Waimea News — Kohala Center Exec Receives Ho’okele Leadership Award

(Media release) — Matt Hamabata, executive director of The Kohala Center, has been honored with a 2009 Ho‘okele award by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

Matt Hamabata

Matt Hamabata

Hamabata was one of four nonprofit leaders honored at the 8th Annual Ho‘okele Awards, A Celebration of Hawai‘i’s Nonprofit Leaders luncheon today. Hamabata receives a $10,000 grant to be used for his professional development and renewal.

“Just as a steersman, ho‘okele, is key to guiding a canoe successfully to its destination, this award recognizes the significant and often less visible role that a nonprofit leader plays in improving the quality of life for Hawai‘i’s people,” said Christine Van Bergeijk, vice president of programs for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Read more