Ka Ipu Kukui applications open

Do you know of an outstanding individual, 25 to 40 years of age, that would thrive in a program created to identify and develop young leaders in Maui County?

Ka ipu kukui translates to crucible of light. It is this light that shines in each and every one of us who is willing to make a difference in our environment, in our community, and in our lives.

Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows is a year-long leadership development program uniquely designed for community-identified current and future leaders of Maui Nui. The curriculum specifically addresses the many challenges that face Maui Nui and provides participants unfiltered access to a variety of key individuals and locations on Maui.

Each month, the program’s content focuses on the multiple perspectives of Maui’s different challenges. Through these monthly learning opportunities known as Halawai, participants develop a holistic appreciation and understanding of these unique challenges, ultimately arriving at a more informed framework and a more enhanced network to better address Maui Nui’s challenges in the future.

I’m most proud of how the program helped me to be a better listener, community member, father and leader,” says Ka Ipu Kukui Alumni Craig Kinoshita, “The program taught me how to actively listen to all sides, consider what is best for the majority, consider the financial impacts, consider the environmental impacts, how to interact with different types of people and that doing the right thing is not always the popular thing.”


Applicants must reside in Maui Nui and be between the ages of 25 and 40 at the time of the application deadline. Fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the members of the Board of Directors. Up to 15 individuals will be selected based on criteria including commitment to civic involvement in Maui Nui, the potential for community leadership, and professional as well as personal achievement.

Learn more and apply at https://kaipukukui.com/how-to-apply/