About Town: August 24, 2020

  • Prudholm

  • Camacho

  • Sarong

Canoe club announces scholarship recipients

Lawrence “Uncle Bo” Campos Scholarships were awarded this year to three young women with exceptional academics, active volunteerism, leadership and have actively paddled in high school and/or outrigger canoe club racing, Kai Opua Canoe Club announced this week.


A scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Liana Prudholm. Also receiving scholarships of $500 each were Desiree Camacho and Lia-Tui Sarong.

Prudholm graduated from Keaau High School where she also paddled, as well as being a racing member of Keaukaha Canoe Club. She is continuing her college education at Hawaii Community College, majoring in electrical installation and maintenance technology.

Camacho and Sarong are both graduates of Kealakehe High School, paddled with the high school team and are racing members of Kai Opua Canoe Club.

Camacho will study at California Polytechnic State University at Pomona where she will pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. Sarong will continue her education at University of Washington where she will pursue a master’s degree in architecture. Both Camacho and Sarong are taking their courses online for the fall semester.

The scholarship is awarded annually to graduating seniors of Hawaii Island high schools, who participated in outrigger canoe paddling and are furthering their education at a university, college or trade school. Applications for the 2021 scholarship will be available in April at www.kaiopua.org/scholarship.

Produce, ‘Cook Your Own Meal’ bundle pickups announced

Laiopua 2020 will distribute produce bags Tuesday and its “Cook Your Own Meal” bundles on Thursday in Kailua-Kona.

Produce bags supplement families’ meals and provide needed fresh fruits and vegetables.


Each “Cook Your Own Meal” bundle includes a recipe and the protein/produce/groceries to prepare the meal. The ingredients are enough to feed a family of six to eight. This week’s meal is beef-mushroom stew. Only the first 150 vehicles will be served.

Distribution will take place at 5 p.m. both days at Laiopua 2020’s center, 74-5210 Keanalehu Drive in Kailua-Kona. Recipients are asked to drive through the parking lot to receive the bundle or bag. One bundle or bag per vehicle.

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