2018 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 2018, we honored the following awardees:


This award recognizes a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Hawaii 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 HAWAII YOUTH SERVICES NETWORK with this award.

Hawaii Youth Services Network is a statewide network of youth-serving organizations. Through networking, it advances its mission of: working as a network to collaborate, advocate, educate, build capacity, and provide leadership on youth issues to increase the well-being of youth ages 12 – 21 and their families in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region.


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 CHAD CABRAL of Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island with this award.

Chad Cabral was named Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI) in May 2016. Under his leadership, BGCBI opened a commercial, certified kitchen providing over 60,000 healthy meals and snacks to hungry Club members; opened the 1st Club in West Hawai‘i; strengthened the programs and services at 6 locations in Hilo, Kea’au, Pahoa, Pahala, Ocean View and Kealakehe; all while clearing a $500,000 budget deficit he inherited. These successes are due to Cabral’s ability to connect with and forge strong partnerships with public and private funders. Cabral has 17+ years experience in educational administration, working for student and academic support programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Colorado State University. Before joining BGCBI, Cabral served as Director of Development for Hawai‘i Island based Hope Services Hawaii, Inc. where he oversaw the development of community partnerships and funding resources
needed to provide greater support for the Island’s growing homeless population.

Chad Cabral


This award recognizes an individual or an organization that has made significant systemic contributions to strengthen the nonprofit sector, improving the operating environment for all nonprofits in Hawaii. We proudly presented HUGH JONES with this award.

Hugh R. Jones is In House Legal Counsel at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. Jones was formerly a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Tax & Charities Division of the Department of the Attorney General. As a senior deputy attorney general, Jones was responsible for providing regulatory oversight over corporate charities and charitable trusts, and over their professional fundraising and charitable fundraising practices. Jones authorized several recent legislative acts that affected nonprofit corporation governance matters and “life cycle” events and conflicts of interest transactions. Jones also drafted Hawaii’s charitable solicitation registration law. Jones has been a visiting professor of law at William S. Richardson School. Jones is the past president of the National Association of State Charity Officials and past president of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, and a recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General Annual Senior Staff Award. Jones frequently serves as a faculty member at Hawai‘i and national conferences relating to charitable regulation and nonprofit governance matters.


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 Bob Agres and Mary Cooke with this award.

MARY COOKE is the co-founder of Manoa Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization which offers visitors unique insights into Hawaii’s past. She has been involved with civic and community leadership for over 45 years including Malama Manoa, Punahou School, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Garden Club of Honolulu, and Garden Club of America.

BOB AGRES has worked in the fields of community-based economic development and asset development for the past 30 years to help generate opportunities for Hawai‘i families and communities to increase their social and economic well being. He is currently part of the County of Hawaii’s Kilauea Eruption Recovery Team, serving as its Manager for Disaster Recovery Community Engagement & Collaboration. He previously served as Deputy Director for Planning, Environmental Compliance, & Sustainability with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a member of the practitioner team at Islander Institute, and was the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development.