Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2014) — U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on Friday congratulated Kaneohe resident Herb Lee, Jr., Executive Director of the Pacific American Foundation, for being awarded the Cesar E. Chavez “Champion of Change” award at the White House. The ceremony was for 10 community leaders from around the country were honored for their commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities.
“Herb Lee, Jr. is deeply deserving of the Cesar E. Chavez ‘Champion of Change’ award for his tireless work to improve our island communities,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Herb has led several highly successful youth leadership, environmental education, culture-based curriculum, and career development programs. Through his work, Herb has touched the lives of more than 3,500 teachers and benefited more than 70,000 of our keiki. It is my privilege to congratulate Herb on this incredible honor, and encourage others to follow his example of servant leadership.”
Earlier this month, Moloka‘i’s Jon Brito, another Hawai‘i leader, was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for his work to preserve Hawai‘i’s precious island environment and Native Hawaiian cultural practices.