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No. 2017 – 22


    WHEREAS, in 1957, the Rotary Club of West Honolulu established the David Malo Award; and

    WHEREAS, this award, given each year, recognizes an individual of Hawaiian ancestry whose accomplishments and life have portrayed the ideal of high achievement; and

    WHEREAS, the award is named after David Malo whose accomplishments and life exemplified the ideal of high achievement and community service for the betterment of the world around us; and

WHEREAS, David Malo used his knowledge and opportunities toward perpetuating ancient Hawai‘i and Hawaiian practices so that he came to be universally regarded as the great authority, and repository of Hawaiiana; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes, since the completion of her PhD in Public Health, has focused her career on studying nutrition and the diet of Native Hawaiians, specifically to obesity leading to diet related cancers, cardiovascular risk and coronary heart disease; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes created and crafted components of several interventions that have been designed to improve the health of Native Hawaiians specifically using diet and physical activity in a culturally grounded manner, by adopting traditional Hawaiian diet and incorporating culturally based physical activities into a healthy lifestyle; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes helped secure federal funding for culturally-based health and nutrition programs and through her drive and dedication authored, co-authored and committee-authored the Dental, Nutrition, and Cultural–Historical Task Force Reports supporting the establishment of the federal Native Hawaiian Health Care Act of 1988; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes became the first Native Hawaiian registered dietitian in 1959 and was the chief of the nutrition branch for the State Department of Health; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes has produced a column on health in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs newspaper for over 20 years; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes was named one of 2011’s Living Treasures of Hawai‘i by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes received the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce ʻŌʻō Award in 2012 for making significant contributions to improve our communities and the well being of Native Hawaiians; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes received the Kalani Ali‘i Award from the Hawaiian Royal Societies in 2015, and

WHEREAS, Claire Hughes is a member of the Honolulu Chapter of the Hale o Nā Aliʻi O Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Hughes is a lifetime member Past President of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu; and a lifetime member of Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club; and,

WHEREAS, Claire Hughes currently serves as the President pro-temp for Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Claire Kuʻuleilani Hughes was presented the 62nd David Malo Award by The Rotary Club of West Honolulu on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Hale Koa Hotel, Kālia, Waikīkī, Honolulu.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 58th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington, in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani, this 4th day of November 2017, commending Claire Kuʻuleilani Hughes, Ph.D., on being presented the 62nd David Malo Award for her lifetime dedication to enrich, nourish and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to Claire Ku‘uleilani Hughes, her son Byron Ho, the Kuini Pi‘olani Hawaiian Civic Club, the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, the Kamehameha Schools Archives, the Hale O Nā Ali‘i O Hawai‘i – ‘Ahahui Po‘o, as well as the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, President of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Chair of the State Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and all County Mayors.

The undersigned hereby certifies that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani on the 4th day of November 2017, at the 58th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Seattle, Washington.   

Annelle C. Amaral, President