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we provide detailed curricula and in-depth training and guidance to assist them in replicating classes and workshops similar to those offered by Hawaii Rise Foundation.

2018 Rachel Gangwes "Mohala" Scholarship Awardee:

Alexus Paglinawan

Alexus Paglinawan has been awarded the 2018 Rachel Leilani Gangwes Scholarship of $1,000. This scholarship was sponsored in partnership with Kealani Gangwes, in memory of her late sister, Rachel Leilani Gangwes, who was born with Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18). While most children do not live past their first birthday, Rachel persevered overwhelming odds to bless her family, friends, and community with eighteen years of love and joy. Rachel reminded everyone that every day is a gift with which you must do your best to uplift others, through words and actions.

Alexus was selected as the applicant that most embodied Mohala, which means to bloom, shine forth and develop; as Rachel inspired others to, and as our young leaders should endeavor to as they move forward in their academic journies while continuing to give back to their communities. As a 2018 graduate of Hilo High School, Alexus inspires to return home after attending college in the mainland and use her education and experiences to help decrease drug use in the local community.

2018 Keaukaha General Store "Holomua" Scholarship Awardee:

Kalama Kala'i Morales

Keaukaha General Store has named Kalama Kala’i Morales as the recipient of their 2018 Holomua Scholarship of $1,000. This scholarship was sponsored by community partner, Keaukaha General Store. Kalama was awarded this scholarship in recognition of his commitment to “holomua” or to improve, progress, and move forward.

As local high school seniors graduate and continue on to higher education, Keaukaha General Store wants to encourage young leaders to look at issues in the community and prompt them to think of ways to help and improve where they come from. As these graduates embark on new paths as young adults, this is an important reminder of their roots and how their efforts will reflect and contribute to the community that molded them.

Kalama is a 2018 graduate of Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu intends to return to Hilo and use his education in sports and medicine to support and improve the health and well-being of the Hilo community.

Rise With Us

We currently teach youth professional skills to help them in their adult life such as resume building , interview prep, and financial wellness. We also provide them with educational support and teach workshops such as financial wellness and scholarship searching while connecting the youth to additional resources.

We also teach cultural workshops to help guide and connect the youth to their culture as many of our youth are native Hawaiians. We do our best to give our youth tools that will be useful for them as they grow while equipping them with things we feel necessary as young adults


We strive to provide quality workshops and activities, seeking to leverage our expertise, resources, and experiences to support our community.