Congratulations to the Recent Recipients of UH Manoa DURP's Fellowship Awards!

The APA Hawaii Chapter would like to recognize the following individuals for receiving the UH Manoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning's 2019-2020 fellowship awards. DURP offers a number of competitive fellowship awards for prospective and continuing students. These fellowships include the APA Hawaii Chapter Award, the SSFM Alumni Award, and the RM Towill Award. Congratulations to the awardees!

Kimi Makaiau: RM Towill Corporation Fellowship

Kimi Makaiau is a second year Master’s student and graduate research assistant in the Urban and Regional Planning department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She decided to return for her Master’s Degree after a fifteen-year career in marine resource education, community planning, and Native Hawaiian higher education and training. Her academic interests include environmental and land use planning, and she will be graduating in Spring 2021.

She is honored to receive this year’s R.M. Towill Corporation Fellowship, and would like to thank the Corporation for supporting emerging planners and the tremendous work they do here in Hawaii and across the Pacific.

Megan Julian: SSFM Alumi Award

Megan Julian is a Coast Salish Masters Candidate with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ever since she was old enough to comprehend injustice in the world she has wanted to change it. This desire led her to international development studies as an undergraduate and later working within non-profit organizations as a youth educator and facilitator. Currently her work focuses on disaster relief supply chain management; indigenous planning; and sustainable and low-impact water management. Megan is both humbled and honored to be the recipient of the 2019-2020 SSFM International Graduate Scholarship in Planning. This generous support has inspired Megan to continue working to improve the community around her.

Layla Kilolu: APA Hawaii Chapter Award

Layla Kilolu is a PhD student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research focus is on social equity in climate change planning initiatives. She is currently supporting Oahu's climate action planning initiatives and the State of Hawaii's climate equity working group. She has previously worked for Sea Grant, Hawaii Gas, and served as an intern at the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency and Elemental Excelerator. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University in California, and graduated cum laude from the University of California Irvine.