & Tammy Tanabe
College: Kapiolani Community College
Major: Elementary Education

The Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation Scholarship is presented to a Ukulele Festival volunteer who exemplifies the true spirit of aloha by placing service above self. This scholarship is presented by Eleanor Higa as a testament of her gratitude and best wishes for success in chosen fields of endeavor.

Nick Acosta  $1,000
Sponsored by Bob & Janie Paulger
Parents: Jesper & Kim Acosta
College: Honolulu Community College

See Past Recipients of the UFH College Scholarship



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