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2023 Annual Pāʻina Fundraising Dinner

On the 25th of February, supporters of Hale Kipa gathered at a sunset fundraiser overlooking the rolling surf of Kewalos.  Arriving guests were greeted by the enchanting sounds and graceful sights of entertainers from Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai o Ha‘eha‘e Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes.

A pule wehe blessing by Dr. Kahu Kaleo Patterson was followed by a traditional Hawaiian lūʻau as guests were serenaded by the musical talent of John Akapo.

Speakers included Hale Kipa’s Board Chair, Scott Seu, Hale Kipa’s CEO, Venus Rosete-Medeiros, and Hawaiʻi’s First Lady, Jaime Green.  Former Hale Kipa youth gave moving speeches as they relived their turbulent childhood and their journey of hope through programs and services that helped guide them to a better future.

This year, Imua Kākou was the theme – Hana like a holomua pū, Working and Moving Forward Together!  Funds raised from this annual event has gone towards supporting important programs and services that create opportunities for thousands of Hawaiʻi’s young people who need assistance.

Join us next year for another wonderful event that will benefit our community ʻohana.


Special mahalo to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center, our Silent Auction donors, videography by Gerard Elmore, photography by Leticia Buhr, Ryan’s Graphics Corporation for their printing services, Elite Parking Services, and the dedicated and hard working volunteers who helped make this event a great success.

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Generous supporters of the 2023 Annual Pāʻina Fundraising Dinner

Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc.
Maenette Benham
Katie & Chris Bennett
The Boardroom Kailua
Bronster Fujichaku Robbins
Paula Browne
Laura Brucia Hamm
Butcher and Bird
Connie Carvill
Central Pacific Bank
Chemistry Beauty
Cindy’s Lei & Flower Shoppe
Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation
Jeanne Cordeiro
Mike Cordeiro

Heidi Cregor
Elite Parking
First Hawaiian Bank
Anke Flohr
Terry George
Goen Dining and Bar
Gov. Josh Green & Jaime Green
Hawaii Dental Service
Hilton Grand Vacations
Virginia & Bill Hinshaw
Ho`ala Salon and Spa
Kaiser Permanente
Kalapawai Market
Kamehameha Schools
Shawn Kanaiaupuni
Kate Spade

Jean Kellerman
Marie Kumabe
Kumu Kahua Theatre
Lanson Kupau
Kuhio Lewis
Mary Mack
Zachary McNish & Kilikina Mahi
Jamee Miller
Lauren Nahme
Lawrence Okinaga
Paradise Beverages
Dr. Traci Potterf, Inner Genius Health
Protea Zero Waste
PURVÉ Donut Stop
Judy Pyle & Wayne Pitluck
Jerry Rauckhorst
Elizabeth Roulston

Bryan Jordan, Sacred Breath Healing Arts
Malia Schreck
Scott Seu & Carrie Okinaga
Greg Sitar
Sound Wave Therapy
Tea Chest Hawaii
Ann Teranishi
Daniel Tocchini
Susan Utsugi
Vera Bradley
Lia Chee & Mike Watanabe
Lynn & Jeff Watanabe
Dean & Jodi Yamamoto
Jason Yoshimi
Zia’s European Caffe