Each year, the KMO Board of Directors approves the funding level to financially assist selected eligible applicants pursue educational opportunities that lead to a college degree; professional license or certificate; or skills designation or certification from any accredited college/university, vocational trade school, or other post-high school skills training educational institution or program. The awards have a dollar value, and selected recipients will have the opportunity to access the award funds through their school of enrollment as the funds will be credited to the recipient’s school account for payment of educational expenses payable to the school.
TOMMY KAKESAKO SCHOLAR - $5,000 Scholarship Award This award honors the memory and legacy of Tommy Kakesako who was a member of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company L.
SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE SCHOLAR This award honors the memory and legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient as a member of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
SENATOR DANIEL K. AKAKA SCHOLAR This award honors the memory and legacy of Senator Daniel K. Akaka, a World War II veteran, a distinguished educator, and member of Congress.
KE'EHI MEMORIAL ORGANIZATION SCHOLAR This award recognizes the efforts of all veterans, past and present, and pays tribute to their selfless service to safeguard our democratic principles and ensure our individual and collective freedoms.KMO Scholarship Program
In March 2021, KMO donated the use of the John A. Burns Hall to the VA to host a series of COVID-19 Vacination Events.
The VA used the 6200 square feet of this event meeting space to set up its vacination center with registration tables, patient waiting area, vacination stations and post vacination observation area. The VA Vacination Team of 40 dedicated professionals provided over 600 veterans with their COVID-19 vacinations.
KMO and the UH Army ROTC have entered into a partnership for mutually benficial activities between the two organizations. KMO provides an ideal venue for the ROTC Commissioning Ceremonies, during which the Cadets make the transition to Second Lieutenants. The Cadets will engage in a series of annual service projects that would help provide for the maintenance and upkeep of the Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial Park. These service projects will allow the Cadets to contribute to the Legacy of the Veterans who worked hard in building and maintaining this lovely memorial.
. The Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial Organization has a rich history that intertwines with the Universary of Hawaii Army ROTC program. From as early as World War II, UH Army ROTC program has been honored with outstanding Cadets who answered the call to arms. Serving in the Varsity Victory Volunteers, Hawaii Territorial Guard, and with the 100th BN/ 442nd RCT, UH Army ROTC Cadets lived the motto Ikaika Imua 'To go forward with strength.'
Veterans Organization Support Grants and Sponsorships
Short-Term Accommodations for Medical Appointments at the VA Clinic/TAMC
VA Satellite Service Dellivery Facility and In-Kind Support
DAV and Purple Heart Association Facility and Meeting Support
Veteran Stand Down Support
At-Risk Youth Organization Support Grants and Sponsorships
Annual Post High School Scholarship Program
Youth Group Camping Activity Support
Kalihi-Palama Schools and Community Organization Financial and In-Kind Support