HPV Honors Volunteers With Dinner

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - September 23, 2009
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Hawaii’s Plantation Village will pay tribute to six individuals via its second annual Plantation Awards Dinner and Fundraiser, scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Hale Ikena, Building 711 at Fort Shafter.

The dinner will give guests a chance to meet and speak with the honorees as well as enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets cost $100 per person, $50 of which is tax deductible. Proceeds will support tours, events and activities at the village. For reservations and more information, call 677-0110.

“Over the years, the six people we are honoring have shown tremendous commitment and dedication to HPV and the legacy of our sugar plantation heritage,” said HPV executive director Jeffrey Higa. “HPV is privileged and grateful to be a recipient of their on-going support and loyalty.”

Among the honorees is Glenn Okada, son of ‘Major’ Okada, HPV founder. The Waipahu High and UH grad worked with Bank of Hawaii and AMFAC before moving on to his own successful business, GO Development Co. Now retired, Okada works tirelessly with HPV to keep the nonprofit history museum and ethno-botanical garden operating.

Others who will be awarded include HPV past-president Richard Hirata, volunteer Yoshiko Yamauchi (the first DOE assigned teacher at the village), “behind the scenes volunteer James Yamauchi, who established and still maintains the Ethnic Garden; MidWeek columnist Dan Boylan, who was instrumental in establishing early governance of HPV; and Marlene Hirata.

Hirata, daughter of “Major” Okada, has 25 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and was named Hawaii State Teacher of the Year in 1994. She currently volunteers at her former stomping grounds at Pohakea Elementary School as well as at HPV, where she chairs many events, including the annual bon dance and weekly seniors’ crafter groups and workshops.

The village is located at 94-965 Waipahu St. near the old sugar mill in historic Waipahu town.

For more information, visit www.hawaiiplantationvillage.org or call 677-0110.

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