The Kenneth Brown Malama Hawai‘i Award will recognize individuals and/or entities who have worked collaboratively to integrate the petals of the Malama Pua (land & sea [aina], health, education, justice, economy). The Malama Hawai‘i Award will bring partners together annually to celebrate the strength of our community, honor individuals or groups that enrich our lives and our children’s future, and inspires us to action. We will convene and be inspired as a community annually on the spring equinox.

The Kenneth Brown Malama Hawaii Award is a program that we hope will instill the value of Malama in future generations by celebrating a remarkable partnership or collaboration annually that embodies the power and purpose of Malama, through the example of Kenneth Brown’s life and work, and ethical philosophies.

Kenneth Francis and Joan Brown, Inaugural Recipients 2012

Born in Honolulu, Kenny Brown, a successful businessman, public servant, architect and visionary, is the great grandson of ali‘i and historian John Papa Ii, principal advisor to King Kamehameha IV. For many decades Kenny is a visionary committed to leading community for the good of all Hawai‘i. Joan is the inspiration, and support for Kenny’s work and life, an together they are a formidable team who have defined the value of malama of their family, friends and community.

Kenny, with Pinky Thompson, were two of the guiding kupuna in the establishment of Malama Hawai‘i, a coalition of organizations committed to the vision that Hawai‘i, our special island home, is a place where the people, land and sea are cared for, and communities are healthy and safe.

Kenneth Francis and Joan Brown carry on a legacy of commitment to community. In the spirit of true collaboration, the relationship between the two of them is one of mutual respect and admiration, supporting one another through years of marriage. Born in Honolulu, Kenny Brown, a successful businessman, public servant, architect and visionary, is the great grandson of ali‘i and historian John Papa Ii, principal advisor to King Kamehameha IV. For many decades Kenny is a visionary committed to leading community for the good of all Hawai‘i. Joan is the inspiration, and support for Kenny’s work and life, an together they are a formidable team who have defined the value of ma-lama of their family, friends and community.

Kenny, with Pinky Thompson, were two of the guiding kupuna in the establishment of Ma-lama Hawai‘i, a coalition of organizations committed to the vision that Hawai‘i, our special island home, is a place where the people, land and sea are cared for, and communities are healthy and safe.

“All of man’s acts in Hawai‘i must be dominated by the spirit of Malama. The Pukui/Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary defines ‘Malama’ thus: ‘To take care of, care for, preserve; to keep or observe, as a taboo; to conduct, as a service; to serve, honor, as God; care, preservation, support; fidelity, loyalty; custodian, caretaker.’

“Because he knows so many ways to destroy his natural environment, Man must now become its custodian and caretaker for his own sake. He must exercise ma-lama, because if he starts selling parts of his natural environment abroad for creature comforts, he will lose it all and be unable to survive here. If he uses up his landscapes, mountains, valley and vistas, or if he degrades his air and waters, he will destroy the beauty and hence the spirit of Hawai‘i, and in so doing, his own spirit.

“Malama is thus an imperative. It is applicable to our entire lives in Hawai‘i. It is applicable to all our transactions with each other, to all of our transactions with the overseas world, and to all of the transactions between society and nature. Each of these transactions must meet the test of malama at all times, without exception.” --Remarks (July 25, 1973) by then Senator Kenneth F. Brown, planning for Hawai‘i’s Future