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Kamehameha Schools Maui Students Awarded with National Academic Honors

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(Top L to R) Amaya Genovia, Nalikokeilani Cabanilla, Jaston Patao, (Bottom L to R) Jaxson Pahukula, Sean Sakamoto, and Jayden Pahukula.
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Six Kamehameha Schools Maui students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs.

These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process.

Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.


KS Maui Academic honorees include:

  • Amaya Genovia, grade 12
  • Jaston Patao, grade 12
  • Jaxson Pahukula, grade 12
  • Jayden Pahukula, grade 12
  • Nalikoleilani Cabanilla, grade 12
  • Sean Sakamoto, grade 12

“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Poʻo Kula (Head of School), Dr. Scott K. Parker. “These programs help our students stand out from the many applicants universities and colleges receive during admissions.”

Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.


Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.

“By awarding students who excel academically with honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, our aim is to create pathways to college for underrepresented students,” said Steve Bumbaugh, College Board senior vice president of College & Career Access. “We hope this inspires many more students to work toward this recognition.”


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