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Kaya Ketter Awarded $5,000 Friends of Hanauma Bay Scholarship Award

We are proud to announce that Kaya Ketter is the Friends of Hanauma Bay $5,000 Scholarship Program Winner for the 2022 – 2023 Academic Year.

Established in 2017 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the designation of Hanauma Bay as the State of Hawaii’s first Marine Life Conservation District, the Friends of Hanauma Bay Scholarship Program recognizes one or more graduating seniors of the Henry J. Kaiser High School Wipeout Crew who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our mission of protecting the natural qualities of Hanauma Bay.

Kaya Ketter is a recent graduate from Henry J. Kaiser High School. She earned a cumulative 4.1 GPA and completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She will be majoring in Communications at the University of Colorado, Denver. During her high school career she was a leader in the Wipeout Crew. Through multiple beach cleanups and volunteer opportunities her passion for ocean conservation expanded. This led her to create a children’s audiobook which emphasizes the importance of ocean conservation in Hawaii, and in general, with topics discussing reef-friendly sunscreens, overfishing, the ocean food chain, and more. She plans to continue to focus on environmentalism through volunteering and advocating for sustainability.

Mahalo to our generous donors who support this important scholarship program, including our matching fund donor Valorie Harper, and to Wipeout Crew Faculty Advisor Paul Balazs who mentors his students in this exceptional environmental outreach club.