Awards Dinner

About The Dinner

The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation holds an annual fundraiser dinner called Kulia I Ka Nu’u (“strive to reach for the highest”) that honors distinguished Hawaii public school graduates and an outstanding business for significant contributions in its field and the greater community.

The Kulia I Ka Nu’u dinner is the Foundation’s primary fundraising activity. Funds realized help support the Foundation’s Good Idea Grants, Education Innovation Grants, Design Thinking Bootcamp, Altino Coding, Artificial Intelligence, Genome Science and other programs. Click below to see videos of past projects.

Past Project Videos

Upcoming Dinner

To purchase a table or simply send in a donation, click on the above RSVP card.  Payment can be made by either check or credit card by clicking here.  Seats can be filled by the purchaser or donated to the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation.

General Information

Sunday, June 12, 2022

5:00 pm

The Royal Hawaiian Resort, Monarch Room and Ocean Lawn

Aloha Attire


Questions?  Email


Mike Irish (Kalani High)
CEO – Diamond Head Seafood, Halms Enterprise, Keoki’s Lau Lau

Saedene Ota
(Baldwin High)
Owner & Creative Director – Sae Design Group

Alaska Airlines
– Corporate Honoree

Available reserved table(s) of eight:

Diamond Sponsor – $15,000

Gold Sponsor
– $10,000

Silver Sponsor
– $7,500

Bronze Sponsor
– $5,000

We understand there are ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus. We are disappointed that we had to postpone our Annual Fundraiser Dinner in 2021 and have been discussing options for a reimagined event for our upcoming banquet. Our foremost concern is always the health and safety of our honorees, sponsors, partners, and all attendees. After much consideration, we are pleased to announce that our banquet will be held Sunday, June 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. at The Royal Hawaiian Resort, Monarch Room and Ocean Lawn.

Please visit this website for updates as we finalize plans. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.