Michael Kikukawa, the Molokai High School senior recently accepted to attend Harvard University, will now have one more honor to add to his resume.
U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz announced that Kikukawa will be one of two Hawaii students selected as delegates to the 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 9-16 in Washington, D.C.
Kikukawa and Keagan Sakai-Kawada of Hilo were chosen to be among 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 51st annual Washington Week.
The competitive, merit-based program brings 104 students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong study of the federal government and the people who lead it.
Kikukawa is the first Molokai student since Kimberly Svetin in 1987 to be selected for this program.
In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provides each student delegate with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; no government funds are used.
Kikukawa said he intends to study pre-law at Harvard. He has shown his interest in government by serving as Molokai High Student Government president and Hawaii State Student Council vice chairman. In addition, Kikukawa is secretary of the Maui District Student Council, vice president of the District 50 Leo Council, president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Akamai Finance Academy, treasurer of the Molokai High School Leo Club and treasurer of the Molokai Earth Preservation Organization.