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Nalukai gives students unique opportunities with help from Alaska Airlines

Supporting community organizations during "Week of LIFT"

Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

From October 11-19, Alaska Airlines is celebrating a “Week of LIFT,” a companywide week of giving back. One of the many community organizations that Alaska supports here in Hawaii is Nalukai. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with David Clarke to talk more about how the program is impacting Hawaii’s youth.

Nalukai brings together some of Hawaii’s most innovative and ambitious high school students from public, private, and charter schools throughout the islands. This past year, Nalukai received applications from 205 applicants from over 60 different schools.  Admitted students receive a ten-day residential leadership and entrepreneurship camp, staffed by industry professionals, innovative educators, and cultural practitioners.

Nalukai runs as a fellowship with each student receiving a full scholarship to attend and a laptop to help them build out the endeavors they develop during the program.

“We are committed to building a network of young innovators, influencers, and entrepreneurs here in Hawaii and our partnership with Alaska Airlines allows us to expand and support this network,” Clarke says.

Nalukai is unique in that it offers a free entrepreneurship and leadership program for Hawaii high school students designed to help them develop and articulate their ambitions through mentorship, increasing cultural reverence, and exposing them to methodologies for entrepreneurial product and service development.

Nalukai participants come from a wide range of economic backgrounds and geographic areas. Past participants have hailed from Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island. Many also have different backgrounds based on the type of schools they attended. Additionally, Nalukai encourages students with different skill sets, like coding, project management, writing, videography, and marketing to name a few, and teaches them to work effectively in teams.

In addition to continuing to offer the Nalukai Academy Summer Startup Camps to an increasing number of students across the state, Nalukai also runs professional development workshops for educators and aims to build a physical semester-away school.

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