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Palama Settlement’s Malama Palama gala honor Cha Thompson and Ben Aipa

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Palama Settlement will honor entertainment executive, Cha Thompson and surfing legend Ben Aipa at the 2nd annual Malama Palama Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Funds raised from the event will benefit Palama Settlement's keiki, teens and kupuna through the various programs and services offered at the 118-year-old organization.

As CEO of Tihati Productions, Cha has been serving Hawaii's visitor industry for more than 40 years. Supplying all types of entertainment, her company employs more than 1,200 professionals. Cha handles the choreography while her husband, Jack Thompson, directs their productions. In addition to her on-going community service, Cha and Jack have established a scholarship fund for Hawaii students who excel in the performing arts.

Ben Aipa, renowned in the world of surfing as an innovative surfer and surfboard shaper, he is also a generous mentor and coach. Growing up in Liliha, attended Farrington High School and spent many of his childhood days at Palama Settlement. Palama's swim coach, Harry Mamizuka, discovered Ben had a natural talent and coached him on the swim team, alongside his friend Skippa Diaz. He was taught to have respect for the ‘aina and the ocean. Everything he learned at Palama he still lives today.

Aipa Surfboards is credited with several key surfing inventions. Ben, inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1991, is recognized as one of surfing's living legends. He has coached some of the world's most influential surfers and lead an evolution of surfboard design. He still surfs every day at his favorite spot, Ala Moana Bowls.

The gathering at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room begins at 5:30 pm and will include a silent auction and reception prior to dinner and entertainment courtesy of Tihati Productions. Prices for a table of 10 starts at $2,500, individual reservations are $250 per person. To RSVP or for more information, call 848-2502 or to make an online reservation, click here.

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