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I can’t even fathom the thought of being a 2018 FPF Community Spirit Awardee. I am both grateful and humbled at the same time.

A lot of me doesn’t feel that I deserve this and in fact, was hesitant to post this. But isn’t this what we have to push past? That it’s ok to be recognized for the work and time we have put in and NOT feel guilty for being honored? I’m learning and pushing through this, only because I don’t necessarily see that what I do is anything that shouldn’t be done in the first place. I’m learning….

I am thankful to be nominated and recognized for the dedication and sacrifices I have made. I am even more grateful for being acknowledged as an awardee. I am also humbled by peers who have recognized these attributes and work in me and found a space to uplift and empower me.

This is our goal, isn’t it? To truly embrace our kuleana in life and to recognize each other (vs. putting one another down and constantly judging) and uplift and build one another upwards.

Mahalo Brandon Jones, Kilia Purdy-Avelino, & John Hanchett for sharing your mana’o with First Peoples Fund and Mahalo to those who have inspired and influenced me in my life for all these years.

Read about the Awardees across the nation.

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