ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
No. 2019 -31
Congratulating Aaron Mahi in his selection as a 2019 Kalaniana‘ole Scholarship Pā‘ina Honoree by the Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club
WHEREAS, Aaron David Mahi was born on July 9, 1953, to Miguel Mahi and Barbara Leilani Mahi and was raised in Kalihi, O‘ahu; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi is a 1971 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and is currently a cultural specialist with Partners in Development Foundation, guiding the organization in executing its mission with the proper Hawaiian protocols and language; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi received a music education degree from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and attended the Herbert Bloomsted Institute of Conducting at Loma Linda University in California; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi is fluent in Hawaiian, English, and German; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi received Golden Ring of Honor from the Association of German Musicians; and Order of Merit of Germany; and
WHEREAS, a spiritual leader, Aaron Mahi is the Kahu of the Community of Christ Church in Makiki and has served the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs as its Kahu; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi’s masteriful musical talents have naturally positioned him to serve as the Royal Hawaiian Band master for 24 years from 1981 to 2005, the conductor of the Honolulu symphony orchestra from 1988 to 1995, and is currently the director of the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi lent his talents in serving for many years a the ‘Aha Mele Chair for the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; and
WHEREAS, a former member of the O‘ahu Island Burial Council, Aaron Mahi also served as a commissioner and cultural practitioner for the State of Hawai‘i Land Use Commission; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi’s skill as a musical arranged has led him to compose, chart and arrange music for the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Kamehameha Schools, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs among other choirs, orchestras and bands; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi is also a noted recording artist and musician mastering many instruments but notes the upright bass to be his instrument of passion, and his first recording project was as member of the group “Ka Leo Hawai‘i” as a student of Dr. Larry Lindsey Kimura while enrolled in Hawaiian language classes with Dr. Kimura; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi joined Haunani Apoliona, Haunani Bernardino and Eldon Akamine as members of the group “Kaimana,” and debuted an album by the group’s name in 1977; and
WHEREAS, Aaron Mahi is a proud contributing member of the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and the Kuini Pi‘olani Hawaiian Civic Club, and he has also served in leadership roles in both clubs; and
WHEREAS, in September 2017, Aaron Mahi was presented the Kalani Ali‘i Award by the ‘Aha Hīpu‘u – the conglomerate of Hawaiian Royal Societies; and
WHEREAS, on August 3, 2019, Aaron Mahi was designated a 2019 Kalaniana‘ole Scholarship Pā‘ina Honoree by the Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 60th Annual Convention in Lahaina, Maui, in the malama of Welehu and the rising of Lāʻau Pau, this 16th day of November 2019, congratulating Aaron David Mahi in his selection as a 2019 Kalaniana‘ole Scholarship Pā‘ina honoree by the Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to Aaron David Mahi, his mother Mrs. Leilani Mahi, Partners in Development, the Kamehameha Schools Archives, the Community of Christ Church, 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 subject matter committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House subject matter committee on 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 Welehu and the rising of Lāʻau Pau on the 16th day of November 2019, at the 60th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Lahaina, Maui.
Hailama V. K. K. Farden, President