WAIKIKI, Hawaii - The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) awarded its second annual Hookipa Scholarship of $1,000 to each of three high school students representing several counties.
 
The scholarship was introduced in 2017 for HLTA’s 70th anniversary to further the organization’s commitment to recognizing outstanding students and their academic achievements. It is granted to students enrolled in a hospitality program or taking hospitality classes in high school.
 
Mufi Hannemann, HLTA president and CEO, says, “This is the hospitality industry’s way of commending and rewarding high school students for their interest in travel and tourism and for their pursuit of potential careers in this business.  We need young people with the energy, ideas, and enthusiasm to fill the ranks of our local industry leadership, and we hope that this recognition will inspire them in their educational and career endeavors.”
 
Last year's recipients came from Maui High School, Kauai High School and Kaimuki High School. This year’s recipients are:
 
Claudia Hanson, Kapaa High School
Kauai County
Claudia is active in her school’s Interact Club and National Honor Society, where she has been involved in many community service projects.  She is the class valedictorian and graduated with honors in career and technical education. During her years at Kapa’a High School, Claudia was enrolled in Public Human Services, an introduction to Hospitality and Culinary courses. She plans to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara to major in sociology and pursue a career in hospitality.
 
Ray-Anne Dela Cruz, Baldwin High School
Maui County
Ray-Anne is a member of her school’s National Honor Society, president of the Baldwin Theatre Guild and treasurer of the Aloha Club, a community service group in which students volunteer for various events to improve the surrounding neighborhood and schools.  She helped organize an event through her Spanish class to raise $500 for a scholarship for a student going to college.  She plans to major in business management at the University of San Francisco in the fall and gain the skills necessary that will contribute to a career in the hospitality industry.
 
Satoko Davidson, McKinley High School
City and County of Honolulu
Satoko is a student athlete and a four-year member of the Lokahi Project, a program aimed at providing support and companionship for senior citizens in the community.  She is an officer of McKinley’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, where she has participated in the Hawaiian Airlines Ka Ho‘okele Program, an internship that exposes students to career opportunities in the airline industry. During her years at McKinley, Satoko has challenged herself by enrolling in Advanced Placement courses. Davidson will be attending the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in the fall and plans to pursue a career as an airline pilot.
 
HLTA is a non-profit, statewide trade organization of lodging properties, lodging owners and management companies, suppliers, and related firms and individuals.