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Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Ruby Sponsors

  • Rick and Patee Shinto & Family

Emerald Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • Yoshio C. Nakamura Family
  • Bill and Christy Seki & Dennis and Lorraine Kimura
  • In memory of Norman Sagawa - Nancy Sagawa, Garrett Sagawa, and Kelly Chuong

Gold Sponsors

  • Haruo Hayashi Family
  • Ken & June Shimabukuro

Silver Sponsors

  • In loving memory of Tets Asato - Dorothy and Becky Asato
  • Terry and Gayle Hara
  • Frank and Betty Hiji
  • JA Health Insurance Services
  • Nikki Kodama and Family
  • The Mitsuo Tanaka Family
  • Jaime Sugino
  • Scott and Susan Takahashi
  • Hiro Watanabe Family
  • Roy Yamaguchi

Bronze Sponsors

  • Craig Ishii
  • Derek & Polly Izumo
  • Kinecta Federal Credit Union
  • Jeff & Akiko Maloney
  • Mitchell Maki & Cayleen Nakamura
  • Richard and Masako Murakami
  • The Sakai/Suzuki Family
  • Seki, Nishimura & Watase, LLP
  • Kenneth and Candace Watase

Steel Sponsors (Community)


  • Brian and Kim Chin
  • Naomi Suenaka Derr and Doyle Derr
  • Suzanne and David Hadley
  • L. Stuart Hirai
  • Janet and Noriaki Ito
  • Little Tokyo Service Center
  • Chad, Melissa & Ryson Maekawa
  • Judi Masuda
  • Ralph & Amy Matsumoto
  • Don and Setsuko Miyada
  • Dan Nishikawa
  • In memory of Frank K. Nishimura - Joy Nishimura
  • Gilbert and Penny Nishimura
  • Michael & Margie Odanaka
  • James and Barbara Sato
  • In memory of James Morita, 442 RCT F Co. & Johnny Okazaki, MIS - Mike and Ann Shima
  • David and Irene Tanji
  • Justin and Staci Toji
  • Dr. Richard M. Watanabe


  • Leiton Hashimoto
  • Anthony and Jeanette Ishii
  • Karl and Nancy Kim
  • Chip & Lisa Mamiya
  • Steve and Ann Baba Newman
  • Raymond and Sharon Shibata
  • In memory of Leighton Goro Sumida,100th Infantry Battalion - Michael & Michelle Shiroma
  • In memory of Kiyoshi Yoshii – 442 RCT, Co. K - Greg & Aili Yoshii

Schedule of Events

3:45 P.M. PST - Pre-show featuring “Thank A Veteran” Digital Tributes
4:00 to 5:00 P.M. PST - Program hosted by David Ono, ABC7 News Anchor with Special Guest Hosts - Craig Ishii, Sierra Katow & Lindsey Sugimoto

Live on Facebook, YouTube and



Dr. Mitchell Maki, GFBNEC President & CEO
David Ono, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor & Filmmaker

Guest Hosts:

Craig Ishii, GFBNEC Board of Director
Lindsey Sugimoto, Torchbearer
Sierra Katow, Host, Living the Nisei Dream

Mark your calendars for this year's milestone Evening of Aloha which will once again be presented virtually. This 20th anniversary celebration will continue to feature new perspectives and new voices from across our diversifying community and audience while honoring the tremendous accomplishments and legacy of the Japanese American veterans of WWII.

As the primary fundraising event of the year, EOA relies on the support from individuals, families and corporations to help provide the critical funds needed for GFBNEC’s enhanced educational programming and outreach. Building on the tens of thousands viewers from the 2020 and 2021 Monument Anniversary and the 2020 EOA, this year’s hallmark celebration again promises to draw a wide audience from across the nation and internationally. The program will also feature regional highlights from Los Angeles, Maui, O’ahu and Denver including a special hula “In Memoriam” performance.

Fund the Future

Please consider an additional gift and invest in GFBNEC’s long term commitment of empowering others to create their own stories of courage as inspired by the Japanese American soldiers of WWII. Your contribution provides vital funds to support our exciting new educational initiatives, including our expanded national outreach, enhanced online and social media presence and dynamic online programming to engage younger and more diverse audiences.

Fund the Future

2021 GFBNEC High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest Winners

In conjunction with Evening of Aloha, GFBNEC recognizes and congratulates the winners of the 8th annual High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest! Thank you to the following sponsors for their continued generous support: Pacific Global Investment Management Company in memory of Manabi Hirasaki (WWII veteran) and Sig Kagawa, Ken and June Shimabukuro and anonymous in memory of WWII Veteran Masao “Mas” Takahashi. Read the winning entries below.

Student Contest Winners

2021 Lawson Iichiro Sakai Memorial Scholarship Recipients

A dedicated member of the GFBNEC family, Lawson’s commitment to community serves as a driving force of this scholarship. GFBNEC is honored to administer the inaugural scholarship on behalf of the generous family and friends of Lawson Sakai.

Lawson Sakai Scholarship Recipients

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