2016 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 2016, we honored the following awardees:


This award recognizes a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Hawaiʻi that has shown a commitment to working collaboratively with other organization(s)—nonprofit, for profit, or government—to scale, leverage synergies and efficiencies, and create greater impact in the communities they serve. We proudly presented HUI MAKAAINANA O MAKANA with this award.

Hui Maka‘āinana O Makana was formed in 1998 by key members of the native community in Ha‘ena. The Hui Maka‘āinana O Makana’s mission statement is “dedicated to perpetuating and teaching the skills, knowledge, and practices of our kupuna through the interpretation, restoration, care, and protection of the natural and cultural resources that are located within the Ha‘ena State Park.” They have collaborated with many in their community including Ha‘ena fishers and elders, local divers, kayak and scuba businesses, state officials, scientists and resource managers, as well as other rural fishing communities to protect and steward this amazing resource.

Hui Makaainana o Makana Logo


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. We proudly presented LISA KIMURA, executive director of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii (HMHB), with this award.

Lisa Kimura is the executive director of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii (HMHB). At HMHB, she has helped pass legislation,
introduced new programs, implemented new fundraising strategies, and expanded Cribs for Kids, a safe sleep education program for parents, statewide to all islands. Lisa was appointed to the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Board and is a member of the Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative, Women’s Legislative Coalition, Fetal Alcohol Task Force, and Safe Sleep Hawaii.

Lisa Kimura Headshot


This award recognizes a member of our community who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to Hawaii’s nonprofit sector. This year, we proudly presented both JERRY RAUCKHORST and BARRY TANIGUCHI with this award.


Jerry Rauckhorst has been a leader in the area of social services for
40 years and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Hawaii since 1995. His current nonprofit and community board involvement include Damien Memorial School Board, Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs Advisory Board, Armed Services YMCA, PHOCUSED, and Hawai’i Pops. He is also a founding board member of HANO and a member of the Honolulu Rotary Club.

Barry Taniguchi has spent over 40 years in leadership roles at KTA Super Stores and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He
serves on many nonprofit and community boards including the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, Community First, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, Hilo Boarding School, Hilo High School Foundation, Lyman House Memorial Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum, and Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation

Barry Taniguchi