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Runners circumnavigate O’ahu to raise scholarships for Waianae students

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On May 20, 100 runners will embark on the annual Hoku Relay - a 134 mile team relay run around the island of O`ahu. Ten teams of ten runners will alternate running 5-mile segments for 22 straight hours, operating out of cars and vans, and even running through the night.

Aside from the physical challenge that awaits runners, there is a bigger goal for them: to collectively fundraise $50,000 for Hoku Scholars. Hoku Scholars was founded in 2012 as a way to provide financial assistance to college aspiring students from the Waianae community. In 4 years, it has raised over a quarter million dollars via the grassroots efforts of teachers, volunteers, and community members, leading to an endowment that will perpetually create scholarships for students at Waianae High School.

The proceeds of the Hoku Relay will enable Hoku Scholars to provide approximately 50 additional “proactive scholarships” to Waianae students. As opposed to traditional scholarships that are awarded at high school graduation, Hoku will distribute these proactive scholarships to students while they are still in high school. Students can apply for the scholarships by first identifying leadership, athletic, learning, and other enrichment experiences that they’d like to pursue while they are in high school. For example, last year, a sophomore at Waianae High School wanted to take a summer course at the University of Hawaii to earn college credits, but the $750 in tuition and books was prohibitive. Hoku Scholars stepped in and awarded this student a proactive scholarship to cover the costs.

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