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Having a dream of owning his own sushi bar, Holden Camacho, know he needed to attend culinary school. After graduating from high school in 2009, Holden enrolled in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Culinary Program. He soon moved out of his home and into the university’s dorms. Holden soon found that supporting himself through college was difficult and felt that financial aid loans were his only option.

Holden was introduced to the Ku`ina Program when he attended a new student orientation at the University of Hawaii Maui College. He felt drawn to the many benefits that Ku`ina could offer him and Ku`ina quickly became a part of his educational journey.  Ku`ina has helped Holden financially with his uniforms, supplies and textbooks.

With the guidance of Ku`ina, Holden now has a job at a restaurant to gain more cooking experience and will soon graduate with a culinary and baking degree from the University of Hawaii Maui College. Holden believes that the program has helped him tremendously. He stated, “Ku`ina staff are very helpful because of their patience and hard working dedication to the students.”