On Friday, April 12, 2019 Partners in Development Foundation will be hosting its 2nd Annual Ulu Hana: Pewa Award event at Manoa Grand Ballroom. During this event, we will be honoring and recognizing three Pewa Awardees - Craig Takamine, Earl Kawaʻa, and Antoinette "Toni" Lee.

When a Pewa patch is strategically placed along a crack on a wooden surface, it can prevent it from resulting in a break; thus bringing unity where there was once discord. The concept of the pewa is symbolized by what is known as a butterfly or fishtail patch.

Symbolically, the three honorees are the embodiment of that pewa. Thorough their selfless deeds, they bring strength, healing, and health to their communities despite the many challenges and obstacles that may present themselves.

The purpose of this Pewa Award is to celebrate and thank our unsung heroes for their dedication, resilience, and undying commitment, as well as the impact that has been made on the families in the communities they serve. Hoʻomaikaʻi!
EarlkawaaEarl Kawaʻa is a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner from the island of Molokaʻi and currently works at Kamehameha Schools. He continues to carry on the Hawaiian tradition of making hand carved poi boards and stone pounders. In conjunction with Keiki O Ka ʻĀina he has taught more than 5,000 students in the making of a board and stone. His impact through this process brings families together to share a culturally profound and meaningful experience.

Tonilee_2Antoinette “Toni” Lee has been the elected president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs National Organization since 2004. She served as the president of the Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club and has held various leadership positions in the Hawaiian Civic Club communities. Aunty Toni also served as the chair, coordinator and board member for the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade for the past decade. She also dedicates her time to the Department of Educationʻs Kupuna Program teaching Hawaiian Studies at Manana Elementary School.

CraigtakamineCraig Takamine is President of Takamine Construction in Hilo, Hawaiʻi where he was born and raised. Along with wife Audrey, Craig built his contracting business from scratch and learned early on in his career the importance of family and community connections. Craigʻs leadership and commitment to the Hawaiʻi Island community includes among others, volunteer projects such as Hiloʻs NAS swimming pool and the Panaewa Zoo Playground.