2019 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 2019, 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 THE PEOPLES ADVOCACY TRAILS HAWAIʻI with this award.

The Peoples Advocacy Trails Hawaiʻi (PATH) works with Hawaiʻi State & County, local leaders, and the community to safely connect people and places on Hawaiʻi Island with bikeways, sidewalks and pathways.


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 COURTNEY L. IKAWA, Maui Regional Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters, with this award.

Courtney L. Ikawa is a Maui High School graduate who obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. The emphasis and value put on service-learning at Seattle U. helped her find her calling for social justice. Courtney returned to Maui to work as a Case Manager for Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center where she worked with the youth and their families. Courtney received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from UH Mānoa in 2016. She has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaiʻi for five years.

She began her journey with the organization as a Community-Based Program Case Manager and was promoted to the Maui Regional Director in January 2018. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 1 year old and husband, as well as playing soccer and dancing hula.


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 JAN DILL with this award.

Jan Edward Hanohano Dill has over fifty years of experience working effectively with federal, state, and local governments and has demonstrated success at developing and managing programs for Native Hawaiian families as President and founder of Partners in Development Foundation. The Foundation offers culturally-based approaches to build healthy and resilient families and communities in areas of education, social services and environmental sustainability and serves over 10,000 annually in over 75 communities across the state. He also led the Mālama ʻĀina Foundation in collaborating with the University of Hawaiʻi, public charter schools and others in STEM education for over 20 years. Mr. Dill’s successful leadership is fueled by his passion to promote servant leadership and intentionally integrate the values of pono, poʻokela, mālama, aloha and lokahi. He has co-authored seven children’s books created as resources for PIDF’s Tūtū and Me families. Among other community involvement, Mr. Dill has served on the Board of Nā Pua a Ke Ali Pauahi as Vice President and President and Chairman of the Governor’s/Mayors’ Annual Hawaiʻi Prayer Breakfast. He was Chair of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Hawaiʻi Board and member of the Steering Committee for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hokuleʻa 1980 Voyage, and the Volunteer Corps of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center.

Since 2018, Mr. Dill has served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Abigail K.K. Kawānanakoa Foundation. Mr. Dill is a Kamehameha Schools graduate and received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Beloit College in Wisconsin and his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is a Fulbright Fellow, is fluent in Spanish and a student of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Mr. Dill has received numerous awards and recognitions for his lifelong contributions across the fields of science, Hawaiian culture, education, and religion.