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Four volunteer leaders honored with Community Heroes Awards

To kick off National Volunteer Week in Hawaii, nonprofit Kanu Hawaii and a group of state lawmakers recognized four residents with Community Heroes Awards.
Published: Apr. 17, 2022 at 11:42 AM HST|Updated: Apr. 17, 2022 at 12:37 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - To kick off National Volunteer Week in Hawaii, nonprofit Kanu Hawaii and a group of state lawmakers recognized four residents with Community Heroes Awards for their commitment to transforming their neighborhoods.

This year’s honorees are Karen Higa of Aiea, Larry Veray of Pearl City, Ron Garrison of state House District 14 on Kauai, and Mahealani Cypher of House District 48 on Oahu’s windward side.

Each had a chance to share their thoughts on volunteerism:

“Not only are you helping others and hopefully making a difference in our community, but the best gift of all has been the people I’ve met over the years caring kind and hardworking people,” Higa said.

“Leaders need to be hands on and they need to take every opportunity to set the example for others to follow in the community,” said Veray.

“What we are all doing really is to help provide a living foundation so that folks have an opportunity to work on the other issues in their life,” said Garrison.

“Doing volunteer work of any kind restores our mana, the God force in all things, that keeps us strong when you face life’s challenges,” Cypher said.

“We are trying to build a culture of service in our communities. Our communities have such great capacity for aloha and we need to continue to harness it,” said Senator Bennette Misalucha, who launched the program in her district last year with Kanu Hawaii and since expanded it to other districts.

Harnessing that aloha, organizers say, can start with volunteering for a beach cleanup, taro planting or other community event this week.

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