Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii – Corporate Social Responsibility
According to Warren Shon, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii (Southern), corporate sponsorship programs, community involvement and educational excellence remain vital to the company. “I am extremely proud of our participation in many worthy causes benefiting Hawaii and its people. All of us here at Southern work very hard and in many different ways to give back—and I thank everyone involved,” commented Shon.

I. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Now in its fourth year as a Diamond Sponsor, Southern continues to be a key supporter of the Fourth Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF). Scheduled to run from August 29 - September 7, 2014, the HFWF brings together more than 80 world-class chefs, Master Sommeliers, top-tier winemakers, food producers and innovators to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands to create an unparalleled food and wine experience.

Proceeds from the HFWF benefit seven organizations:

  • The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation – Their mission is to promote the long-term viability and increase awareness and appreciation of agriculture and farming in Hawaii through research, education, training, partnerships and public outreach.  For more information, visit:
  • The Culinary Institute of the Pacific – A collaborative initiative of six foodservice training programs within the University of Hawaii Community College system on the four major islands. Their vision is to establish an advanced culinary campus that will benefit students from Hawaii and the world who wish to hone their culinary skills and receive their third-year professional training certificate in restaurants and business management at the Diamond Head facility. For information, visit:
  • Leeward Community College Culinary Program – Prepare for a culinary career with a fusion of hands-on experiences and classroom instruction. Students develop the skills and confidence essential for a wide range of culinary careers. Students can enhance and broaden their education experience through externships at some of the state’s finest restaurants. At Leeward, students work side-by-side with chefs like Alan Wong, Russell Siu, Chai Chaowasaree, Roy Yamaguchi, and D.K. Kodama to name just a few. For information, visit:
  • Paepae o He’eia – Paepae o He'eia is a private non-profit organizationdedicated to caring for He'eia Fishpond – an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He'eia, Ko'olaupoko, O'ahu. Established by a group of young Hawaiians, Paepae o He'eia works in partnership with landowner, Kamehameha Schools, to manage and maintain He'eia Fishpond for the community. For information, visit:
  • Papahana Kuaola – The mission of Papahana Kuaola is to create quality educational programs focused on Hawaii’s cultural and natural history, environmental restoration and economic sustainability that are fully integrated with Hawaiian knowledge. For information, visit:
  • Maui Culinary Academy  The Maui Culinary Academy is an American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation “Exemplary” and fully accredited program offering a wide variety of hands on instruction in classes that prepare and enhance culinary student’s career skills and employment capabilities in Maui’s thriving culinary industry. To learn more, visit:
  •  Maui County Farm Bureau – Maui County Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization of farms and ranch families, agricultural industries, and associated organizations dedicated to supporting agriculture in Maui County. Maui County Farm Bureau is a general agricultural advocacy organization representing our commercial farmers and ranchers of all types to ensure their viability and long-term sustainability. Maui County Farm Bureau is affiliated with both the statewide Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau. Please visit:

For more information on the Hawaii Wine & Food Festival, please visit:

II. Hawaii Food Bank
Southern partners with many private and civic groups across the state to support the annual Hawaii Food Bank. “This annual non-perishable food drive, which benefits the homeless and needy of Hawaii, is just on