Hundreds fête 2024 Living Treasures honorees; 2025 to be event’s golden anniversary

It was hard not to be impressed by the five cultural and educational giants in their fields being honored at the 49th annual “Living Treasures of Hawaii” luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Hundreds attended the program to pay tribute to the accomplishments of the honorees who, over the years, have shared their knowledge and devotion to their fields with colleagues and students, a selfless act of generosity that will likely influence generations for decades.

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Through personalized video presentations, the audience heard stories from their often humble beginnings to their inspiring achievements.

The stellar lineup of 2024’s honorees were Julian Keikilani Ako, Douglas D.L. Chong, Dr. Davianna Pomaika’i McGregor, Dr. Ricardo D. Trimillos and Sarah ‘Ilialoha Ayat Quick Keahi. Detailed information on this year’s honorees is available in a posted press release.

Bishop Toshiyuki Umitani and President Dr. Warren Tamamoto presented each recipient with certificates of acknowledgment and personalized calligraphy made by one of last year’s Living Treasures, calligraphy master Hiromi Peterson.

Several previous “Living Treasures” recipients were in attendance, a fitting acknowledgment to welcome 2024’s honorees to the fold.

Now it is time to consider the call for next year’s golden anniversary, the 50th annual celebration. And while the Aug. 1 deadline may seem several months away, the nominees, whether individually or by organization, need to submit a maximum of three letters to support the nomination.

Forms may be obtained either from Living Treasures web page or in person from Headquarters Office at 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813. The form includes details on the history, purpose, procedure, and criteria for selection.

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