Keahi and Kiana Favela

Kids’ Chance of Hawaii
Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Kids’ Chance of Hawaii’s 2020 Scholarship Recipients!

Aloha, we are Keahi and Kiana Favela from Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Our dad, Steve Favela, was a Solo Bike Officer with the Honolulu Police Department. On November 21, 2006, our dad was in a motorcycle accident while providing protection for then-President George W. Bush. His motorcycle slid on wet pavement as the Presidential motorcade entered Hickam Air Force Base and he was thrown from his motorcycle. We were seven and five years old at the time of his accident and we spent the next five days at our dad’s bedside in the ICU until he passed away on November 26, 2006.

“The doctors and medical staff that took care of my dad during the five days that he was in the ICU made a huge impression on me and because of that I have always wanted to be a doctor. I am currently enrolled at Chapman University in Orange, California and will be entering my senior year in the Fall. I am on track to graduate next May with my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science with an emphasis on Pre-Med. I will also be taking the MCAT in August and will start applying to medical school in the Fall.” – Keahi Favela

“For as long as I can remember I have always loved being in front of a camera and speaking in front of audiences. My earliest memories of “reporting” go back to elementary school when I was elected to represent my homeroom on our school’s student council committee. I attended weekly meetings and reported everything that I learned back to my homeroom. It was the first time in my life that I thought about pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. I just completed my freshman year at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange, California and am enrolled in their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Documentary program. I feel lucky to be able to attend one of the best colleges in America for Broadcast Journalism” – Kiana Favela

We are very grateful to the Kids Chance of Hawaii organization for the generous educational scholarships that they have awarded to us and for welcoming us into their `ohana. They have made a huge impact on the trajectory of our lives and we will always be thankful for the opportunities their scholarship has given to us. Being recipients of their scholarship not only defrayed a large portion of our college costs but it has also allowed us to follow our academic dreams to attend college on the mainland in fields that will allow us to one day give back to the people of Hawaii.