Dr. George Martin of Carden Academy of Maui was selected to receive the prestigious 2012 Palaka Award at a gala luncheon at the King Kamehameha Golf Club last month. The sold-out event sponsored by the A&B Foundation was emceed by Rotarian and Palaka Event Chair Leslie Mullens.
Dr. Martin was selected from a field of 12 outstanding nominees who exemplify the highest ideals of volunteer service to a nonprofit organization and Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."
"The community's support of this annual event is extraordinary and speaks to the incredible work done every day by Maui nonprofits," said Kahului Rotary President Robert Kawahara. "More than $21,000 was raised this year for scholarships thanks to the generous support of Maui businesses and individuals."
Carden Academy School Director Dr. Nina Sato and Board President Allan Battersby (right) presented the 2012 Mike Lyons Palaka Award to Dr. George Martin for his work at Carden Academy.
Dr. Martin's nomination cited his "above-and-beyond" selfless sacrifice over an eight-year period to bring Carden Academy from the brink of closure to a thriving K-8 independent school. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Martin led a Herculean effort, mustering a top-notch board and administrative leadership team that completely transformed the organization. His actions led to a new governance board, a more focused and successful staff, an improved curriculum and student experience, fiscal stability, and a permanent campus that allows for continued growth.
The Palaka Award honors Mike Lyons' legacy of commitment to community and is named for the signature palaka shirts he wore. Mike was the epitome of a Rotarian and a prominent, tireless community service leader, also serving as president of the Rotary Club of Kahului.
The annual event helps fund the club's Michael H. Lyons II Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to exceptional Maui youth.