Peace Scholar Recipients

These are the selected Peace Scholars that are awarded participation in a seven-week summer learning seminar in Oslo, Norway, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2019 Peace Scholars

Sarah Michal Hamid

Sarah Michal Hamid is pursuing a double major in Women’s Studies & Global Sustainability Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at  Mānoa, as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Peace Studies. She has a deep connection to the Earth and her ancestors, and strives to build a world that embraces both. Sarah is active on Oʻahu, and is proud to stand in solidarity with her Kānaka Maoli in the deoccupation and sovereignty in Hawaiʻi nei and the Pacific. She is a former Youth Ambassador at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in 2018. She is a research assistant on the Oʻahu based SMART Ala Wai project, and a member of Af3irm Hawaiʻi. Sarah’s research interests include issues of environmental justice and engage with themes such as colonialism, feminist theory, immigration, indigeneity, and racial justice. She hopes to pursue a career centered in peace, justice, and community, both locally and globally.

Candace Noguchi

Candace Noguchi is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Peace Studies. Candace is a proud alum of Kapi‘olani  Community College (KCC) and of the Lunalilo Scholars Program. At KCC she was a peer mentor for the Ho‘okele Student Success Peer Mentor Program and the Lunalilo Scholars Program. A former Girl Scout, she served as a delegate representing the Girl Scouts of America at the United Nations (UN) 2017 Commission for Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York. She is passionate on learning about women rights, mental health on a local and national level, effects of violence on women and children, LGBTQ+ issues, and indigenous rights. Her future plans include serving in the Peace Corps and becoming a clinical child psychologist working with abused and traumatized children.

2018 Peace Scholars

Donna R Anuenue Mose Kanahele

Donna-R. Anuenue Mose-Kanahele is pursuing her BA in Sociology in the fall of 2018 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society. Donna plans to return for her Masters in Sociology, as well as to pursue a certificate in conflict resolution. Donna's desire is to work closely with native Polynesian children within the Department of Education to help them rediscover and adopt culturally meaningful practices in order to address issues of community and identity. Donna is an avid volunteer for malama aina (caring for the Hawaiian lands), non-profits, and various types of welfare programs. She is also the mother of twelve beautiful children, and wife of a pureblooded Hawaiian from the forbidden island of Niihau. In her spare time, she loves to dance and play sports with her children. Donna is very excited to bring her varied life experiences with her as she continues her peacebuilding journey.

Nanea Lo

He Nanea Lo kēia, a nō Papakōlea, Oʻahu mai ʻo ia. Nanea Lo of Papakōlea, Oʻahu is a kanaka Maoli scholar, daughter, sister, feminist, and activist. She is obtaining her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is involved in the Mortar Board Honor Society and spends much of her free time doing volunteer work in land restoration projects, such as Papahana Kuaola, Paepae o Heʻeia, Kalaeloa Heritage Park, and the Pālolo Pipeline Project. She is civically engaged with aloha ʻāina efforts of land, water, and ʻiwi kūpuna (ancestral burials and bones) with Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Honolulu (Honolulu Hawaiian Civic Club), ʻAhahui Siwila o Kapolei o Kapolei Hawaiian Civic Club, and the Sierra Club Hawaiʻi Chapter. She is also a part of the civic social movement engaging around legislative issues of patriarchy and policy with Af3irm Hawaiʻi; a transnational feminist organization based in the continental U.S. Nanea plans to get her MA in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on community planning and social policy. She aspires to be an agent for positive change in her community, school, professional, and personal life and to help build a more resilient future for Hawaiʻi with the communities of Hawaiʻi.

2017 Peace Scholars

Clare Marie Anderson

Clare-Marie Anderson is a Presidential Scholar at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors in addition to obtaining certificates in both Sophomore Highest Honors and Peace Studies. She is aspiring to matriculate into medical school after graduating next spring, and has been preparing for her next chapter by gaining volunteer, internship, and research experience at local hospitals, the OB/GYN department at the Kapiolani Medical Center, Make-A-Wish Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. She also is a student-athlete who competes on the University's indoor and sand volleyball teams. Ultimately, she hopes to incorporate her passion for peace into her practice of medicine in the future, in the hopes of improving health care in under-privileged communities. Clare is looking forward to honing her peace-building skills over the summer to help her reach this goal.

Jasmine Samiere

Jasmine Samiere is finishing up her BA in Community Studies this semester, and will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration at the University of Hawaiʻi in the Fall of 2017. Jasmine has a strong background in Public Service and has worked and volunteered for a number of different organizations both locally and internationally. Jasmine has served as a Community Based Provider for The Arc in Hawaii where she facilitated community building activities for a woman with intellectual disabilities. She has also volunteered for various community centers and non-profits in Uganda, Indonesia, and Nepal. Currently, Jasmine is a Student Coordinator at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program where she assists faculty in funding student research initiatives. She has been nominated for the Student Employee of the Year Award. Jasmine hopes to combine her skills into a career that involves public service and international development.