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13th Annual Five Star Aloha Gala

& Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Awards


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Westin St. Francis Hotel - Alexandria Room

San Francisco, CA

Black Tie Optional

5:00 p.m.: Cocktails with complimentary artisan beer, wine, and sake from local makers
      6:15 p.m.: Food stations featuring a taste of the finest restaurants in San Francisco
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Raffle and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m.: 13th Annual Five Star Aloha Program
 8:00 p.m.: 2015 Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship Awards Winners Presentation

2015 Recipients of the HCCNC's Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award:

Faith Ako, Steven Espaniola, and Patrick Landeza

Faith Ako

Being the Bay Area’s premier female artist in Traditional/Contemporary Hawaiian music for over a decade, Faith Ako 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 Kīhei; 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. (


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 Hawaii Music Award. (

Patrick Landeza

Born and raised in Berkeley to Hawai‘i-born parents, Patrick picked up guitar while in high school and learned from the styles best players. A protégé of the Hawaiian slack key masters, Landeza has dedicated his life to sharing this art form with the world. At 34, he was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Kapalakiko Aloha Spirit award for his work with slack key. He is a 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner for Slack Key Album of the Year for his release, “Slack-Key Huaka‘i.” This makes him the first mainland-born artist to win a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award. Landeza is the founder of The Institute of Hawaiian Music and Culture and is responsible for planting the seeds for many Hawaiian music performers and concert tours. Landeza continues to nationally book Hawaiian acts, has a couple music series’ throughout Northern California, teaches slack key weekly at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, produces a weekly radio program, The Hawaiian Music World on  KAPU-LP 104.7FM in Watsonville, CA, runs Landeza’s Island Catering, and is working on a live web stream show with various artists.  (

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2015 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.


Contemporary Hawaiian Artist: Weldon Kekauoha

Popular recording artist born and raised in Honolulu, and 2012 Grammy nominee & multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award recipient, Weldon Kekauoha is a music artist that carries smooth, island rhythms in his music. Weldon's Hawaiian Man album won him the 2000 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Most Promising New Artist. Weldon began playing with the resurrected Manao Company band in 2001 and their album Spread A Little Aloha won the group three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Weldon then formed a group called Tapa Groove. He released an album entitled Kanaka Maoli which was nominated for four Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. In 2007 Weldon released his third recording, a solo album entitled Ka Lehua Ula.  (


Opening Chant and Hula by Kumu Patrick Makuakāne and Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu's dynamic SF-based dance company presents hula as a full theatrical experience that blends traditional and contemporary forms of Hawaiian Dance. Founded in 1985 by Director/Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne, the company is known for its unique contemporary style called hula mua, or "hula that evolves."  The style blends traditional movements with non-Hawaiian music like opera, electronic, dance, alternative, and pop. Both hula mua and authentic, traditional pieces are showcased in the company's visually captivating stage productions. The dance company has performed in locations throughout California, and has also presented its work in Honolulu, Washington D.C., New Orleans, New York, Las Vegas, and Japan. Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu celebrates their 30th anniversary in October 2015 with performances at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.  (


Fundraiser for College Scholarships and
HCCNC Business Events

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu College Scholarship Program. Each year, the HCCNC Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students from Hawai‘i pursuing their college education 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 Prize

Hawai‘i Package: Two roundtrip tickets on Hawaiian Airlines & 1 week stay at Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Grand Raffle Prize

Two Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets anywhere in the 48 states.


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