‘Ō ‘ō Awards Gala

The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s prestigious ‘Ō ‘ō Awards Gala on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Established 39 years ago, the ‘Ō‘Ō Awards have become one of the most prestigious honors presented to outstanding Native Hawaiians who, through their talents have made significant contributions to improve our communities and the well being of Native Hawaiians.  The ‘Ō ‘ō itself is made from precious hardwoods firmly rooted in the ‘āina.  Today, the tool is used as NHCC’s award to represent each honoree’s keen sense of firmly rooted values, business acumen, creativity, motivation and skill – key ingredients for sustaining success in modern Hawai‘i, while maintaining ancient traditions and values.

This year’s theme, Ua lehulehu a manomano ka `ikena”, Great and numerous is the knowledge of the Hawaiian people, is a belief that resonates throughout the generations.  We draw upon the mana`o of our kūpuna to make choices that honor those who have sacrificed much in the past to pass on the values and traditions that act as our cultural compass today.

Undaunted by the negativity that surrounded him, Kamehameha I moved the sacred Naha stone, fulfilling the legend that whoever lifted the Naha stone would rule the islands.  As a brilliant strategist, he formed a special group of elite warriors who were fearless and knowledgeable in the art of war.  He united the Hawaiian Islands, appointed chiefs to administer each island, and proclaimed the Malamahoe Kanawai (Law of the Splintered Paddle) protecting lahui from unduly aggressions of powerful chiefs.  Realizing that resources were limited and all would suffer if diminished, Kamehameha I established non-punishing rules to preserve and protect the resources.  He understood the importance of commerce; building alliances with foreigners creating a robust economy that neither depleted nor placed resources at risk.  By uniting the islands, Kamehameha I had accomplished what no man in the history of the Hawaiian people had ever done, he transformed Hawaii into a viable and recognized political entity and secured the lahui from a quickly changing world.

We are proud to present the ‘Ō‘Ō Award to the following honorees that have dedicated their lives to improving the health and well being of Hawaiians:

 Warren K. Asing

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Fun Factory, Inc.

Dr. S. Kalani Brady

Physician, Associate Professor, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Vicky Holt Takamine

Cultural Practitioner, Founder and Executive Director, PA‘I Foundation, Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima owner and kumu hula.

The ‘Ō ‘ō Awards Gala is our premier fundraising event supporting scholarship opportunities for Native Hawaiian students along with NHCC’s many programs.   Help us honor these outstanding individuals with your sponsorship.  Mahalo for your support.


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Background:

Founded in 1974, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) strives to encourage and promote the interests of Native Hawaiians engaged in business and professions. NHCC members participate in a variety of economic, social and public affairs.

Our Mission Statement:

To connect and strengthen Native Hawaiian businesses, professions and communities by building on a foundation of resources and Hawaiian values. In keeping with our mission, NHCC:

  • Provides opportunities for networking among members, the people of Hawai`i and those engaged in business and industry.
  • Serves as a means to organize the Hawaiian business community into a viable economic and social voice.
  • Provides the necessary facilities for members’ educational advancement in subject areas relevant to business, industry and commerce.

Programs:

Our programs include monthly membership meetings at which presenters share their knowledge and experience on topics that are important to Hawaiian businesses and professionals. NHCC is an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i and actively participates in government relations activities to be the voice of Native Hawaiian business and professions.