On Saturday, November 3, Senator Akaka was honored as the 2012 Kama‘aina of the Year in recognition of his public policy work that has been essential to the preservation of Hawaiian heritage for future generations.  He is the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the United States Senate. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Akaka has worked tirelessly to improve the lives and sustain the culture of Native people in Hawai‘i and throughout the United States.  For his lifetime of service to the people of Hawai‘i and the nation, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation is proud to honor Daniel Kahikina Akaka as its 2012 Kama‘aina of the Year.

“Through Senator Akaka’s steadfast leadership to assure equal treatment for Native Hawaiians, the Hawaiian history, language, culture and places have been sustained,” said Robert Iopa, President of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.  “We will miss his wisdom and focus on preserving the Hawaiian culture not only through his work but also by the personal example he sets by living his life with aloha.”

Senator Akaka is the 25th recipient of the Kama‘aina of the Year award, which honors individuals who have made unique and lasting contributions to the preservation of Hawaii’s historic places and cultural resources.

The event is Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s annual fundraiser and proceeds support the preservation of historic sites throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

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Mahalo Sponsors:

HOAPILI/FRIEND:

  • Princess Abigail Kawananakoa
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • The Chickasaw Nation

KAKO‘O/PATRON

  • Alexander & Baldwin/Matson
  • Group 70 International
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)
  • Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP
  • Mason Architects, Inc.
  • Queen’s Health System
  • Taubman
  • Topa Management Company
  • Vitus
  • Wallace Theaters
  • WCIT Architecture

KOKUA/BENEFACTOR

  • Allied Builders System
  • Armstrong Building Maintenance
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • Bio-Logical Capital LLC
  • Bishop Museum
  • Bowman Connectivity Solutions
  • Candon Todd & Seabolt
  • Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc.
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • First Hawaiian Bank
  • First Wind
  • Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
  • Haseko/Delta Construction
  • Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA)
  • Hawaii National Bank
  • Helber Hastert & Fee, Planners, Inc.
  • HONBLUE, Inc.
  • Hunt Companies, Inc.
  • Jean Campbell
  • KAI Hawaii, Inc.
  • Kuiwalu Consulting
  • Marcy Fleming
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • R.M. Towill Corporation
  • Sam O. Hirota, Inc.
  • Tim & Robin Johns
  • Turtle Bay Resort
  • United Laundry Services, Inc.