& Kūlia I Ka Nu'u Awards
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Westin St. Francis Hotel - Alexandria Room
5:00 pm: Cocktails with complimentary artisan beer, wine and sake from local makers
6:00 pm: Food Stations featuring a taste of the finest restaurants in San Francisco
5:30 to 7:30 pm: Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction
7:00 pm: 11th Annual Five Star Aloha Formal Program
7:30 pm: Presenting our 2013 Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship Awards Winners
2013 Recipient of the HCCNC's Kūlia I Ka Nu'u Award: Chef Alan Wong
Chef Wong’s restaurant, the eponymously named Alan Wong’s has consistently been ranked in the top 50-restaurants in America by Gourmet Magazine. Chef Wong, world-renowned chef from Hawaii, is a tireless promoter of sustainable island agriculture and one of the founders of Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine. A true innovator, his passion for the cultural and natural richness of the Hawaiian Islands has helped put Hawai’i Regional Cuisine on the map as one of the most highly regarded in the world. It is for his commitment to the culture and community of Hawaiʻi, and showing that a small island state can produce world-class cuisine in reliance on local sustainable produce, the HCCNC is honored to be able to present Chef Alan Wong with this year’s Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award.
The HCCNC's Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award is presented to trailblazers, leaders and innovators who have spread the Aloha Spirit beyond the Islands’ borders; the only award of its kind from the only organization of its kind outside of Hawaiʻi. Past awardees include former University of Hawaiʻi Coach June Jones; Wally Yonamine (a former 49’er and the first Asian American to play professional football); Chefs Sam Choy and Roy Yamaguchi; Brothers Cazimero, the Bay Area’s very own Mary Bitterman, Kumu Patrick Makuakane, and others.
2013 Keynote Speaker: Kurt Osaki
Kurt Osaki was born and raised on the island of Kauai and attended Kapa`a High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and graduated from Mānoa. He was then accepted to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California where he graduated in Design and Packaging. Osaki’s mission in life is the “endless pursuit of excellence” and to give 100% in all he does. This passion is reflected in his professional work: the University of Hawai‘i Warriors, Baltimore Ravens, and Alan Wong Restaurants, just a few major brands where Kurt Osaki left his creative mark. He started Osaki Creative in 1995 just before receiving a call from the NFL. Today, Osaki Creative operates offices in both Honolulu and Berkeley. His creative flair doesn’t only reside in graphic design and branding. Osaki co-owns Hukilau Restaurants in San Jose and Honolulu, as well as the Pagoda Floating Restaurant with partner Duane Kurisu. Osaki is also one of the co-founders of the Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, formed to network Hawai‘i expatriates working in Northern California and to connect the Bay Area to Hawai‘i.
2013 Emcee: Rick Quan
Rick Quan was a sportscaster at KITV in Honolulu and a former Hawaii sportscaster of the year. He spent 20 years at CBS5 in San Francisco where he won two local Emmys and was honored by the Associated Press, the Radio TV News Directors Association (RTNDA), and the Peninsula Press Club. Four times he was voted favorite local TV anchor by readers of the Alameda Newspaper Group. He currently works part time at ABC7 as a sportscaster, run a website devoted to asian american athletes (asianamericansports.com) and produce videos for individuals and local companies, some which can be seen at rickquanproductions.com. He is very involved in the local Asian American community, having emceed numerous events.
Traditional/Contemporary Hawaiian Artist: Faith Ako
Being the Bay Area’s Premier Female Artist in Traditional/Contemporary Hawaiian Music for over a decade, Faith Ako (www.faithako.com) has established her versatile voice along the West Coast. Not only has she won two Hawaiian Music Awards, but has made special guest appearances on Pakele Live in Honolulu and The Maui Prince Hotel in Kihei. In addition to sold out shows in California at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Oakland, The de Young Museum in San Francisco, Whittier College in Los Angeles, and Dougherty Performing Arts Center in San Ramon. Faith’s genuine character has astonished crowds with her sultry tones and innate passion for Hawaiian Music. Listening to Faith’s voice will conjure the essence of aloha from the Hawaiian islands, without the involvement of a plane ride.
Music by 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 (www.stevenespaniola) is that artist. Raised in Aliamanu, Hawai’i and now residing in the California Bay Area, Steven is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Ki Ho'alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar), ‘Ukulele, Upright Bass, and Leo Ki'e Ki'e (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 Na Hoku Hanohano award winning producer Dave Tucciarone. Ho’omaka will be sure to transport the listener to the Hawaii 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.
Music by Mike Dayao
It's no wonder you feel like you're on a vacation when you listen to Mike Dayao sing and strum. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, and now residing across Ocean Beach of San Francisco, Mike Dayao has played all over the west coast with his band, My Peoples (formerly known as Kapakahi), opening up for artists such as UB40, Blondie, Ozomatli, Jake Shimabukuro, and many more. Now as an acoustic solo musician, he brings a mellow, yet energetic flavor that combines acoustic rock island music and pop. Think of it like a perfect combination of Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars. WIth his humble soul and positive outlook he strives to change the world one smile at a time. Visit him online and find all his music & video at http://www.mike-dayao.com
Opening Chant and Hula by Patrick Makuakane and Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu (www.naleihulu.org) is a dynamic SF-based Hawaiian dance compan that features hula as a visually captivating, full theatrical experience. Its performances are a rich blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula. The company's trademark hula mua style pays homage to tradition while bringing hula into a modern realm. This innovative approach showcases hula as a living and evolving art form.
Led by Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane, Na Lei Hulu has enjoyed tremendous success in the Bay Area, garnering audience and critical acclaim with its theatrical hula shows. Na Lei Hulu presents its annual fall hula production at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, and routinely sells out its five performances to a total of 5,000 audience members. The company has performed in locations throughout California, and in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Honolulu.
Fundraiser for College Scholarships and HCCNC Business Events
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kūlia I Ka Nu'u College Scholarship Program. Each year, the HCCNC Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students from Hawai‘i pursuing their college educations in Northern California. It is our way to help develop the 50th State’s future leaders and to further strengthen the bridges between Hawai‘i and Northern California. Also, proceeds will also be dedicated to assisting HCCNC in carrying out its business related events throughout the year.
Major Silent Auction Prizes and Grand Raffle Prize
To add to the excitement of the Five Star Gala on May 29th, here are some updates: (1) Major new silent auction prize: Hawaiian Airlines mileage for two round trip tickets from U.S. Mainland (any airport that Hawaiian Airlines flies from) to New Zealand with free stopover in Honolulu; (2) Grand Raffle Prize: Two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets within continental U.S.; no restrictions, no blackout dates; (3) Grand Silent Auction Prize: Hawaiian Airlines mileage for two Hawaiian Airlines round trip tickets from U.S. Mainland to Hawaii plus one week stay at Ala Moana Hotel.
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