Recognition Dinner Honors, Maiava and Iboshi

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The Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, together with the Hawai‘i County Bar Association (HCBA), invites the public to its thirteenth annual Recognition Dinner and Auction on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. Founded in 1983, Ku‘ikahi has been “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” for 35 years.

Debra Ching Maiava

This year Ku‘ikahi is giving the ‘Peacemaker Award’ to Debra Ching Maiava, owner of Ponds Hilo and manager of Ken’s House of Pancakes. The HCBA is honoring Charlene Iboshi, retired Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Hawai‘i.

Charlene Iboshi. Courtesy photo.

The evening kicks off with no-host cocktails and pūpū at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The buffet dinner features carved roast prime rib of beef, chicken marbella and macadamia nut crusted fish.  Also served are Caesar salad, vegetable rice pilaf, fresh garden grilled vegetable primavera, mashed kabocha squash, dessert, and punch, iced tea and coffee.

Newton Chu and Jeri Gertz will emcee the gala event. Items up for bid in the silent and live auctions include gift certificates for rounds of golf, outdoor excursions, overnight stays, and dining experiences; artwork and gift baskets; fine wines, orchids and much more.


This fundraiser provides a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi needs to provide free and low-cost dispute prevention and resolution services in East Hawai‘i.

“Our vision is a peaceful community where people routinely seek common ground.  Our mission is to empower people to come together—to talk and to listen, to explore options, and to find their own best solutions,” said Ku‘ikahi President Doug Adams. “Your presence at our dinner helps make this vision and mission possible.”

Tickets are $90 per person (of which $45 is tax deductible) and are available from Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2; Day-Lum Rentals at 2 Kamehameha Ave.; and The Most Irresistible Shop at 256 Kamehameha Ave.


For ticket reservations, reserved tables, and sponsorships, use the BUY NOW button online. Or contact Erika at (808) 935-7844 x 1 or [email protected].


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