Aloha & Talofa,

From my "small kid days" in Kalihi to my time serving in Washington, D.C., and of course during my years as the 12th Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu, I have dedicated my career to helping others.

My parents raised me to follow the admonition of the Good Book, "to whom much is given, much is required." They taught their children that we should always look to express our appreciation for the many blessings in our lives by serving our community.

That's why I'm so pleased again to announce the opening of applications for the Gustav Hannemann and Faiaso Soliai Hannemann Leadership Awards and the Mufi Hannemann Scholar-Athlete Awards. This is the 27th year that we will be honoring the youth of Hawaiʻi and we are very pleased that many of our past recipients have gone on to distinguish themselves in a variety of professional fields and have also made notable contributions to the betterment of our island home.

Our selection committee looks forward to reviewing the applications and getting to know our stellar high school leaders.