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Nonprofit execs awarded $10K for leadership

The top executives of PBS Hawaii, Hale Makua Health Services, Trust for Public Land and Hanahauoli School were each awarded $10,000 Monday for successfully leading their nonprofit organizations.

The Hookele award recipients, Tony Krieg, chief executive officer of Hale Makua Health Services; Lea Hong, Hawaiian Islands program director for The Trust for Public Land; Leslie Wilcox, president and CEO of PBS Hawaii; and Robert Peters, head of school at Hanahauoli School were recognized Monday at the 10th annual Hookele Awards for being outstanding leaders in the nonprofit sector.

This award is different from other recognition programs since it gives each recipient $10,000 to use for professional development and personal renewal.

The program was created in 2002 by the Hawaii Community Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and is based on research about Hawaii executive director tenure issues and burn-out. Its goal is to strengthen leadership in the nonprofit sector.

In the past decade, 42 nonprofit leaders have been awarded $10,000 each, for a combined total of $420,000.

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