Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center’s Seventh Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction was a “rousing success,” according to Executive Director Julie Mitchell. The November 11 benefit raised much-needed funds for the non-profit human services agency.
Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center’s mission is to provide a safe environment, an impartial process, and skilled, trained personnel for the delivery of affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.
“On behalf of our community mediation center, I want to give a big ‘Mahalo’ to everyone who made this fundraiser possible, from our auction donors to the various folks who donated their time and money to contribute to its success,” said Mitchell. “Thanks are also in order to the Hawai’i County Bar Association and the approximately 150 ticket buyers and attendees. What a great crowd!”
At the event, Judge Greg K. Nakamura and Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi were honored with ‘Peacemaker Awards’ for their support of alternate dispute resolution. Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. was recognized by the Hawai‘i County Bar Association for 40 years of service.
Newton Chu, Esq. did a bang-up job of emceeing the event and conducting the live auction. Floral Resources, Geraldine Hasegawa, and Sandra Song provided beautiful flowers that decorated the tables and were used as door prizes. Unzan T.H. Pfennig donated his solo guitar music; Hawai’i Printing Corporation donated ticket printing; and Cunningham Gallery donated artwork clean-up for the auction.
Businesses that contributed auction items include AcupunctureWorks, Alawaena Orchids, Aloha Crater Lodge & Lava Tube, Big Island Candies, Body Glove Cruises, Boy & Debra’s Place, Café 100, Captain Zodiac Raft Adventures, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Cynthia Rubinstein Real Estate, Inc., Discount Fabric Warehouse, Dolphin Quest Hawai‘i, Fair Wind Cruises, Frances H. I‘i Brown Golf Courses, Hana Hou Restaurant, Hawaii National Bank, Hilo Coffee Mill, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hualalai Resort, Huggo’s, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Island Naturals, Jack’s Diving Locker, Kailua Bay Charter Co., Kenneth Paul Hair Design, Kilauea Kreations & Volcano’s Lava Rock Café, Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant, Kona Brewing Co., KTA Super Stores, Kui & I Florist, & Lava Lava Beach Club, Local Hawai‘i Real Estate, Lyman Museum, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Ocean Sports, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Papa‘a Palaoa Bakery, Sig Zane Designs, Teshima Restaurant, 2400 Fahrenheit, Volcano Rainforest Retreat, and Yoga Centered.
In addition to mediation services, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center also facilitates meetings for boards, associations, and other types of groups, plus offers trainings, workshops, and educational programs. Their office is located in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2. For more information, call 935-7844 or visit www.hawaiimediation.org.