SAVE THE DATE: 17th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner Sept. 8, 2018

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Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Ruby Sponsors

  • Sugimoto Family Foundation

Emerald Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • Doizaki Family
  • Dennis & Lorraine Kimura & Bill & Christy Seki
  • Terasaki Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors

  • EGK Foundation
  • Seki, Nishimura & Watase, LLP
  • Don Seki Family

Silver Sponsors

  • Ken Akune Family
  • Asato Family
  • James and Yuri Ogawa Family Foundation
  • Mas Takahashi Family
  • Tokuji Yoshihashi

Bronze Sponsors

  • Buchalter Nemer PC
  • Terry & Gayle Hara
  • Alan Hayashi
  • Ichikawa/Ozawa Families
  • Derek and Polly Izumo
  • Kubota Nikkei Mortuary
  • Mitchell Maki and Cayleen Nakamura
  • Hon. Jeffrey & Akiko Maloney & Family

Steel Sponsors (Community)

  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Underwriting Sponsorships

    • Ken and Candace Watase (Color Guard)
    • Classics Florist/Rosa Solis (Centerpiece)
    • Southen California Flower Market (Centerpiece)

Evening of Aloha

Wish to be a Sponsor?

Please contact Christina Tatsugawa or call 310-328-0907.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
California Ballroom
404 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Call 310-328-0907 or email

Thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors, veterans and their families for a successful Evening of Aloha!


Our Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner is a special evening held in the autumn when our community gathers to honor the legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II.

Veterans, families, corporate leaders, benefactors and students support this signature fundraising event that has featured thundering Taiko drums, graceful Hawaiian hula, exhilarating fire dances and heartwarming solos.

All proceeds from the Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner benefit GFBNEC operations and programs, including our National Digital Archives of Japanese American Military Service, Hanashi Oral History Program and educational initiatives.

Contact us to find out how you can be a part of this annual event.

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Schedule of Events

5pm - Reception and Silent Auction
6:30pm - Live Auction, Fine Dining, Program

Event Info

Master of Ceremonies:

David Ono, ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Entertainment by:

Lauren Kinkade, Musical Director

  • U.S. Senator Spark Masayuki Matsunaga (posthumously)
  • With recognition to Bruce Kato and James G. Wellbaum

Celebrity Chefs:
  • Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Founder and Owner, Roy's Restaurants Worldwide
  • Chef Akira Hirose, Owner of Maison Akira
  • Chef Jeremy Choo, King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant
From Left to Right: Roy Yamaguchi, Akira Hirose, and Jeremy Choo

Dinner Co-Chairs:
  • Terry Hara, LAPD Deputy Chief, Retired
  • Akiko Maloney
  • Nancy Okubo, Vice President & Segment Manager, MUFG Union Bank
Terry Hara
Akiko Maloney
Nancy Okubo

Auction Co-Chairs:
  • Mari Kuwabara
  • Jerry Koyanagi
Mari Kuwabara
Jerry Koyanagi

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