2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

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L. Tammy Duckworth Gary Galiher & Diane Ono Richard Ha John T. Komeiji Hing Leung Sham, PhD Isabella Aiona Abbott, PhD

The Distinguished Alumni Awards pay tribute to those alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of the University of Hawai'i and ensuring improvement in the quality of life for future generations.

On May 12 at the Sheraton Waikiki, we will honor our 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients:
  • L. Tammy Duckworth BA '89 (Mānoa), Major, U.S. Army National Guard, Iraq War veteran
  • Gary Galiher JD '77, MEd '71 (Mānoa), Senior Partner, Galiher DeRobertis Ono, and
    Diane Ono JD '91, BA '73 (Mānoa) AS '82 (Kapi'olani), Managing Partner, Galiher DeRobertis Ono
  • Richard Ha BBA '73 (Mānoa), Founder and President, Hamakua Springs Country Farms
  • John T. Komeiji BEd '75 (Mānoa), Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hawaiian Telcom
  • Hing Leung Sham, PhD PhD '80 (Mānoa), Senior Vice President of Chemical Sciences, Elan Biopharmaceuticals
The 2011 UH Founders Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the family of:
Benny Chong & Byron Yasui Benny Chong & Byron Yasui (BEd ’65 UH Mānoa) will jazz up the evening, ukulele-style. Chong is regarded by many jazz musicians as the world’s premiere jazz ukulele artist. Bassist and ASCAP award-winning composer Yasui is professor emeritus of composition & theory in the music department at UH Mānoa, where he taught since 1972 and retired last year.

The annual event will raise essential funding for the UH Alumni Association, a not-for-profit organization that awards student scholarships, connects alumni through its events and the UHAA Online Ohana at UHalumni.org , supports UHAA chapters & UH campuses, and facilitates communication between UH and its alumni.

This year’s silent auction will feature many goods and services donated by alumni and businesses to help raise money for UHAA. Items up for bid include a 4-night Hawaiian Package at the California Hotel, neighbor-island & mainland hotel stays, dinner for two at Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Maui Divers Jewelry gift certificate, art by Gary Reed, fine wine, and much more.


Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
May 12, 2011
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Kaua'i and Maui Ballrooms
2255 Kalākaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

4:30 p.m. – VIP cocktail reception (by invitation only)
5:30 p.m. – Check-in, silent auction, no-host cocktails
6:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies, dinner, entertainment and program

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

PLATINUM SPONSOR – $7,500
($5,940 is tax-deductible)

  • Table of 10 with preferred seating
  • Invitation for four to attend VIP cocktail reception
  • Complimentary wine
  • Hosted valet parking
  • One-year UHAA Ha'aheo (paid individual)
    membership for all guests
  • Recognition with company logo in UHAA
    e-newsletter, website and event program*
GOLD SPONSOR – $5,000
($3,530 is tax-deductible)

  • Table of 10 with preferred seating
  • Invitation for two to attend VIP cocktail reception
  • Complimentary wine
  • Hosted self parking
  • One-year UHAA Ha'aheo (paid individual) membership for all guests
  • Recognition in UHAA e-newsletter, website
    and event program*
SILVER SPONSOR – $3,000
($1,570 is tax-deductible)

  • Table of 10 with preferred seating
  • Complimentary wine
  • Hosted self parking
  • One-year UHAA Ha'aheo (paid individual) membership for all guests
  • Recognition in UHAA e-newsletter, website
    and event program*
STANDARD TABLE – $2,000
($750 is tax-deductible)

  • Table of 10
  • One-year UHAA Ha'aheo (paid individual) membership for all guests
INDIVIDUAL SEAT – $180
($55 is tax-deductible)

  • Includes one-year UHAA Ha'aheo
    (paid individual) membership
UHAA INDIVIDUAL SEAT – $130
($55 is tax-deductible)

  • Must be a Ha'aheo or 'Onipa'a (paid) UHAA member

* If purchased by April 29, 2011

Attire: Business/Aloha

Parking:  Validated parking (up to 12 hours), $8 for self parking, and $13 for valet parking. Hosted parking (if applicable) will be validated in full upon check-in.

Registration & Payment:  Advance registration is required. Sponsors must be registered by April 29, 2011, to be included in the event program. Payment must be received by May 6, 2011. Please make checks payable to "UHF/UHAA" and mail to:

Distinguished Alumni Awards
University of Hawai'i Alumni Association
2440 Campus Road, Unit 307
Honolulu, HI 96822-2234

Changes & Cancellations: Changes or cancellations must be received by May 6, 2011 . No refunds will be given after this date.

Other Information:
  • For Platinum sponsors, please e-mail your logo in .jpg, .tif, .eps or .pdf file format (minimum 300 dpi) to events@uhalumni.org by April 29, 2011, to be included in the event program.
  • For Platinum and Gold sponsors, your invitation to the VIP cocktail reception will be mailed to you after April 4, 2011.
  • One-year UHAA Ha'aheo membership (paid individual, if applicable) will only be activated if guests complete the membership forms on their tables at the event.  Once activated, they will receive a membership packet by mail after May 30, 2011.
Contact:  For inquiries/special requests, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at events@uhalumni.org or call (808) 956-2586, toll-free 1-877-842-5867.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.