Organization Awards 2 << Acts of Aloha

Dino Fernandez
Kalihi Community Center

"Dino is the Director of the Kalihi Community Center, a small family-oriented community center that offers classes for children and adults alike free of charge. The center's goal and mission is to provide activities and classes for at-risk, low-income, and overall community. Dino runs this community Center and is a one man band." Nominated by Tiffany M.

Scott Harada
Dot's Restaurant

"There are many reasons I think Scott (and Dot's) is deserving of this Aloha Award...He brings the community together as Dot's is THE place to gather in Wahiawa. He not only runs his amazing restaurant & catering company, but he also thinks outside of the box, and brings variety to this community. Dot's showcases local music, comedians, & aspiring artists...Most recent, Dot's was awarded the FIRST Blue Zone Restaurant in Wahiawa. This is a huge feat and it doesn't come easy. Scott and his team had to be open to change, be willing to implement new ideas, work hard to overcome obstacles and have the heart to do what they can to make Wahiawa a healthier place to work, live and play. It is admirable with everything going on in their business that they made this a priority and became the 1st Restaurant in Wahiawa to be approved." Nominated by Nahoku Ahlo, State Farm

Jarrett Walters
Hawaiian Building Maintenance

"I nominated HBM and Jarrett Walters new president. This company and his leadership is a fantastic example of applying aloha spirit in both business and in personal life. They use eco friendly cleaning products, care about their cliental and volunteer/donate to a variety of charities that greatly benefit our community." Nominated by Jocelyn Leigh, Eat Honolulu


Cara Short
Access Surf Hawaii

"Cara is passionate about helping people with disabilities come together to enjoy being in the ocean and enjoying being around other people. For many, this is the only opportunity they have to participate in recreation and camaraderie. Cara does this with limited resources while coordinating and motivating an army of volunteers. This means working countless hours while still instilling passion and excitement in every event. " Nominated by Joann Seery, BNI Hawaii 


Cheri Kishimoto
Hands In Helping Out

"Cheri, with Hands in Helping Out, is vigilant in providing volunteer services to organizations that provide valuable resources to the community. She also uses empathy and compassion when working with volunteers, staff, and the community." Nominated by Vince Abramo, BambooShoot 


Chris Gosh & Tracy Patel
Sunset Beach Food Bank

"Chris Gosh has been serving at the Foodbank since the very beginning. He is faithful, hard-working, and compassionate. Chris does his part to help distribute over one ton of food per month by helping with weekly setup and take down as well as manning the sign-in table, greeting our guests, and supervising the distribution. Tracy Patel brings the food shipment weekly from the Hawaii Foodbank distribution center in town all the way to Sunset Beach. She is responsible for our very precious cargo and serves the foodbank faithfully getting up very early in the morning and battling our island's traffic. On distribution days Tracy makes breakfast or a snack for our guests and is always there to lend a helping hand or a compassionate ear." Nominated by Chris Wall, Strafford Media