Kalani Ali‘i Awards

The annual Kalani Ali’i Awards are presented to our priceless cultural treasures.

Past Recipients

11th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2016:

Saturday Sept. 10, 2016, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • Julian Keikilani Ako
  • Maria Keahinuilapalapakawahineokalua Ah Yat Artis (posthumously)
  • Jimmy Borges (posthumously)
  • Kahu Willowdean Gomes
  • Doreen Kaleookanakaokapailaka Rose Henderson
  • Elizabeth Kauila Poaha Reyes

10th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2015:

Saturday Sept. 12, 2015, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • Dr. Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell
  • Dr. Claire Hughes
  • Auntie Jalna Keala
  • Robert “Bob” Edward Lin Nelson
  • Kupuna Minerva Kalauhiwaokalani Malakaua Higa Pang
  • Order of Kalani Ali’i: Royal Hawaiian Band

9th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2014:

Saturday Sept. 6, 2014, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • Edward Akana
  • Paulette Kahalepuna
  • Fred & Sam Kamaka
  • Nina Keali’iwahamana
  • Rachel Kanoelani McGuire
  • Auntie Bobbi Mills

8th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2013:

Saturday Sept. 7, 2013, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • Senator Daniel K. Inouye
  • Mildred Lehuanui McColgan
  • Aletha Kaohi
  • Alice Pualeilani Kana’e Hewett
  • Kahu David Ka’upu
  • The Order of Kalani Aliʻi: Lunalilo Trust

7th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2012:

Saturday Sept. 8, 2012, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • E. Nickie Ahuna Hines
  • Dr. Michael J. Chun
  • Dr. Adrienne Lois Kaeppeler
  • Richard M. Towill
  • The Leo Nahenahe Singers
  • The Order of Kalani Ali’i: Kamehameha Schools

6th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2011:

Saturday Sept. 6, 2011, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • Edward Akana
  • Paulette Kahalepuna
  • Fred & Sam Kamaka
  • Nina Keali’iwahamana
  • Rachel Kanoelani McGuire
  • Auntie Bobbi Mills

5th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2010:

Saturday Sept. 4, 2010, Mānoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center Luncheon

  • Edwin Mahiai Beamer
  • Dr. Charles Pe’ape’a Makawalu Burrows
  • Arline Wainaha Kuuleialoha Brede Eaton
  • Ane Kelley Kanahele
  • Leianaikaroselaniomaui Woodside

4th Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2009:

Saturday July 11, 2009 Hale Koa Hotel luncheon

  • U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka
  • Rev. Ida Keli’iokalani (Hanapi) Chun
  • Rev. William HiiakaikapolioPele Kaina
  • Larry Linsey Kauanoe Kimura
  • Adelaide Kaiwi (Kuamu) Sylva

3rd Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2008:

Saturday May 16, 2008 Hibiscus Ballroom, Ala Moana Hotel dinner

  • Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa
  • Winona Kealamapuana Ellis Rubin
  • Niklaus R. Schweizer
  • Edith Kawelohea McKinzie
  • David Merritt Peters

2nd Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2007:

Saturday May 19, 2007 Pacific Beach Hotel

  • Patience Elmay K. Wiggin Bacon
  • Mary Kawaiho’ouluoha’ao Craver
  • Elizabeth Kawohiokalani Ellis Jenkins
  • Brother Franklin Ka’imi’ikepono Pao, S.M.
  • James Ka’upena Wong

1st Annual Kalani Aliʻi Awards, 2006:

Held with Convention, Friday, July 21, 22, 23, 2006, Dinner, Ala Moana Hotel

  • Venus Gay Holt
  • Charlotte Kawa’aholo
  • Scott Clarke
  • Kahu Samuel Saffery
  • Edward T. Kaanana
  • Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott