Moiliili - Three of Hawaii's community leaders will be the first to receive a new award from Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF), a nonprofit public foundation that helps communities while instilling Native Hawaiian values and traditions. Earl Kawa'a, Antoinette "Toni" Lee, and Craig Takamine will be honored with a new Pewa Award during PIDF's annual Ulu Hana event which highlights the work of the Foundation. 

"The inaugural awardees are all recognized for their dedicated resilience and interminable commitment to the communities they serve," says PIDF's president and founder, Jan E. Hanohano Dill.

The name "pewa" comes from the concept of pewa patches. When a pewa patch is placed along a crack on a wooden surface, it can prevent it from turning into a break. Just as the fishtail joint repaired the valuable calabashes of our Hawaiian ancestors, the Pewa Award nominees help to repair broken communities.

The 2019 Ulu Hana event is taking place at the Japanese Cultural Center's Manoa Grand Ballroom in Honolulu on Friday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include dinner, live music, and a short program showcasing both the work of the foundation and that of the Pewa Awardees. For more information about the awardees, the event, visit