The Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards was founded in 2018 in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Partners in Development Foundation. The concept of “Ulu Hana” acknowledges and celebrates the work of PIDF and the transformational change our work creates within the community.
A pewa is a bow-tie-shaped patch used in traditional Hawaiian woodworking that is strategically placed along a crack on a wooden surface that prevents breaks, thus bringing unity where there was once discord.
A key component of the event, the Pewa Award recognizes an individual leader or community member who has made a significant difference in addressing and supporting critical community needs or challenges within the state of Hawaiʻi.
The 2021 Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards premiere will be held on Saturday, August 21, on KGMB. We are excited to share this event with more people through our virtual format and have many different sponsorship opportunities available. For more information sponsoring this year's event please click the button below or contact our communications office at (808) 595-5290.
The Pewa Award recognizes an individual leader or community member who has made a significant difference in addressing and supporting critical community needs or challenges within the state of Hawaiʻi. This individual works to overcome obstacles within their community by engaging in and inspiring others to take action in areas critically needing repair. A Pewa nominee, like the pewa itself, operates with minimal recognition for their diligent efforts.
- Resides in the state of Hawaiʻi
- Exhibits PIDFʻs core values
- Aloha - loves and respects others
- Lōkahi - creates unity and harmony
- Mālama - cares for and honors the community
- Pono - exhibits moral action
- Poʻokela - produces quality outcomes
- Focused on creating a sustainable change for generations to come
- History of working within their community or the state of Hawai‘i to bring together people in an effort to inspire positive change
Click on the images below to learn about our past Pewa Awardees.
2021 Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards will recognize four individual leaders who have made a significant difference in addressing and supporting critical community needs or challenges within the state of Hawaiʻi. Tune in for the premiere on Aug. 21 at 6p.m. on KGMB.
This year’s Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards took place Friday, April 12th, at the Mānoa Grand Ballroom in the Japanese Cultural Center of Honolulu. Over 300 people attended the charitable event, raising nearly $100,000 in unrestricted funding for the many programs of Partners in Development Foundation.
Our 2019 Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards is only days away! We are excited to honor our Pewa Awardees, celebrate the community service of our programs, and happy to announce the following musical acts for the evening: