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The Community Heroes Award, a volunteer recognition program started in the ‘Aiea and Pearl City communities last year by the Office of Senator Bennette E. Misalucha (District 16 -Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ‘Aiea, Royal Summit, ‘Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Hālawa, and Pearl Harbor) and the non-profit Kanu Hawai‘i, announced its call for nominations and expansion to two additional house districts last month.

The application deadline has been extended to this Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. to allow for more nominations to be accepted across the three districts.

The 2022 Community Heroes Awards will honor and recognize residents who have exemplified outstanding leadership and volunteer service to their community. This year, the Office of Representative Lisa Kitagawa (House District 48) and Office of Representative Nadine Nakamura (House District 14) are sponsoring one winner from each of their districts.

A total of four awardees will be selected: two from Senate District 16 (one ‘Aiea resident and one Pearl City resident), one from House District 14 (Kaua‘i covering Hanalei, Princeville, Kīlauea, Anahola, Kapa‘a, and Wailua) and one from House District 48 (Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu‘u, and Waiāhole). Criteria for eligibility include having participated in an organization or activity for at least six months prior to January 1, 2022. The Selection Committee, under the guidance of Kanu Hawai‘i, will consider factors such as the effectiveness, scope, and amount of time dedicated to volunteer efforts.

Applications are available through each respective legislators’ offices and online at Completed forms must be submitted via email to by Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. The awardees will be recognized virtually during Volunteer Week on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Kanu Hawai‘i is a grassroots organization that seeks to provide tools and opportunities for people to connect with one another to take action that builds more compassionate and resilient communities across Hawai‘i.

For more information, contact the Office of Senator Bennette E. Misalucha at (808) 586-6230.

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