Billy Richards Speaks on “Rekindling Trust” at The Interfaith Alliance Hawaiʻi Annual Awards Celebration, November 12, 2017

October 13, 2017
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Billy Richards Speaks on “Rekindling Trust” at The Interfaith Alliance Hawaiʻi Annual Awards Celebration, November 12, 2017

“In God We Trust” “Trust me!” Often heard, often glibly spoken. From society’s institutions to personal relationships, accounts of the loss of or lack of trust headline the daily news. Do we even know what trust means?

The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘I (TIAH) explores the values and actions that underlie how, as individuals and society, we define trust through stories that witness the effects of trust on personal, cultural, faith, and community relationships at its 15th Annual Awards Celebration on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

TIAH is honored and excited that Billy Richards (affectionately know as “Uncle Billy”) will be the keynote speaker. He will speak to the impact of trust in his life ventures, including the Hokule‘a voyaging experience. He joined the voyaging community in 1975, serving on several legs of voyages throughout the Pacific. Mr. Richards, well known for over two decades in aquaculture management with the Oceanic Institute, has been more recently known for his contributions to the Native Hawaiian Community through his social and educational work with the Partners in Development Foundation.

TIAH will also honor community organizations for leadership consistent with TIAH’s mission to provide a healing role in Hawai‘i with people of faith, encouraging nonviolent civic participation, facilitating community activism, and challenging religious and political extremism. The groups include The Pūʻā  Foundation, The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA), and Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights (HCCR). The Flame of Hope Award will honor Dr. Pat Masters. Special recognition to Rose Nakamura.

The celebration dinner will be held 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawai‘i Betsuin Social Hall, 1727 Pali Highway. Tickets are $20.00. Reservations are required and may be made until November 9, 2017. Seating is limited.

Online reservations and payment at Or, call 808-599-8628. Leave your name, contact email or telephone, the number and names of guests in your party. Payment by check or cash at the event.