Individual Awards 2 << Act of Aloha


Uncle George Kalilikane
Bay of Dreams

Uncle George has been giving SUP lessons for FREE for years in Pokai Bay which he calls Bay of Dreams. All you need to do is ask: “Unko George can I get a lesson please?” He will teach ANYBODY who wants to learn how to SUP and AFTER the lesson the person can use his boards. He says he has the tools and knowledge and he wants to share the beauty of the ocean while SUPing and connecting with people. He loves to build relationship by sitting and talking to people. While many companies in Hawaii are renting Stand Up Surf boards, he is sharing his boards and giving lessons for free with anybody who wants to learn. He hopes everybody leaves the bay feeling they are family. He selflessly shares shares, shares and this is the spirit of Aloha! Nominated by Pati Hoyt, Hawaii Client Gifts

Curtis Kropar

Hawaiian Hope

Curtis J. Kropar is the executive director of Hawaiian Hope, a technology-based nonprofit organization. He has been homeless, and learned a great deal during that time. He has also taught inner city youth, gang kids and adult education, and is a programmer. Hawaiian Hope ( is a nonprofit that has donated 2,000 computers to students in need, and runs an Internet Cafe that keeps kids off the streets. In addition, the nonprofit teaches IT/computer skills to students. I’m nominating him for his selfless acts of helping students in need with the generous donation of computer equipment that many families can’t otherwise afford – to help the next generation of youth and to give them hope.” Nominated by Belinda Lau, Hi Tech Support

Martina Ahuna

Always willing to help people in need whether they ask for help or not, without seeking recognition or acknowledgement. Kind hearted and caring is part of her natureNominated by  Dr.Brenden Calio, Hawaii’s Housecall Chiros


M Elise Gygax-Cousino 

This act of kindness she’s been doing it for about four years now and rescuing fostering and adopting animals primarily cats and dogs alone she has rescued three dogs and 14 kitties at her property in the year 2017 she rescued over 26 cats and rescued 11 dogs now these animals are all animals that have been abandoned or forgotten left at the beach park in Mākaha Waianae or as far out as Kili Drive in Makaha All the cost she has incurred his come out of her pocket she has used Poi dogs in Ewa Beach Animal house Vet in Ewa Also Waianae vet and VCA in Pearl city. She does this not from any recognition but just to help and she does not ask for anyone’s help in doing this wonderful thing she is also had people just tied their dog to our fence knowing that she will take care of them and give them a good home She does all of this even though she has her own physical ailments and conditions that keeps her from getting Regular employment when most people go for a walk on the west side they carry some sort of golf club, bat or stick for protection my wife she carries a bag of dog treats and cat treats. Not sure if this meets the standards for sharing a little higher but it seems to me that in the big picture she is sharing aloha thank you for reading my submission aloha ” Nominated by Bill Cousino

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Karinne Aguirre

Karinne is the friend everyone should have in their life!! She is so caring and genuine. I can always depend on her to be there no matter what the circumstance is. She is an amazing mom to her 6 year old daughter. If there is someone in need that she can help she is there to do all that she can for them. She is a dedicated volunteer for the Ain’a Program in the schools and is also a volunteer teacher for Sunset Beach Elementary’s Ain’a Program. She has been all over the world traveling and meeting people of all walks of life and always, always treats them with the upmost respect and love. She IS ALOHA!!! ” Nominated by Anna Grove, Art by Anna

Nami Dougherty

Haleiwa, Hawaii

“She is always willing to step in and help others out at the ranch.” 

“I have seen Nami grow into a generous, caring young person who has high standards. She will go the extra mile for someone and does not have to be asked: Megan has volunteered to watch 2 large active dogs daily at my house, feeding exercising, and giving them meds while refusing pay. My daughter Megan recently referred her for a paying job feeding horses at Sunset ranch. They love her because she is so responsible and pleasant and loves the animals. When I told her about this award, she was very humbled. She is a team player and puts others before herself much of the time.” Nominated by Jan Thielst, Boho Love Treasures


Audrey Hyde

Food Co-op,  Laie

“Every week, we feed about 70-80 families.”

“Audrey runs a community produce co-op that provides wholesome food to many members of the community at reduced prices. She also is seen frequently serving others and small ways that make their lives easier. If there is anyone I know that shares Aloha with those around her it is Audrey.” Nominated by Dr. Ty Dennis

James Logue

Chinatown, Honolulu

“Every vote counts….in any election.” 

James Logue ran for State Representative for District 29 (Chinatown area). Even though he did not get the nomination, he still continues to serve his community and the state. I haven’t known James a long time: In fact, we only met once at a gala. I sat down on the same table with him, where I found out they were campaigning. Since, I’ve realized that I’ve seen him at two Filipino Chamber of Commerce Events. I know he really wants to help Chinatown, even if it’s just cleaning up the streets. He is a member of Lions, a vet and a HGEA rep.” Nominated by Belle England

Sidney Higa

“Prolific Networker”

“Sid is always looking for ways to help support others in their businesses. He is a prolific networker and encourages all of his fellow BNI members to participate. He organized an event for the sale of my jewelry at his old office, and we are planning something in the future at my home.” Nominated by Jan Thielst, Boho Love Treasures

Kat Franco

Kualoa Ranch

“She is the friendliest person ever.” 

“Kat is a driver for the zipline at Kualoa ranch. She is the friendliest person ever, very helpful and reliable. She is always helping everyone, staff and customers alike, and just makes the day nice for everyone :)” Nominated by Wendy Ernst, Sudden Rush Guarana


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