HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Energetic volunteer, nonprofit organization chair, national service award recipient and high school junior Lisa Kam '17 is being recognized by Maryknoll School with a $10,000 Kekumano Scholarship for leadership and community service. Fifteen other Maryknoll K12 students will also receive scholarships and be recognized alongside Kam at the 18th Annual Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Award and Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, May 7 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
"Lisa's contributions to the community have impacted hundreds of people across the state," Maryknoll School President Perry Martin said. "She is not only an excellent student, but also a compassionate leader who, at a young age, has already taken the initiative to create her own solutions to real-world challenges. Lisa and the other students who will be recognized exemplify the spirit of our school's motto, Noblesse Oblige, 'to whom much is given, much is expected,' and set an example that inspires us all."
Kam comes from a family that has a history of community service. Her cousins founded PITCH (Projects Inspired by Teens Changing Hawaii), a student-led nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that started when Kam was in the sixth grade. She now leads the organization, which has completed numerous outreach projects including raising $2,500 for the Children's Miracle Network at Kapiolani Medical Center.
"I've been blessed to see the joys of giving back from a young age," Kam said. "The extra work is always worth it when you notice the impact that you've had on others and see the smiles on their faces."
Kam's community outreach has been recognized for two straight years with the Gold President's Volunteer Service Award, given for completing more than 250 service hours annually as a young adult. In addition to the projects she leads through PITCH, she is passionate about honoring and perpetuating Chinese culture, and assists with events for local organizations such as the Dragon Boat Festival, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Lions Clubs International and the See Dai Doo Society.
She serves as president of the Chinese Club at Maryknoll, and has taught English to Chinese exchange students at Maryknoll's Advantage Summer Camp in Honolulu as well as to students at Shanghai Jin Yuan Senior High School in China.
All proceeds from the Kekumano Award & Scholarship Dinner will benefit Maryknoll School's Kekumano Scholarship Endowment Fund. The event will also honor New City Nissan President and General Manager John Uekawa with the Noblesse Oblige Award for Service for his work as a philanthropist, sponsor and volunteer.
To reserve a table, purchase tickets, and/or to make a monetary or in kind donation, visit https://www.maryknollschool.org/events/kekumanodinner or call (808) 952-7316.