Since 1977, NHCC has awarded the ʻŌʻō Award to Native Hawaiians that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the Native Hawaiian community. Since it was first awarded, the ʻŌʻō Award has become one of the most prestigious and coveted awards specifically for Native Hawaiians, and has become a symbol of inspiration for young Native Hawaiians. The `Ō`ō itself is made from precious hardwoods firmly rooted in the `āina. Today, the tool is used as NHCC’s symbol representing each award recipient’s keen sense of firmly rooted values, business acumen, skill, and dedication to service – key ingredients for sustaining success in modern Hawai‘i, while maintaining ancient traditions and values.
Historically, the ʻŌʻō Award has been presented to award recipients during an in-person gala which includes an elegant dinner and program designed specifically to highlight the achievements and service of our Award Recipients. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 ʻŌʻō Awards Gala was held virtually in December 2020 and will once again be held virtually in 2021. We look forward to resuming the ʻŌʻō Awards Gala as an in-person event in 2022.