Partners in Development Foundation celebrate the Ulu Hana Pewa Awards

Since 1997, Partners in Development Foundation has served over 128,000 family members across the state. “We do this because we feel its part of our kuleana to care for the people and places of Hawaii,” said Shawn Kana’iaupuni, President/CEO of Partners in Development Foundation. Their mission is to inspire and equip families for success and service and they do that using ike kupuna, the ancestral wisdom and values that are passed down from generation to generation. They also run educational programs, serve economically vulnerable youth and families, and support food sustainability.

The Ulu Hana Pewa Awards is put on by Partners in Development Foundation to recognize the unsung heroes who contribute to helping those in need. The award show is named after the pewa, which is a small piece of wood shaped like a bowtie. It is used in traditional Hawaiian woodworking to mend cracks and restore integrity. This year, the Ulu Hana Pewa Awards will be virtual with an amazing line up of performers, and stories of those in the community. There will also be an auction where you can bid for beautiful items, stays at beautiful places, and tickets to events. If you are interested in attending the event, or want to donate to Partners in Development Foundation, please visit their website at

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