Meet Our Scholars
Windward Community College
Wells Fargo Scholarship
Lakona Rodrigues was born and raised on the island of O’ahu in the Hawaiian Islands,and is currently attending Windward Community College in his hometown of Kane’ohe. Even though Lakona is surrounded by the natural beauty that Hawai’i has to offer, there were many people who did not accept him because he is an openly gay man, but there were a handful of people who accepted, loved, and supported him, including the love from his other half and their daughter. The love that he receives from his family and loved ones has given Lakona the strength to pursue any goal that he sets for himself.
Throughout Lakona’s life, when he needed a place of comfort, he always turned to the ocean for healing and guidance. He has a strong passion and love for the ocean and is willing to do whatever it takes to help protect and preserve it. He is currently pursuing a degree in marine biology because he feels it’s his time to take action and stand up to protect and preserve our ocean and marine life for future generations. Lakona’s goal in life is to find a solution to lower the amount of pollution that is still affecting the ocean today. Going back to school and obtaining a degree is one of the hardest challenges he has ever been through, but his passion, commitment, drive for success, along with the love and support of his family, are what push him to continue on this amazing journey.