Honolulu – Pono Shim

2019 Director’s Community Leadership Award Recipient

FBI Honolulu 2019 Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient Pono Shim.

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FBI Honolulu honors Pono Shim. Mr. Shim organized small groups led by community leaders to teach Hawaiian youth that the greeting “aloha” is a commitment to accepting others and extending themselves to their community with dignity. He also teaches that “Ohana” means to unleash grace collectively. Youth learn that implementing “aloha” and “ohana” into their lives can lead them to success while making a positive impact on their community. Many schools have implemented their own programs based on Mr. Shim’s model.

FBI Director Recognizes Distinguished Community Leaders


Director Christopher Wray recognized the recipients of the 2019 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

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