By Joy Yoo, APIASF Staff
Aloha from Hawai’i!
I arrived in beautiful Hawai’i earlier in the week, and I am so excited to be here! Over the next two and a half months, I will be traveling throughout the country to raise awareness about financial aid and the three scholarship programs APIASF manages to tens of thousands of AAPI students.
I could not think of a better place to start my travel season.
Hawai’i is home to over 355,000 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and is the state with the highest NHPI population and highest percent of NHPI of total population – 26%. (Source) Throughout this week, I am traveling to O’ahu, the Big Island, and Kaua’i to visit various high schools and meet with community members and leaders.
On behalf of APIASF and GMS, I am looking forward to continuing to build our relationships and to provide more resources to AAPI students in Hawai’i.
I have heard such wonderful things about Hawaii’s views, food, beaches, etc. However, I am most excited to connect with the people – that is core to APIASF’s work and I look forward most to establishing in-person relationships over the next week.
Until next time – aloha!