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Charles R Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund

HGEA established the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund to honor the late Charles R. Kendall and our previous executive director, Russell K. Okata, who both dedicated their lives to the improvement of public employees throughout the state of Hawaii. HGEA continues their efforts by providing educational support through scholarships to members and their immediate families. So far, HGEA has given more than 2,200 awards to deserving individuals.


HGEA was founded in 1934 to ensure fair and equitable representation for government employees. HGEA is the largest labor union in Hawaii, with more than 37,000 members. HGEA represents state and county employees in nine bargaining units. HGEA also serves a large associate membership of retirees, other state and county employees and officials, and federal and private sector employees.