(Media release) â€”Â Matt Hamabata, executive director of The Kohala Center, has been honored with a 2009 Hoâ€˜okele award by the Hawaiâ€˜i Community Foundation and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.
Hamabata was one of four nonprofit leaders honored at the 8thÂ Annual Hoâ€˜okele Awards, A Celebration of Hawaiâ€˜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, hoâ€˜okele,Â 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 Hawaiâ€˜i’s people,” said Christine Van Bergeijk, vice president of programs for the Hawaiâ€˜i Community Foundation. Read more