"Invest Aloha" Monetary Award
"Invest Aloha" monetary awards are given annually to deserving Washington Middle School students through the Suzanne Nakano Giving fund. Thus far, awards have been given to the following students: An Riccardo Tran, Gyuyun Kim (2 times), Kwanjoon Park, Ki Hwan Kim, Ryan Nosaka, Kacy Kuniyoshi, Aulani Eschlebach, Michael Wu, Hanseong Kim, Kaiyuan Zheng, Maximilian Sato, Yuto Matsuba, Xander Velardo (2 times), Hien Duong, Skye Miyauchi (2 times), Samara Cohen, Aristotle Bautista, Jamison Ishimaru, Ryder Shintaku, Sergei Winchester, Jin Kanesaka, Haruki Gunji, Felicity Zhou, Haoshen Zheng, Khai Tran.
Example of Material Donation
I wish to send you and your company my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your generous donation of student desks.
My students will be thrilled to have their own desks because we discussed that the current trapezoid tables aren't the most ideal study space. Each student having his or her own desk with a book storage area will increase our classroom space efficiency and students’ creative learning opportunities.
Your willingness to think of others and freely donate makes you a truly spectacular person. The world needs more folks like you. I cannot thank you enough for your gift that will be appreciated for many years. Your donation will not be forgotten. Mahalo nui loa for everything you do for Hawai’i’s keiki.
With my deepest gratitude & warmest aloha,
Kaʻala Elementary “Teacher of Promise Award" recipient
46th Ikenobo Headmaster
What is "Invest Aloha"?
"Invest Aloha" is caring for and giving to others. It includes the intrinsic value of returns and results that cannot be enumerated. Suzanne Nakano Realty, Inc.’s motto is, “Invest aloha in others.” As part of fulfilling this motto, Suzanne Nakano Realty, Inc., along with the Sheridan Citizens Patrol, Honolulu Police Department, Makiki Christian Church, and Operation Weed & Seed, have been hosting an annual neighborhood dinner for the past ten years. The Patrol walks the neighborhood twice per week to help keep the community a safe place for families to thrive.
Since its establishment in 2007, the Suzanne Nakano Giving Fund has donated over $175,000 to support twenty-seven local charities. The fund continues to give annually to some of the charities.
Suzanne actively volunteers for other community service organizations: National Christian Foundation Hawaii, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii,Hawaiian Humane Society, New Hope Christian Fellowship Contemporary Dance Team, and theIkenobo Ikebana Society of Hawaii.
Suzanne is a licensed Ikenobo Japanese flower arranging instructor with the Hawaii Kai Ikenobo Group. She enjoys leading a team of "singing and praying angels" who encourage people at homes and hospitals, and writing inspiring non-fiction stories. She is also a caregiver to her family.