2017 Scholarship Winners

The goal of the HCCNC Scholarship Program is to support student leaders as role models for the Hawai‘i community. The Scholarship Program is aimed at strengthening the pipeline of Bay Area college-bound students and ensuring retention so that more students obtain their degrees. We seek to support qualified kama‘āina, and assist them in making the transition from high school to college, and from Hawai‘i to the mainland.

This year we are pleased to support three outstanding students! Congratulations to Jonathan Murata, Kaitlyn Shikada, and Carly Kajiwara, recipients of 2017 HCCNC Scholarships!

Jonathan Murata is a second-year majoring in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. He was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii, and graduated from Punahou School in 2015. Outside of classes, Jonathan works in the Poly-PEDAL lab to create a rod-running cockroach robot and is currently training to be a new student orientation leader. After graduation, Jonathan hopes to pursue a graduate degree in the Electrical side of Mechanical Engineering and work in the consumer electronics or product design industry. Jonathan is passionate about helping other people on his path to becoming an engineer, and one day he wants to share his knowledge and experience with the keiki in Hawaii that don’t have exposure to this kind of field.

Kaitlyn Shikada, a 2011 ‘Iolani School alumna from Hawaii Kai, is currently in her 2nd year of graduate school at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA. While majoring in Biology and minoring in Exercise Science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, she was a 4-year starter on the softball team and led various clubs around campus.  Immediately after graduating in May 2015, she moved to The Bay to pursue her career in Chiropractic. She is actively involved in the Life West community as a Student Champion Ambassador, Adjusting Ninjas Facilitator and member of the co-ed softball team.  She will graduate as a Doctor of Chiropractic in June 2018. Her vision is to eventually return to Hawaii and open a chiropractic practice with the goal to improve the health and well being of Hawaii’s people. Kaitlyn is passionate about connection and service and hopes to give back to the community that has raised her into the woman she is today.

Carly Kajiwara is a native of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Class of 2017. In the fall, she will enter the School of Letters and Science at the University of California Berkeley. Her love of people and interest in understanding the human psyche led her to seek a degree in Psychology. Her experience with people is diverse, spending four years as a dedicated volunteer at Kuakini Hospital and fourteen years as a youth volunteer at Honolulu City Lights. Being involved in Student Government since the fourth grade has really defined her entire life. She has also been involved in her school’s National Honors Society, Kuʻi club, National History Day, and International Relations Club. She also enjoys training and riding horses at a ranch in Waimanalo. As a young Native Hawaiian, Carly endeavors to be a Hawaiian helping other Hawaiians thrive. Her long-term aim is to fight for Hawaiian rights and perpetuate the culture. She feels that it is her kuleana to give back to the place and people who have given her so much, and thanks HCCNC for all of the amazing opportunities.

2017 Five Star Aloha Gala

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The Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC) proudly presents our 15th Annual Five Star Aloha Gala on May 31, 2017 at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. This is our organization’s signature event and serves as a venue for honoring individuals and organizations with our Kūlia I Ka Nu’u (Strive for the Summit) Award for their contributions in promoting the Aloha Spirit throughout Northern California and beyond.

At this year’s Five Star Aloha Gala, we will be honoring the Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA) for their many contributions in encouraging and perpetuating the cultures of the Pacific Islanders in Northern California. For over 20 years, PICA has showcased Pacific Islander culture through their Bay Area Aloha Festival, a two-day ethnic arts festival held in San Mateo. This popular event has brought thousands of people together to celebrate Pacific Islander culture through music and dance, authentic food and educational workshops. PICA also provides scholarships to Pacific Islander students residing in California who are either starting or continuing college or professional/trade school studies.

Proceeds from our Five Star Aloha Gala will benefit the Kūlia I Ka Nu’u Scholarship Program. Each year, the HCCNC Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students from Hawaii or the Bay Area pursuing their college educations in Northern California. It is our way to help develop the 50th State’s future leaders & further strengthen the bridge between Hawaii and Northern California.

