State of Hawai`i Order of Distinction for Cultural Leadership

The State of Hawai‘i Order of Distinction for Cultural Leadership, which was the predecessor to the Governor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Culture, the Arts and Humanities, was a very prestigious honor that was only given on rare occasions to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in cultural leadership. The past recipients of the State of Hawai‘i Order of Distinction for Cultural Leadership are listed below.

1969-1970   `Iolani Luahine & Lokalia Montgomery
1973-1974   Mary Kawena Pukui
1976   Jean Charlot
1977   Juliette May Fraser
1978   J. Russell Cades
1979   Edith Kanaka‘ole