2017 Five Star Aloha Gala

 

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

Due to high demand for tickets, our online ticket sales will end on Friday, May 26, 2017, at midnight.

$150 for Individual tickets by May 19; $175 after May 19.
$650 for table of 4 by May 26.
$1,700 for table of 10 (please email hccncgala@gmail.com if you are interested in a large table sponsorship; HCCNC will also accept check payments)

Click here to purchase tickets,
or mail your check by Friday, May 26, 2017 to:
Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California,
100 Bush Street #1450, San Francisco, CA 94104

Tickets may be available at the door with check or credit card payment.

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)

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

(partial listing…more sponsors being added)

Gala Grand Sponsor

Five Star Sponsors

 

 

 

Aloha Sponsors

Andy August, Esq.

Chinese Chamber of Commerce – San Francisco

Pat Fong

Thomas & Eva Fong Foundation

 

Event Sponsors