2015 Nonprofit Award Winners

There is so much good work being done in Hawaii to improve and strengthen communities and advance missions. We celebrate you each daily here at HANO, but for one moment each year, we come together to acknowledge and celebrate these contributions. In 2015, we honored the following awardees:


This award recognizes an emerging nonprofit leader in Hawaiʻi who exemplifies organizational and professional excellence, community spirit, innovation, personal integrity and has made an impressive impact on our nonprofit industry. The Emerging Nonprofit Leader serves as an ideal model for other aspiring nonprofit professionals.

In 2015, we proudly presented KEVIN CHANG, Executive Director of Kua‘aina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA), with this award in recognition of his creative work as a valuable intermediary, strengthening the capacities of others in preserving and restoring traditional practices in place-based natural resource stewardship.

Kevin Change Headshot


The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a member of our community who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to Hawaii’s nonprofit sector, someone instrumental in building the all-important financial literacy and capacity of nonprofits of all sizes across the state.

In grateful appreciation of his hard work, devotion and commitment to HANO’s mission to strengthen nonprofits, we proudly presented ALLEN ARAKAKI, president of Allen M. Arakaki, CPA, Inc., with this award in 2015.

Allen Arakaki Headshot