• Be a resident of Hawai‘i.
  • Be a full-time student in an accredited two- or four-year college as a classified undergraduate student or a vocational program full-time student in or out of the State of Hawai‘i.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 for graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students. If cumulative G.P.A. is less than 2.5 provide a letter of explanation for consideration.
  • Priority is given to current paid members of Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu (HCCH), including directly related family members.
  • HCCH bylaws/policy gives preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.

2021 Scholarship Essay Questions

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: Prince Kūhiō had three founding objectives in mind when he established the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu:
•       Elevate (restore) the social status of Hawaiians
•       Elevate (restore) the intellectual status of Hawaiians
•       Increase pride in race heritage and Hawaiian identity
Based on these three founding objectives, how will your education (field of study or trade) impact at least one of the founding objectives?

ESSAY QUESTION #2: Civic Duty is often misinterpreted as just one task.  Besides just exercising your right to vote, What two ways would you actively support, exercise, and/or engage your civic kuleana (privilege and responsibility) as a member of the Native Hawaiian community either during school or after graduation?

ESSAY QUESTION #3: During the global pandemic, our Native Hawaiian communities’ experience challenges like never before.  Our lāhui encounters unique opportunities to innovate and regenerate.  How would you become a contributor to the lāhui in building a more resilient Native Hawaiian 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. 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.


Please complete your essay using the PDF forms below.
Choose and respond to only 2 questions.
Limit 750 words per essay.

Scholarship Essay Form 2021