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: http://www.hawaiiagfoundation.org/
  • 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: http://www.uhfoundation.org/giving-opportunities/culinary-training
  • 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: http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/culn
  • 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: http://paepaeoheeia.org
  • 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: http://papahanakuaola.com
  • 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: http://mauiculinary-campusdining.com
  •  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: http://www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org

For more information on the Hawaii Wine & Food Festival, please visit: http://www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/tickets

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 one example of the numerous ways the company gives back and always seeks to act as a responsible corporate member of the community,” noted Shon.

Southern’s participation involves senior executives of the company and many generous individual contributions of time and food by Hawaii division employees across the state.   “We are very proud of the role we play in the overall annual food drive and fundraising campaign,” added Shon.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/

III. Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific

In 2014, Southern continued its financial support of Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. The hospital rebuilds lives together with individuals, families and communities by providing exemplary patient care services for those with physical and cognitive disabilities in Hawaii and the Pacific utilizing a continuum of rehabilitation services that are advanced through education, technology and research.

For more information, please visit: http://www.rehabhospital.org

IV. Other Charitable Support

Southern and its Hawaii team members are proud to provide support to the following non-profit community groups and organizations in the state: Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Lupus Foundation, Big Brothers of Hawaii, Planned Parenthood, and the Bishop Museum among many others.