The Pōmaikaʻi Ballrooms were filled with energy and excitement on Thursday, February 25, 2016 as Honolulu Community College honored outstanding community partners the Building Industry Association of Hawaiʻi, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and seven distinguished alumni: Jayne Arasaki, Reg Baker, Karen Kamahele, Norman Loui, Ernie Martin, Kimberly Matunis and Jason Suapaia for their professional achievements and contributions to the community.
A proclamation from Governor David Ige proclaimed February 25, 2016 “Celebrate! 2016 Day” in the state of Hawaiʻi. Certificates of achievement were given to each honoree from Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office and the Honolulu City Council made a special on-stage presentation to all of the honorees.
Through the college’s reverse transfer efforts Chancellor Erika Lacro made a special surprise presentation to honoree Reg Baker. During his time at Honolulu CC he had accumulated sufficient credits that qualified him to receive an associate in applied science degree in applied trades.
The room was filled with the Hawaiian sounds of the Waimānalo Sunset Band and the evening was hosted by local entertainer, Braddah Sam. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefits the Honolulu Community College General Scholarship Endowment fund.
Photos from the gala
—By Billie Lueder