The Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools recognized Jan Dill KSK’61 as the 2016 Order of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Award recipient at a gala held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on October 12, 2016.
The award, which was first given in 1956, is bestowed upon those who have been unselfish in their gift of time, dedication and service to their community and who exemplify the qualities of character and leadership that are consistent with the spirit of KS founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Other notable recipients include Samuel E. King, Duke Kahanamoku, Edith Kanakaole, Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka KSB’42.
This was the first time in the award’s 60-year history that a gala was held to honor a recipient. In total, the gala grossed over $200,000 with net proceeds to be distributed to partner organizations dedicated to improving early childhood education across Hawaiʻi.
“The Order of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Award ranks among the highest honors at Kamehameha Schools and acknowledges those whose personal and professional contributions have had a significant, positive impact on the Hawaiian community,” said Jack Wong, KS CEO. “Jan is a shining model of what it is to be ‘good and industrious’ as Princess Pauahi had envisioned for all Native Hawaiian learners.”
“The event was an opportunity to recognize a special man and his amazing contributions,” added Caroline Peters-Belsom KSK’66, Pauahi Foundation board chair and co-chair of the gala. “In the process, we were able to raise funds for an area of need that Jan has a passion for.”
Jan was selected for his years of dedicated service to helping communities locally, as well as abroad. He is the co-founder of Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF), a non-profit committed to assisting Native Hawaiian children and families using Hawaiian values and perspectives.
“I accept this award on behalf of the hope and expectation that Kamehameha can move forward in building these amazing partnerships to join with the community, aggregate resources and really address the issues that we need to address if the legacy of Bernice Pauahi Bishop is put to life,” said Jan in his acceptance speech at the gala. “Let’s stop ignoring the tremendous needs of our community and come together to work towards true transformational change.”
In addition to a pūpū spread and three course dinner service, the gala included an auction with over 160 items. Some of the notable items included a 3-hour sail on Hikianalia hosted by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, gift certificates to the newest restaurants at SALT at Our Kakaʻako, an original oil painting by Jan’s grandson Hayden Butler depicting early life of young Jan Dill, and a Kamaka 100th anniversary ‘ukulele.
The event included entertainment from the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association Choir, Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners Hōkū Zuttermeister and Chad Takatsugi KSK’95, as well as an impromptu performance by Robert Cazimero KSK’67 who was there as a guest.
“The gala is an example of how we can partner with others to create transformational change for our Lāhui,” said Pono Ma‘a KSK’82, interim executive director at the Pauahi Foundation. “Mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank, Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts and the rest of our generous sponsors for supporting this important initiative and honoring Jan and his ‘ohana.”
The 2017 Order of Ke Ali‘i Pauahi gala is set for October 12, 2017 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. For information on the award or how you can become a sponsor, please contact Lani Ka‘a‘a at (808) 534-3966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.