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Kū i ke Kama`aina – Celebrating Our Distinguished Kama`aina

loea-kawaikapuokalani-hewett-1Mike_McCartney-12013 Distinguished Kamaaina

The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club in 2013 honors three distinguished kama`aina for their service to the people of Ko`olaupoko and the state of Hawai`i during the club’s annual Distinguished Kama`aina dinner that was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 5 pm.. to 9 p.m., at Bayview Golf Course in Kane`ohe. “Ku i ke Kama`aina”, the club’s distinguished kama`aina for 2013, include renowned Hawaiian cultural expert, composer and kumu hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Hawaii Tourism Authority chief executive officer Mike McCartney, and former Superintendent of Schools Charles Toguchi, all of whom have led careers of service to the Hawaiian people and to Hawai`i’s communities, according to Mahealani Cypher, chairperson of the event. “We are pleased to recognize these three outstanding individuals who have truly shown, by their example, the spirit of aloha in the work that they do,” Cypher says. The dinner will feature Hawaiian entertainment, presentation of awards to Ku i ke Kama`aina and Helen C. Kane Award Winners, and a silent auction to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Hewett is being acknowledged for his lifelong work as a kumu hula and teacher of Hawaiian culture, and is known throughout the islands, the continental U.S. and in other countries. “Through his leadership and teaching, many more people in the world understand the Hawaiian people and the importance of preserving our culture,” she adds. McCartney, a former state senator for Windward O`ahu, gave many years of service both as a senator and in his work with Hawai`i Public Television and currently as head of the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. “Besides his outstanding service as state senator for Ko`olaupoko, Mike has encouraged the Authority’s policy-making board to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and our native environment by funding many programs that support the spirit of the Hawaiian people.” While state superintendent of schools, Toguchi helped establish the teaching of Hawaiian language in public schools, something that had been resisted for many years by the Board of Education. “We are grateful to Charlie Toguchi, not just for his years of service as a legislator and state school superintendent, but also by his continuing advocacy and support for the people of Ko`olaupoko.”

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