Organization Awards < Acts of Aloha

Henri VanBeelen & Pono Higa
Ewa and Waianae Emergency Preparedness Education Team

"Pono Higa is Director for Waianae Ready and Henri is the Director for Ewa EPC (Emergency Preparedness Committee). These two gentlemen work around the clock educating the community about being prepared for disaster. They also work close with the Honolulu Emergency Management by training community members to assist in efforts of recovery. Their work is incredibly valuable and they are most humble. They and their teams deserve recognition for the hours and dedication they put to help educate and protect the community. It’s difficult to put all they do into one statement but I want to thank them for going the extra mile to help me in my efforts to educate insurance and remediation professionals about what happens post storms. They have taken their time to attend events I’ve had and share their Emergency Management knowledge and preparedness education. Stellar Citizens!" Nominated by Tammy Toma, Universal Property

Michelle Chung

Hale Na`au Pono, Waianae

"Michelle has been such a wonderful contributor to Hale Na'au Pono and is affecting change to help homeless women and youth in the Waianae area.Nominated by Vince Abramo, Bambooshoot

Christiane Bolosan-Yee

"Christiane is the Executive Director for The Ewa Beach Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) dba FORʻEwa Pono. She tirelessly works to improve the lives of her community residents through economic development programs and services. Her goal is to build resident capacity within Ewa Beach so that prosperity by involving all neighbors, across, economic, social and cultural lines, in defining and improving Ewa Beach’s future. Often Ewa Beach’s resources in people often go unnoticed. By creating networking opportunities to solve many of the concerns using the talents of residents and neighbors. Since 2009, Christiane has offered small business entrepreneur training classes to teach people how to successfully own and operate a small business. In conjunction with Na Kama Kai she has sponsored numerous ocean safety and conservation awareness events for youth." Nominated by Larry Partida, New York Life

Mary & Spencer Colburn
Project Reach

"Mary's organization is run solely by her, while she works, raises her family, and ministers through her church. She recently delivered 790 school supply kits to school kids on our island. I think she shows AMAZING ALOHA!" Nominated by Kina Knisley

The Ko'olauloa district has the highest poverty rate on O'ahu. To learn more about how Project Reach partners with other non-profits to bring services and monies to this district, click HERE.

Photos: Geralyn Kamahaʻo Camarillo 

Loreto dela Cruz

Honolulu Chinatown Lions Club

"Loreto is a dedicated member of the Honolulu Chinatown Lions Club and is the type of person you can always count on if you need help. He spends many of his days volunteering with kupuna or children and is always willing to go out of his way to lend a hand. He actively participates in community clean ups, even when not his community." I believe Loreto embodies the spirit of Aloha.Nominated by James Logue

Presenter at October 25, 2018 meeting was 808 CleanUps, just one of the numerous nonprofits the Lions Club helps support.

Rachel Kekaula, Director
Bobby Benson Center

"The staff at the center work around the clock to provide refuge to youth who have suffered trauma, fallen victim to the streets, and are wanting to break the chains of addiction! I have worked for this organization for over 10 years and have personally seen lives changed. Watching youth coming into the center barely alive, mere ghosts and have seen them leave hopeful, energized and free to live a productive and meaningful life. They take the Aloha they have received while at the center and spread it to their homes, community and throughout the world!" Nominated by Elizabeth Nowland

The Bobby Benson Center has been providing Help, Healing and Recovery for Youth (13-17 yrs) for over 27 years. For more information, click HERE.  

Jesse Allen

Exchange Club |Wounded Warrior Ohana

"Jesse is a great guy I've grown to know over the past year. He does a lot for the community, including he's on the leadership team for Wounded Warrior Ohana (an organization that creates activities and events for wounded military and their families at no cost to the participants) and is the President of the Exchange Club of Honolulu (a club that comes together regularly for community service and charity events).Nominated by Aaron England

Presenter at October's meeting was Ex. Dir. of the National Alliance of Mental Illness and their upcoming Oct 27 walk where @Lyndie Irons will be a speaker. For more info: HERE

Candice Acob
Hoola' Na' Pua

"Candice moved here to Oahu in 2010 to help her childhood friend to start a non profit, Hoola' Na' Pua, which helps trafficked children. She worked diligently to get the ball rolling and the vision off the ground. The vision is to provide restoration and healing to girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking. She continues to volunteer by providing professional video media and manning tables at events as she helps spread the word about the critical need for services for these victims." Nominated by Jan Thielst

An estimated 2,780 local Hawai‘i youth may be at risk for commercial sexual exploitation. To Take Action at Hoola' Na' Pua, click 

Ku'ulei Williams, Ex. Dir

Aloha Harvest

"Right off the top of my head,  I would nominate Aloha Harvest -- as they are at all the food shows notifying everyone that they will pick up any left over food to distribute and they come regularly to our bakery [The Patisserie] to pick up our overbakes." Nominated by Colleen Paparelli

To Find out more about partnering with Aloha Harvest, click HERE.

Loren Lasher

Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs

"Loren has been volunteering for Hawaii FiDo for many years in helping to educate the public about service dogs. He especially enjoys working with the school age kids and has touched thousands of people with his program dog Zoe. He has been essential for to our non- profit organization to continue over the years."  Nominated by Susan Luehrs


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