Donna Apisa is receiving the YWCA Perpetual Award; this award specifically honors those women who have helped shape the YWCA into what it is today. Donna has served as a Board Member and at one time was President of the Board. During her tenure she was instrumental in the purchase of the Women’s Center building, she is not afraid of hard work; she has always supported the work of the YWCA by rolling up her sleeves and helping, and by being very generous with resources. Donna is an accomplished business owner; she is involved with the Chamber of Commerce, the Kauai Board of Realtors, and has volunteered at other non-profits such as Malama Pono.
Carol Ann Davis is a renowned local artist who has been and is currently involved with various community service projects ranging from the Kauai Society of Artist to the American Cancer Society. She has served on various County commissions and is currently involved with the Koloa Community Association. She has also volunteered at the Kauai Humane Society and helped start the first women’s violence shelter on Kauai. As a cancer survivor she is dedicated to helping others as they face the challenges associated with cancer.
Laola Lake-Aia was the Hawaii State Surfing Champion in 1976 &1986 and won the United States Surfing Championship in 1976. She is an avid paddler and coach for canoe clubs; she takes pride in her Hawaiian culture as a coach she insures that every paddler knows the history of the sport along with the names of the beaches and parts of the canoe. Laola has been at the forefront for establishing water safety procedures and guidelines for paddlers and gives safety clinics island wide. She has worked with the Fire Chief to obtain better water safety equipment and overall training. She is also very active in her church.
Toni Torres is an inspirational public healthcare leader who has served Kauai for over 3 decades. As the nursing director at the Department of Health, she has been instrumental in bringing Tropic Care program to Kauai. This successful program provides free medical care for the community. She was one of the founding leaders of Waimea High Project Graduation and has mentored many Kauai Community College nursing students. She is positive, energetic, and never afraid of a challenge.