ARDA-Hawaii Timeshare Association Awards 2 Student Scholarships

ARDA Hawaii, (American Resort Development Association) has awarded two Maui students Steve Hirano Memorial Scholarship Awards of $1,000 each. Bronson Maulupe-Kanae and Chassidy Sakamoto are both Travel Industry Management students at Hawaii Pacific University.

Daniel Dinell, Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing Programs for Hilton Grand Vacations Club’s Asia/Pacific region and ARDA Hawaii Chair, said, “Bronson and Chassidy exemplify the kind of driven and ardent students and young professionals Hawaii needs in timeshare and travel industry management. The generosity of the donors and sponsors who support the scholarship fund make it possible for us to continue helping students pursuing careers in our state’s most prominent industry.”

Each year ARDA Hawaii raises money for the scholarships through its annual golf tournament, which helps underwrite the Steve Hirano Memorial Scholarship fund. Hirano was a long-time supporter of the Hawaii timeshare industry. Over the past 7 years, the program has raised more than $70,000 for the scholarship fund.

About the Student Winners of the ARDA Timeshare Association Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship award, student must be enrolled as fulltime students at the TIM (Travel Industry Management) program at HPU; be either a Junior or Senior class member and have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Bronson Maulupe-Kanae, of Kahului, is a 2009 graduate of Maui High School. He is scheduled to graduate from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in spring 2013. Chassidy Sakamoto is a 2010 graduate of H.P. Baldwin High School, a resident of Kahului, and is scheduled to graduate from HPU in the spring of 2014.