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14th Annual Five Star Aloha Gala

Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Awards

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Westin St. Francis Hotel - Alexandria Room

San Francisco, CA

Black Tie Optional

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: 14th Annual Five Star Aloha Program
8:00 pm: 2016 Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship Awards Winners Presentation

2016 Recipients of the HCCNC's Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award:

University of Hawaiʻi Women's Volleyball Coach Dave Shoji

The Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California will honor University of Hawai‘i Women's Volleyball Coach Dave Shoji at our 14th Annual Gala in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 31st. Shoji is the second winningest coach in the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history with a career record of 1,179-198-1 over 41 seasons, behind only Penn State’s Russ Rose, with a record of 1,189-186. In addition to being a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Shoji is an 11-time conference and nine-time region Coach of the Year, and was named the National Coach of the Year in 1982 and in 2009. Shoji has also been named to the list of all-time great coaches by USA Volleyball in 2002, and has been inducted into the Hawaiʻi Sports Hall of Fame and was also named coach of the NCAA 25th Anniversary team. Coach Shoji has coached many women players who have received All-American honors and has developed Hawaii's Women's Volleyball into a nationally recognized powerhouse program. He's been a Hawaii ambassador spreading the Aloha Spirit in his coaching and community service in Hawaii and beyond.

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2016 Emcee: Rick Quan

Rick Quan is a two time Emmy award winner. He currently works part time at ABC7 San Francisco as a fill in sports anchor and as the field reporter for the station's "After the Game" college football show. He also runs his own video production service and operates, a website devoted to profiling Asian American athletes. Before coming to ABC7, Rick worked at the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu.

Introducing Coach Dave Shoji: Larry Beil

At a fairly young age, it became clear that my dreams of playing point guard in the NBA or tailback in the NFL were a longshot. So I decided the next best thing would be talking about sports. I started my journalism career at the University of Hawaii, working on the student newspaper and campus radio station. Through my years in the islands, I covered everything from erupting volcanoes to sumo wrestling, to play-by-play of my beloved UH Warriors. After 5 1/2 years at KTVU, I left for ESPN and spent the next 6 years hosting SportsCenter alongside Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick to name a few. People always ask why I would ever leave national television to return to local TV, but for me, it was all about location and lifestyle. So, in 2001, I happily moved to the Bay Area to work for ABC7 News. When I'm not working, you can find me working out or naturally, watching sports.

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. (

Hawaiian Music Artist: JD Puli

Born into the musical Kalima Ohana of Waimanalo, JD Puli has been surrounded with legendary musicians all his life. At a young age, his mother taught him the ropes of the Hawaiian Music Industry. While studying the difficult techniques of leo kiekie, JD looked up to his Uncle Alvin Kalima often mimicking his effortless talents. A part time resident of California and Hawaii, JD belongs to multiple bands and often strings together trioʻs that have never played collectively. The breathtaking musicianship, and warm aloha spirit he possess brings great joy and fulfillment to any person he meets. His perpetual passion for sharing his love for Hawaiian music is forever growing, and touching the lives of many individuals. “Music is the heart beat of my life and I will continue to share that with the world until I can no longer play”  -JD PULI

Hawaiian Music Artist: Ben Ahn

Fans have described Ben's style as a mix between diverse vocals and ʻukulele virtuosity. He plays just about every type of music out there, and he doesn't hesitate to mix in a few stories between songs. Born and raised on the island of Kauaʻi, Ben studied the piano, trumpet, and baritone before falling in love with the four-stringed ʻukulele. In 1999, he began his studies at Southern Oregon University where he would eventually graduate with an MA in Teaching, a BA in English Writing, and a minor in Human Communication. During that time, he also recorded two independent albums with his band Melemana. Since college, Ben has been invited to play and speak all around the world, including a 2012 World Musician selection by the American School in Japan. He has accumulated thousands of hours of stage-time, and is continually redefining his performances to ones that both new and returning fans love. In 2013, he made San Francisco, California his new home, but he will always remain connected to the island of Kauaʻi, where his musical journey began. (

Fundraiser for College Scholarships and
HCCNC Business Events

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu College Scholarship Program. Read about our 2016 Scholarship recipients.


Major Silent Auction Prize

Hawai‘i Package: Two round trip tickets on Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Grand Raffle Prize

Two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets to the Carribean or Mexico.


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Discounts at Hawaiian Airlines

HCCNC members receiving discounts on airfare between Northern California and Hawaii.


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