Aloha mai kākou,
You are cordially invited to be a sponsor for the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) 2014 ‘Ō‘ō Awards to be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. The NHCC will present its prestigious ‘Ō‘ō Award to the following honorees who have devoted their lives to improving the health and well-being of Hawaiians:
Dr. Clayton Chong, a leading clinical oncologist who has spent his entire career studying and improving the health status of Hawaiians.
Dr. Noreen Mokuau, Dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi who has written extensively and worked tirelessly to improve the social well being of Hawaiians.
Nainoa Thompson, a master navigator who for the past 35 years led a revival of the traditional arts associated with long-distance ocean voyaging in Hawai‘i and throughout Polynesia, inspiring renewed pride and connection to the Hawaiian culture.
This year’s theme, “E Ho’oulu Lāhui,” Let the Hawaiian People Flourish, was the motto of King David Kalākaua and spoke to the issue of empowerment through a resurgent, increased Native populace. With only forty thousand Native Hawaiians remaining by 1890, the king saw the need early in his reign to increase the numbers of Kanaka Maoli. His people were literally dying out, from health issues, and from being deprived of their natural and economic resources. In the face of change regarding values and socio-economic conditions, Kalākaua knew it was important for Hawaiians to establish a connection to their past as a way to continue to know their ‘ano as a people. To this end, he institutionalized the Hale Nauā Society. This secret order was established in 1886 to revive the ancient sciences of the Native people along with the promotion of arts, literature, and philanthropy. This year’s ‘Ō‘ō Award recipients clearly do their part to continue to help the Hawaiian people flourish, and we ask for your help as we honor their efforts.
The ‘ō‘ō is the NHCC’s symbol for recognizing Hawaiian individuals whose skillful use of their talent results in professional and industry success, and whose commitment to the community helps Hawaiians grow and thrive. The ‘ō‘ō is made from precious hardwoods firmly rooted in our ‘aina and was used for digging, planting and preparing the ground for strong growth.
The ‘Ō‘ō Awards banquet is our premier fundraising event, supporting NHCC’s many programs as well as scholarship opportunities. A special ‘Ō‘ō Award table for 10 will be reserved in your name by selecting one of the following sponsorship levels.
$5,000 Ho‘okele $3,500 Nā Kānaka $2,000 Ho‘oulu $1,250 Kuleana
Please click here to download the Sponsorship form and submit your sponsorship check by March 19. We appreciate your support. E komo mai e pili kākou!
Marlene M. Lum, President
Leilani Williams-Solomon, 1st Vice President