Light of the Orient Award

The Light of the Orient Award is presented on January 13th to an individual or individuals who have excelled in contributing to the life and culture of the Korean community in Hawaii.  Through this award, people who have enriched our community through public service are recognized.  They serve as model for others in fulfilling the mission of the Korean American Foundation Hawaii.

 
O Korea,
You were a shining light in Asia
In the Golden Era of the Orient
Torch it once more,
Then,
Thou will be a light of the Orient
Once More
— Rabindranath Tagore
Nobel Laureate

2019 AWARDEES

Grace T. Ogawa
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Sung Man Park
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2018 AWARDEES

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Barbara Kim Stanton
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2017 AWARDEE

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Hyon Cha & Garrick Koga
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2016

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Donald C.W. Kim
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2015

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Donna Mercado Kim
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2014

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Mary Jo Freshley
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2014

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Jong Chan Lee
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2013 COMMEMORATIVE RECOGNITION

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Esther Kwon Arinaga
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Margret Chung
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Nam Young Chung
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Dewey H. Kim
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Sung Kun (Joe) Kim
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Henry & Rose Lee
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Francis C. Pak
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2012 AWARDEES

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Ignace “Iggy” Jang
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So Suk Song Ko
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Dr. Semo Suh
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2008 AWARDEES

Kwan Jay Cho, Patricia Hamamoto, Mufi Hannemann, Kathryn Whang Inouye, Ronald T.Y. Moon


2006 AWARDEES

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Dewey H. Kim, Sr
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Earl Woosung Lee
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Sook Ki Moon
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Mary Hong Park
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Jackie Young, PhD
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2005 AWARDEES

Agnes Rho Chun, Harry Kim, Ann Kobayashi, Tongjin Samuel Lee, Frank Min, Duk Hee Murabayashi, Evelyn Choi Shon