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Jun 23, 2014

Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust selects Shawna-Lei Kuehu as summer intern

HONOLULU, June 24, 2014 – The Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust has selected Shawna-Lei Kuehu for its 2014 summer intern position.  Ms. Kuehu will report to Robert Ozaki, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer.

As summer intern, Shawna-Lei will assist in all aspects of Trust endowment operations, with projects assigned by managers in the areas of property management, portfolio investment, land development, finance/accounting, Trust administration and probate matters, among others. 

Shawna-Lei graduated from Punahou High School in 2008, and received a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa this past June.  She received an additional year of basketball eligibility at UH, making this upcoming 2014-15 school year her last as a Rainbow Wahine, during which time she also will pursue a second bachelor’s degree, in Hawaiian Studies.

As a student athlete at Punahou, Shawna led her team to three state titles in ’05, ’06 and ’08.  She was a two-time Hawaii State Player of the Year and holds a Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association state tournament record of 37 points in the 2006 state championship game.

At UH Manoa this past season, Shawna was voted the winner of the Ah Chew Goo Achievement Award as the Most Valuable Team Player attaining "basketball excellence through dedication, determination and perseverance."  She helped her team reach two post-season play and two invitation bids into the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

About Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust

Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust was established by Hawaiʻi’s last ruling monarch, the beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani.  Her Deed of Trust, executed in 1909, directs that the Queen’s lands be utilized to serve and provide for orphan and destitute children in perpetuity.  The core Trust assets include some 6,400 acres of land, the majority in Kona.  Outreach to beneficiaries is delivered through the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, established in 1933.

The Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust internship program is intended to help build future Hawaiian leaders and executives.  Now in its third year, the six- to eight-week program is available to a college-level student each summer.


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