Isle luminaries earn 'O'o Awards


POSTED: Sunday, June 14, 2009

Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning artists the Brothers Cazimero; Ron Jarrett, founder of Jarrett Technology Solutions Inc. and Na 'Oiwi Kane; and Chaminade University Associate Provost and Community Advocate Henry Gomes have been selected as the honorees for the 2009 'O'o Awards by the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.





        Honoring the Brothers Cazimero, Ron Jarrett and Henry Gomes:

» Place: Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom


» When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday


» Tables for 10: $900, $1,500 and $3,000


» Call: Kaleo Paik at 354-7765


The award is presented to native Hawaiians who have contributed to the betterment of Hawaiians, their communities and their professions.

The awards will be presented at a benefit dinner on Saturday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. No-host cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. This year's theme, “;Lono i ke Kaina o Mua,”; honors Lono as a provider of bounty in moving forward.

Tables for 10 are priced as follows: Supporter level, $900; Corporate level, $1,500; Platinum tables, $3,000. Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships and programs for native Hawaiian youth, entrepreneurs and businesses.

The Brothers Cazimero—Robert and Roland—are being recognized as musical trailblazers who got their start in the 1970s as part of Peter Moon's Sunday Manoa. They were part of the Hawaiian Renaissance movement that sparked interest in music combining Hawaiian language with a contemporary sound.

As kumu hula of the Men of Halau Na Kamalei, Robert Cazimero also established one of the first contemporary all-male halau at the request of his kumu hula Maiki Aiu Lake.

The duo will perform at the event.

Ron Jarrett established Jarrett Technology Solutions Inc., which became a successful Hawaiian-owned federal subcontractor and prime contractor. He is also a founder of Na 'Oiwi Kane, the first Native Hawaiian Organization, pioneering the NHO certification process to develop the template for future NHOs.

Henry Halenani Gomes has been an advocate for establishment of native Hawaiian programs at Chaminade. He was instrumental in having Chaminade certified as a “;Native Hawaiian serving institution”; qualifying the university for federal funds for programs serving native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders.

Established in 1976, the 'O'o awards have been presented to more than 50 recipients over the years.

For reservations, call Kaleo Paik at 354-7765. For more information, visit www.nativehawaiian.cc.