Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka will be honored as the “2012 Kama‘āina of the Year” at the annual Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (HHF) benefit on November 3, 2012.
Senator Akaka will be honored as the 2012 Kama‘āina 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‘āina 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‘āina 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. The event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Monarch Room at The Royal Hawaiian A Luxury Collection Resort in Honolulu.
Stay tuned, additional information about the event will be posted in the coming months. If you have any questions please call HHF at 808-523-2900.