We appreciate your support and contribution to our Silent Auction/Raffle program. Your support would be greatly appreciated and allow us to continue to provide scholarships to deserving students. Please include the enclosed Donation Form with your donation. The HCCNC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please consult your tax professional about the deductibility of your donation.

Program

5:00 pm: Cocktails with complimentary artisan beer, wine, and sake from local makers

6:15 pm: Food stations featuring a taste of the finest restaurants in San Francisco

5:30 to 7:30 pm: Raffle and Silent Auction

7:30 pm: 15th Annual Five Star Aloha Program

8:00 pm: 2017 Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship Awards Winners Presentation

Tickets

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2017 Recipients of the HCCNC’s Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award: Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA)

The HCCNC we will be honoring the Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA) for their many contributions in encouraging and perpetuating the cultures of the Pacific Islanders in Northern California. For over 20 years, PICA has showcased Pacific Islander culture through their Bay Area Aloha Festival, a two-day ethnic arts festival held in San Mateo. This popular event has brought thousands of people together to celebrate Pacific Islander culture through music and dance, authentic food and educational workshops. PICA also provides scholarships to Pacific Islander students residing in California who are either starting or continuing college or professional/trade school studies. (www.pica-org.org)

Master of Ceremonies: Rick Quan

Rick Quan is a two time Emmy award winner. He currently works at ABC7 TV as a fill in sports anchor and as the field reporter for it’s “After the Game” college football show. Before coming to San Francisco, he was a sports anchor for the ABC affiliate in Honolulu. Rick also runs his own video production company and recently produced an award winning documentary on legendary dancer Dorothy Toy.

Introducing PICA: Patrick Landeza

When Patrick Landeza became the first mainland-based artist to win the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award in 2013, he told the audience, “Being born and raised on the mainland never made me any less Hawaiian.” Landeza is a well-respected slack key instructor and has taught classes and at music camps nationwide, as well as had his lessons published in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. After successful forays into radio, catering, and concert production, his path leads him to writing.  In 2013 he authored a children’s book, “Danny’s Hawaiian Journey,” and this month released “From the Island of Berkeley: Memoirs of a California-Born Hawaiian.” Patrick is a 2015 recipient of the HCCNC’s Kūlia I Ka Nu’u Award. Patrick also has a clothing line called “Aloha Everywhere” along with his fruit jam company, “Kanikapila Jams,” and jewelry line, “Patrick Landeza Designs.” He is in his 19th year of education and teaches at Moreau Catholic High School and lives in Hayward with his wife Jennifer and five children.

Hawaiian Music Artist: Steven Espaniola

It’s rare when an artist arrives on the scene offering a refreshing new spin on a traditional genre of music. Steven Espaniola is that artist. Raised in Aliamanu, Hawai‘i  and now residing in the California Bay Area, Steven is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in kī hōʻalu (Hawaiian slack key guitar), ‘ukulele, upright bass, and leo kiʻekiʻe (traditional Hawaiian falsetto). Of Hawaiian, Filipino, and Spanish decent, his ethnicity is as diverse as his unique sound which preserves the integrity of the traditional with a flourish of the modern.  His debut recording entitled Ho‘omaka, “to begin”, features a mesmerizing collection of traditional and original Hawaiian mele recorded by Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning producer Dave Tucciarone. Ho‘omaka will be sure to transport the listener to the Hawai‘i of yesterday with soaring falsetto vocals, nahenahe slack key guitar and rhythmic ‘ukulele. Steven Espaniola’s highly anticipated debut album will carry you on a musical journey you won’t soon forget. In 2007, Steven’s musical efforts earned him the recognition of “New Artist of the Year” at the Hawai’i Music Awards. (www.stevenespaniola.com)

Hawaiian Music Artist: Faith Ako

As the Bay Area’s premier female artist in Traditional/Contemporary Hawaiian music for over two decades, Faith Ako has long graced the West Coast with her versatile voice. With two Hawaiian Music Awards for her first album Kukahi, while her second album Papaku Bring It Home, earned Faith a Hawaiian genre Grammy entry. Faith’s third album Kulaiwi, My Beloved Homeland was performed to sold out crowds and venues here in the Bay Area and Honolulu. Over the years, Faith has made special guest appearances at Pakele Live in Honolulu, Summer July Jam on North Shore Lai’e, The Maui Prince Hotel Kihei, HI sessions at Koolau and Hawaiian Airlines PauHana Premier Lounge on Oahu. She has also performed in various Hawaiian Festivals, Ukelele Retreat Workshops and has given live radio interviews on local stations in California, Hawaii and Japan as well. (www.faithako.com)

