Kiwanis look to the future at 20th anniversary of scholarships

HANAMA‘ULU — Nurses and those with business management potential are good investments for the future.

Those are the goals of the two recipients of the annual Kiwanis Club of Kaua‘i scholarships who were presented their awards during the club’s Tuesday meeting at the Hanama‘ulu Cafe.

Chantel “Nohea” Denenden is a member of the Kapa‘a Key Club and plans on attending at least two years at the Kaua‘i Community College as a nursing major.

Denenden’s eventual plan is to become an anesthesiologist, but says she needs to study nursing as a prerequisite to her eventual goal.

Marisa Valenciano is an active member of the Kaua‘i High School Key Club where she was insistent on helping senior breakfast patrons with their carry-out orders during the Kiwanis Club French Toast Breakfast.

Valenciano plans on attending the University of Oregon where her dad, Judge Randal Valenciano, graduated. She plans to major in business management.

Eric Yama, the Kiwanis’ Scholarship Chair, said Tuesday’s presentation marked the 20th year the Kiwanis Club has been presenting scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

With the presentation to this year’s candidates, Yama said the club has distributed $50,000 in scholarship funds over the past 20 years.

The scholarships were presented by Pat Cooney, the club’s president, and the scholars and their parents were hosted to lunch by the Kiwanis.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or


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