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No. 2019 -33

Congratulating TIHATI PRODUCTIONS On its 50th annversary as an entertainment Production company in Hawai‘i

WHEREAS, Tihati Productions is the longest running entertainment production company and among the three longest running performing arts productions in Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, high school sweethearts Jack “Tihati” Thompson and Cha Ku‘upua‘ala (Parker Ortiz) Thompson established Tihati Productions in June of 1969 with modest six dancers; and

WHEREAS, Tihati Productions has become a venerable performing arts production company with 15 running shows statewide, and it engages 1,000 employees (dancers, singers, choreographers, emcees, talent agents, warehouse workers, sound and light technicians, support and management staff); and

WHEREAS, Tihati Productions not only prides itself as an authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian production company that performs throughout Hawai‘i, but via Tihati International Tours, the production company has been providing Hawaiian and Polynesian performances throughout the continental United States and to several nations of the world, conveying our music and dance to all ends of the globe; and

WHEREAS, Tihati Productions regularly engages in community service projects, educational programs and significant support efforts in community advocacy; and, through its founders, Jack and Cha as a part of the leadership of the South Sea Christian Ministries (started by Tihati Productions), the supporting reach extends to less-fortunate communities in Tahiti, the Independent State of Sāmoa, Tonga, and Olohega, Tokelau; and

WHEREAS, this outreach conducted over the last 34 years is a noteworthy giveback to island nations with familial connections to the Thompsons and featured in the Tihati Productions performances by its production company in Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid outreach helped raise one million dollars to establish the South Pacific International Christian School in the village of Utulei, in the district of Fatamafuti, American Sāmoa; and

WHEREAS, Tihati Productions has continued to provide entertainment experiences for many Hawai‘i and Pacific Island youth setting career pathway opportunities for many of them; and

WHEREAS, co-founders Jack and Cha Thompson were awarded the Small Business Persons of the Year Award in 1986; and

WHEREAS, co-founder, Cha Thompson was declared “1999 Mother of the Year” by American Mothers, Inc.; and

WHEREAS, in October 2019, the Krash Kealoha Industry Award was presented to Tihati Productions by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts; and

WHEREAS, over the 50 years since the establishment of Tihati Productions, it has performed for presidents, royalty, dignitaries and guest, providing both unique catered experiences and creatively scripted Hawaiian and Polynesian pageants, reviews and programs.

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 Tihati Productions on its 50th anniversary as an entertainment production company in Hawai‘i; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Jack and Cha Thompson, Tihati Productions, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, The Honorable Prime Minister of The Independent State of Sāmoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, 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