A Celebration of Leadership: 47th Annual ʻŌʻō Awards & Gala


The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) proudly announces the 47th annual ʻŌʻō Awards & Gala, set for October 4 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

This prestigious event honors Native Hawaiian business leaders who exemplify courage, resilience, and dedication to their craft and the people of Hawaiʻi. These ʻŌiwi leaders remind us that Hawaiian culture and values remain crucial pillars in our business practices and legacy for future generations. This year, we are honored to present the ʻŌʻō Award to three outstanding honorees.

Photo: Paula Akana

Paula Lynn Kaʻiulani Akana is the president and CEO of The Friends of ʻIolani Palace. Her journey at ʻIolani Palace began in July 2019, following a distinguished 35-year career as a broadcast journalist with KITV Island News, where she focused on Hawaiian issues and culture. She has also hosted the Merrie Monarch Festival and the Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula competitions. Paula is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools and UH Mānoa, where she earned a B.A. in journalism.

Photo: Corbett Kalama

Corbett Aaron Kamohaʻikiokalani Kalama is the president and CEO of RESCO, parent company of Locations, overseeing strategy and operations, including brokerage operations and developer relationships. He was EVP, at the Weinberg Foundation’s Hawaiʻi Office and held various roles at First Hawaiian Bank. He serves on the boards of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation and is president of Friends of Hawaiʻi Charities. He is also a director and coach at Kailua Canoe Club and a former Kamehameha Schools trustee. He graduated from Western Oregon University and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Photo: Thomas McClellan

Thomas Kealiʻiʻaimoku Nāhiʻenaʻena McClellan has devoted his career to the betterment of Native Hawaiians, focusing on empowering the next generation of business leaders with tools to uplift their lives and communities. He has provided resources, mentoring, and financial support to aspiring entrepreneurs and students. While his business achievements are well-known, his greatest contributions are his quiet efforts to advance the lāhui.

NHCC Board President Mike Rawlins expressed gratitude for these leaders, who tirelessly work to uplift others and improve lives, representing a long line of deserving Kānaka Maoli.

Join us in celebrating the exceptional achievements of these honorees who embody the spirit of Hawaiian leadership and community dedication. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nativehawaiianchamberofcommerce.org.