9th Annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor awarded

| September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of U.S. Army Hawaii, congratulates Cadet Florian Kanoho-Taong, recipient of the 9th Annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor Award, Aug. 28, at the Lt. Nainoa Hoe Mission Training Complex. (Photo by Jeep Marshall, Headquarters, U.S. Army Hawaii)

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of U.S. Army Hawaii, congratulates Cadet Florian Kanoho-Taong, recipient of the 9th Annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor Award, Aug. 28, at the Lt. Nainoa Hoe Mission Training Complex. (Photo by Jeep Marshall, Headquarters, U.S. Army Hawaii)

Allen K. Hoe
Hawaii Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The historic legacy of the University of Hawaii Army ROTC comes alive each fall semester with a new generation of cadets.

On Friday, Aug. 28, Nainoa Hoe’s 38th birthday was celebrated with the presentation of the 9th Annual Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor Award to one of Hawaii’s finest young scholar warriors, Cadet Florian Kanoho-Taong.

The ceremony, held at the Lt. Nainoa Hoe Mission Training Complex, here, is named in honor of Nainoa, a 1995 Kamehameha Schools graduate from Kailua, Oahu.

Kanoho-Taong is the son of Florian Taong Sr. and Matlyn Kanoho of Honolulu.

Kanoho-Taong’s distinguished service as an active duty Army sergeant with the 25th Infantry Division’s “Golden Dragons,” the 1st Battalion, 14th Inf. Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, earned him a coveted Army Green to Gold Scholarship.

Kanoho-Taong’s journey began in Roosevelt High School’s JROTC “Rough Rider Battalion” where he excelled in every aspect of leadership and command under the guidance of Maj. Rodney Kimura and Master Sgt. Conrad Koki.

“The JROTC program inspired me to join the Army, with a long-term goal to be an Army officer,” Kanoho-Taong said.

A former noncommissioned officer with the Army’s combat engineers in Iraq has prepared him well for service as an Army officer. He is currently attending Hawaii Pacific University majoring in psychology and serves as a student senator. In addition, he works with HPU’s Veteran’s Affairs contributing to the improvement and maintenance of counseling services for the university’s military veteran students.

The award is based upon academics, athletics and leadership skills of cadets who have exhibited a commitment to public service while in a Hawaii high school JROTC program.

The award honors the legacy of service of 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe, a distinguished Kamehameha JROTC cadet who earned an MBA degree and commission as an Army infantry officer in 2003 from the University of Hawaii.

Hoe, an Army Ranger and a fearless infantry platoon leader with the 1st SBCT of the 25th ID, gave his last full measure of devotion Jan. 22, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, while leading a foot patrol urging Iraqi citizens to vote in Iraq’s first national elections.

Learning of his selection, Kanoho-Taong said, “It is an honor to be selected to receive this year’s scholarship and serve as an ambassador for 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe’s legacy. I am grateful to the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation and Mr. Dawson, whose generosity honors Nainoa Hoe’s legacy each year.”

The $1,000 scholarship, along with a silver medallion, is endowed by Waimanalo businessman Ohelo Kaopio under the Wisconsin-based Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation.

Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation

Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships honoring fallen war heroes to students across the U.S. and around the world committed to military or public service.

The foundation was created in 1992 in the name of Brian LaViolette who lived his life with many inspirational thoughts in mind, including the phrase “the journey is the reward.” Brian kept those words by his bed and captured his passion for living and his appreciation for life’s challenges.

Chris Dawson of the “Hawaiian Native Corporation” and its subsidiary companies also honor Hawaii’s sons and daughters who proudly wear our nation’s uniform, with a check of $1,500 in support of this UH ROTC scholarship.

— Point of Contact

For more information about the scholarship, call Allen K. Hoe at (808) 292-6845.

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