The Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu was founded by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole in 1918 with three objectives in mind at a time when socio- economic indicators were dismal for many Hawaiians. In order to help turn this situation around, Prince Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole had three founding objectives in mind when he established the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu:
1) Elevate (restore) the social status of Hawaiians
2) Elevate (restore) the intellectual status of Hawaiians
3) Increase pride in race heritage and Hawaiian identity
Since our club’s founding, there have been many efforts to help meet these objectives.
Choose and respond to only 2 questions from the list of 3 questions below. Your application will NOT be considered if you only answer 1 question or if you answer all 3 questions.
ESSAY QUESTION #1: Each year, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs convenes to discuss important issues and vote on resolutions which affect our lāhui. What is an important issue that should be considered and what are potential solutions?
ESSAY QUESTION #2: Prior to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, Prince Kūhio wrote “After extensive investigation and survey on the part of various organizations organized to rehabilitate the Hawaiian race, it was found that the only method in which to rehabilitate the race was to place them back upon the soil”. (Kūhio, 1920) What do you think Prince Kūhio meant by this statement? What should it mean for our lāhui today?
ESSAY QUESTION #3: All of our aliʻi were great futurists, making decisions that would benefit future generations of our lāhui. What legacy would you like to leave? How will you serve your ʻohana and/or community?
Essays should be in clear narrative form and is largely based on your own opinion, experiences, history, and aspirations. Each essay should be no more than 750 words total. Please download and complete our Scholarship Essay Form 2022. Please be sure to address each point in the question you choose, be neat and complete.
Our kupuna taught us to be maiau—neat and careful in our work. In contrast, work that is kapulu careless, untidy, rushed, and incomplete – will be rated accordingly. Kulia i ka nuʻu – strive for the highest!
Your essays will be scored by the following criteria. Each essay will be worth a total of 50 points. An applicant must achieve a minimum score of 75% to be considered for an award.
Awards are subject to availability of funds.
Content: The essay contains sufficient information to explain and support the essay.
Grammar and Mechanics: The grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling are at a qualitative level that enhances the clarity and readability of the essay.
Style and Readability: The discussion is easy to read, contains word use appropriate to the topic, creative sentence structures, appropriate sentence length, and logical progression of ideas.
Essay as a Whole: The essay addresses the topic, follows the instructions, fits the image of a quality college essay discussion, and is submitted in a neatly presented format.