Monday, May 19, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (no-host cocktails at 5:00 p.m.)
Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom
An annual tradition since 2003, the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards honors leaders from across all sectors of our community to celebrate their accomplishments in advancing public policy. This year’s honorees are:
Loretta Fuddy: Director, Hawaii Department of Health (in memoriam)
Loretta Fuddy was the director of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health and previously served as chief of the Family Health Services Division. She held degrees in sociology, social work, and public health from the University of Hawai‘i and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Public Health. With more than 38 years of experience in the field of health and human services at all levels, she made a profound impact on healthcare in Hawai‘i.
Henk Rogers: Founder and Chairman, Blue Planet Foundation
Henk Rogers is determined to end the use of carbon-based fuel on the planet, starting with fossil fuels in Hawaiʻi. Driven by the vision of a world of abundant, renewable energy that sustains all life on Earth, the Blue Planet Foundation has become the frontline organization in the fight for indigenous, renewable energy in Hawaiʻi. Rogers also founded Blue Planet Research, working on off-grid solutions and exploring the hydrogen economy.
Barry Taniguchi: CEO and Chairman, KTA Super Stores
Barry Taniguchi is widely recognized for his community service and leadership. He treasures the family tradition established by his grandparents who started the family business, K. Taniguchi, Ltd. in 1916. “My grandfather believed he must give back to the community as a way of thanking them for supporting and patronizing his business.” Over 98 years later, what started as a small mom and pop store in Hilo has grown to 5 full service super stores and a convenience store on the Island of Hawai‘i.
Leslie Wilcox: President and CEO, PBS Hawaii
Leslie Wilcox heads the team running Hawai‘i’s public television system, the islands’ sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). With technology and touch, the station bridges geographical barriers, providing equal educational opportunities on six populated islands. She oversees initiatives that include the nation’s first statewide student news network HIKI NŌ (Hawaiian for “can do”). Students from 85 schools — public, private and charter ― learn responsible storytelling and real-world workforce skills.
Please join us in honoring these individuals for their incredible service to our state.
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Andrew Takuya Garrett
Acting President & CEO