1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor
Nainoa graduated from Kamehameha Schools in Kailua, Oahu, in 1995 and was an Army ROTC graduate from the University of Hawaii. He was a person who understood what it meant to serve his country. In 1999, as a member of the 100th Battalion, Nainoa was selected as the Pacific Area's Army Reserve Soldier of the Year. Nainoa enjoyed karaoke and body surfing. Nainoa and his wife, Emily, were married in June 2004. He was killed on January 22, 2005.
Vanna Nguyen received the Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor on what would have been Nainoa's 40th birthday. Vanna is a sophomore at the University of Hawaii, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with the goal of serving as a Veterinarian in the U.S. Army. She is pictured here with Nainoa's Dad, Allen.
Ryan Twigg-Smith is a Junior at the University of Hawaii, at Manoa who is studying Geology with an emphasis in Environmental Earth Science. He is also an active member of the Army's ROTC Warrior Battalion, as an MS III cadet under the U.S. Army's Cadet Command.
August 28th would have been Nainoa Hoe's 38th birthday. That day the 9th annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Cadet Florian Kanoho-Taong in Honolulu Hawaii.
Foundation board member, Major Tony Mitchell was there to participate in the event, along with 6 of Nainoa’s buddies and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
A Junior at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus, Cadet Eric Agluba pursued a degree in Microbiology. His goal was to earn a degree and commission in the Army’s Medical Service Corps and eventually to become an Army Physician.
Eric is pictured here (in white on right) with Nainoa's Dad, Allen and three past Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor recipients (back), 2011 James Mahoney, 2010 Haley Okamura & 2013 Finesi Taimasa
Finesi Taimasa received the 7th annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor. Finesi Taimasa. Cadet Taimasa is studied at University of Hawaii at Manoa and majoredin Political Science. He is an avid learner who believes in fostering kindness towards others in the form of volunteering and helping others. He is pictured here with Nainoa's dad, Allen.
Juvie Ignacio Varela received the 6th annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor. Juvie is a 2012 graduate of Kalaheo High School and earned the scholarship based upon her outstanding academic achievements and superior leadership performance as a member of the Kalahelo High School Naval Junior Resrve Officer Training Corps program.
James Mahoney was awarded the 5th annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor. He is pictured here with Nainoa’s Dad, Allen Hoe and sponsor Ohelo Kaopio’s 14-year old son, Maverick who did a great job presenting the scholarship
Haley Okamura was pursing a dream to be a high school history teacher after his service in the U.S. Army. He is pictured here with Allen Hoe, Nainoa's Dad.
Mikael Torres attended the University of Hawaii in the Army ROTC Warrior Battalion.
The 2008 Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Alexander Ladeira. Alexander enrolled in the ROTC program at the University of Hawaii.
The 2007 Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Justin Sambueno (l) by Scholarship Sponsor Ohelo Kaopio (c). Nainoa's father, Allen Hoe (r) attended the presentation at the Army's Battle Command Training Center at Schofield Barracks. The center is named in honor of Nainoa.
The 2006 Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Ikaikaokalani Lowa. Pictured here with sponsor, Ohelo Kaopio.
5 Star Endowment Contributors
- Ohelo Kaopio
2 Star Contributors
- Weyers Family Foundation
1 Star Contributors
- Reginald V. Castanares, Jr., United Association Plumbers and Fitters Local 675