The Tiny Malaikini Mea Kokua Award, the Hana community's recognition for public service, was awarded to Sheila Roback on Saturday.
Roback was chosen because of her many years of service to Hana's kupuna; first as co-director and now as director of Hale Hulu Mamo.
She actively supports the Hana Community Endowment Fund and Movie-in-the-Park programs. In addition, she is a public speaker and mistress of ceremonies for events like the annual Aloha Week festivities.
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Roback is active in the Catholic Church and arranges novenas and gives eulogies. She is a member of the Ka'ahumanu Society and is also a creative writer.
Established in 1992, the Malaikini award is given annually for the person who has given most selflessly for the betterment of the Hana community, according to an announcement. Simultaneously, it honors the memory of Paniani "Tiny" Malaikini.
The award winner was announced by Fawn Helekahi-Burns. Malaikini's wife, Lynette; his daughter, Maydoria; his sons, Paniani and Joe Sol; Paniani's wife, Iris; and Malaikini's grandsons, Sage and Micah, made the presentation.
The award consists of a koa framed certificate and the placement of the winner's name on a perpetual trophy that hangs below a painting of Malaikini in the Hana Cultural Center.
The certificate reads: "For her outstanding support in enriching the lives of kupuna and the traditions of Hana, the people of Hana gratefully acknowledge and honor Sheila Roback as the recipient of the Tiny Malaikini Mea Kokua Award."