Music Artist: Mr Mego

As Shawn Megofna, otherwise known as Mr Mego, has been playing music for many years, you will see variations names across the web, Smegofna, TheShawnMegofnaBand, TSMB are all products of Shawn Megofna’s music. However, Mr Mego is the reemergence of Shawn Megofna’s musical efforts. Mr Mego has physical roots in the Bay Area, but his cultural perspective and values are that of island influences from Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Mr Mego is changing the face of Reggae by twisting it with Pop, RnB, Rock, and other popular genres. The songs that he brings to life, clearly have their own identities and always have a different groove every time to capture all different tastes in music.

Fundraiser for College Scholarships and HCCNC Business Events

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu College Scholarship Program.

Major Silent Auction Prize

Two round trip tickets on Hawaiian Airlines from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Grand Raffle Prize

Two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets for international or domestic flights.

Event Sponsor Listing

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Gala Grand Sponsor

Five Star Sponsors

 

 

 

Aloha Sponsors

Andy August, Esq.

Chinese Chamber of Commerce – San Francisco

Pat Fong

Thomas & Eva Fong Foundation

 

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2016 Scholarship Winners

The goal of the HCCNC Scholarship Program is to support student leaders as role models for the Hawai‘i community. The Scholarship Program is aimed at strengthening the pipeline of Bay Area college-bound students and ensuring retention so that more students obtain their degrees. We seek to support qualified kama‘āina, and assist them in making the transition from high school to college, and from Hawai‘i to the mainland.

This year we are pleased to support three outstanding students! Congratulations to Jackie Chan, Kylie Chun, and Thomas Hayashi, recipients of 2016 HCCNC Scholarships!

Jackie Chan, a 2014 graduate of Roosevelt High School, is currently a sophomore at Stanford University. Hoping to attend medical school upon graduation, he is currently pursuing a major in Biological Chemistry and a minor in Human Biology. In his free time, Jackie enjoys biking around Palo Alto, reading, interacting with children, and relaxing with both family and friends. His love for working with children coupled with having had his fair share of injuries as a multi-sport athlete in high school has inspired him to pursue a career in Pediatric Sports Medicine. Ultimately, he hopes to return home to Hawaiʻi where he can use his experience to benefit the keiki in Hawaiʻi. He is truly thankful to HCCNC for helping him achieve his goals.

Kylie Chun was born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and graduated from Punahou School in 2013. She is currently a junior at Santa Clara University studying accounting in the Leavey School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing soccer and volunteering in the community. After graduating from Santa Clara, Kylie hopes to work for a national public accounting firm where she will gain a more thorough understanding of the business process. In the future, Kylie wants to help the Hawaiʻi business community continue to progress with sustainable efforts. She hopes to use the skills she has developed and the knowledge she has gained from living in a dynamic place such as San Jose to become an effective business leader in Hawaiʻi.

Thomas Hayashi was born and raised on Maui. He is a 2016 graduate of Seabury Hall and a member of the Cum Laude Society. He was an avid participant in the school’s student government, philosophy club and varsity football team. Thomas has had a variety of extra circular experiences including playing Taiko with Maui Taiko for 5 years, participating in the Schatz Seniors Internship program for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and travelling to the People’s Republic of China on a mission trip to teach English. Thomas also spoke at and helped with the TedxYouth@SeaburyHall event over the course of its last three years. Thomas prioritizes service and giving back to the community and recognizes that the only way to guarantee a future is for the world to become more sustainable. Thomas plans to get a philosophy and environmental science degree at Santa Clara University with the long term goal of becoming an environmental lawyer. He hopes to one day return to Hawaiʻi and guarantee the protection of its natural beauty.

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