Clubs & Academic Scholarships

Caption: King Kekaulike PAAC Book Club


About Clubs: 

PAAC clubs represent the traditional form of PAAC's outreach into high schools. Many clubs are student-initiated and driven. The overall goal is to increase club members' awareness of international affairs. The overall goal is to increase club members' awareness of international affairs. Clubs participate in PAAC-sponsored events such as inter-school conferences and competitions and tailor the program to meet the needs of their school. If you are interested in having a PAAC club at your high shcool, contact us at or at (808) 944-7759. 


Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about PAAC clubs. 

2021-2022 Update on Clubs:

As schools return to in-school learning and we begin the process of rebuilding what COVID-19 has dismantled, PAAC returns to one of its primary missions, mobilizing school communities through PAAC Clubs. We are here because our clubs and we want to make that our priority. So, here are some of the new ways PAAC plans to work with you, our clubs: 


  1. 1. PAAC Socials: Join our virtual events! You will meet students from clubs across Hawai'i, play fun fames, and win prizes. These will be held every third Thursdays, 6pm in October, Novemer, and December. Learn more and register here
  2. 2. PAAC Leadership Workshops: Develop leaders in your clubs and with the community at your school! PAAC staff is offering their global leadership workshops directly to you, scheduled at your convenience. Work with Roya Dennis, our High School Global Education Program Director to schedule workshops for your club. Learn more here
  3. 3. Kind Conversations: This is a great connection point for all clubs. Through our Kind Conversations workshops, you will learn a framework for inquiry-based conversations that is empathetic and allows people to voice opposing ideas with grace and understanding. Imagine! We will tackle global issues and develop our ideas and voices on critical topics and will do this with active engagement and compassion at the center. Learn more here
  4. 4. Virtual Global Engagement: With Study Tours on hold, PAAC is excited to offer new ways to build international connections with peers and partners overseas. To start, PAAC will join forces with Earth Company (based in Bali) to host a three part workshop series on changemaking in Southeast Asia. Learn more here. 
  5. 5. Academic WorldQuest Competition: This time around, WorldQuest will be held on March 5, 2022. In the lead up to the competition, PAAC will host three virtual mini-competitions on December 16, 2021, February 3rd, 2022, and March 3, 2022. These competitions will come with prizes and are a great way for clubs to stratefically spread our their study over the school year. Learn more here
  6. 6. We have updated our Distinguished Club Awards: PAAC challenges its clubs to distinguish themselves by setting goals relating to participation, community impact, and reporting. Clubs that reach any one of the three tiers will receive awards and be recognized. Plus, we have added new prizes to the mix! This is not a ranking of the "best" clubs; rather, we hope clubs will work together in a spirit of friendly competition and collaboration to reach their club goals. Learn details here.


Congratulations to PAAC clubs at Farrington High School, University Laboratory School, and Keeau High School who earned the title of Distinguished Clubs of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year! Read more here


PAAC Club Fund


PAAC has established a PAAC Club Fund to support clubs to:

1. Undertake Global Action Projects (GAP) that make a positive impact on the local community.

2. Learn about international affairs, other countries and cultures, and global issues.

3. Increase club membership and participation. 


Requests for funding are limited to $200 unless a larger sum can be justified. Requests must be submitted before the proposed activity/project takes place and require PAAC's approval before funding is granted.


Download the PAAC Club Fund Request Form and Example Proposal and Report


Guest Speaker Program 

Want to learn more about food security? North/South Korean relations? Power Women in Singapore? Invite a guest speaker to your club meeting! PAAC can connect you with professionals in diverse fields who are willing to come to your school to share their knowledge and experience. Contact Roya Dennis at for more information. Review list of speakers here



Paul S. Honda Scholarships:

The late Paul S. Honda, a distinguished member of PAAC’s Senior Advisory Council, established an endowment for this scholarship fund to promote Asian Studies and International Studies in higher education.  Every academic year, four $1,000 scholarships are given in his name to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a desire to pursue Asian Studies, International Affairs, or a related field at the post-secondary level, and have been actively involved in PAAC.   


Eddie Tangen Award:

The legacy of Eddie Tangen, a pioneer in the development of Hawaiʻi’s labor movement and past member of PAAC’s Board of Governors, is honored with a $300 award given yearly in his name to one student in grade 9, 10, or 11 who has demonstrated interest in international affairs and is actively involved in PAAC.


Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Scholarship Winners:

Fa Chanthalangsy, Kea'au High School

Braden Lee, 'Iolani School

Kayla Lim-Tam, Kalani High School

Reycajen Magbulos, James Campbell High School

Noriko O'Shea, Kalani High School

Jenny Peters, Waialua High School

Donna Telio, Kea'au High School