New $10,000 Hokuala Scholarship launches with surprise award to Honokaa graduate

Keilani Steele is adorned in lei after being awarded the Hokuala Scholarship Thursday night much to her surprise. (COURTESY PHOTO/MAUNAKEA OBSERVATORIES)

HONOKAA — Honokaa High &Intermediate School graduate Keilani Steele is the first Maunakea Scholar to be awarded the new Hokuala Scholarship: $10,000 to attend the college of her choice in pursuit of an astronomy degree.