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Alpha Kappa Iota accepting the Pacific Region Distinguished Chapter Award.

Honolulu Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, also known as Alpha Kappa Iota, was honored with four awards at the annual Pacific Regional Convention of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held in early March.

The regional awards Honolulu CC received recognize the Phi Theta Kappa students for their hard work and scholarly research efforts in developing and implementing scholarship, service and leadership projects.


  • Five Star Chapter Award, which recognizes the highest level of chapter development
  • Distinguished Chapter
  • Distinguished College Project
  • Honors in Action Theme Award for Theme 8: “Making the Grade: Competition and Education”, which recognizes the chapter’s project, “Community Impact–Adopt a School” led by students Clayton Ababa, Ginelli Abalos, Mara Aste, Sakaria Auelua-Toomey, Janell Celestino and Jamie Rodrigues
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Chantal Keliihoomalu

Honolulu’s Phi Theta Kappa member Chantal Keliʻihoomalu was also named the 2013 New Century Scholar recipient for the State of Hawaiʻi. More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 800 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

The college’s convention delegates included students Ababa, Aste, Auelua-Toomey and Rodrigues, and advisors Assistant Professor Rob Edmondson, Associate Professor Lena Low and Assistant Professor Jeannie Shaw.

Adapted from a Honolulu CC news release

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