Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades2018-11-27T14:55:22-10:00

Awards & Accolades

INPEACE has won many prestigious awards including outstanding service to Native Hawaiian children and their families.

INPEACE started with one employee and $450. Through innovation, dedication, and hard work, we proudly serve families and children all along the Wai‘anae Coast, Kapolei, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island. Through teamwork and continuous self-evaluation, we have achieved great things. Our greatest accomplishments, by far, are the families we help – watching our participants grow, become confident, and give back to their communities. We are lucky that these community achievements have been recognized with several awards and accolades.

We work diligently to provide the best programs and services to the communities that need it the most and we are proud and humbled to have been awarded the following:


  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) Blue Ribbon Certification
  • Pacific Business News Best Places to Work, 2nd Place in Medium Sized Business category


  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) Blue Ribbon Certification
  • Certificate from the House of Representatives in celebration of the 3rd Annual Wai‘anae Financial Fitness Fair by Representative Cedric Asuega Gates


  • INPEACE was named Finalist / 1st Runner up in the Best Places to Work PBN competition
  • Jump$tart Coalition Financial Education Champion Award for Saydee Pojas, Ho‘oulu Waiwai Program Manager
  • Former INPEACE CEO Dr. Kanoe Nāone was selected as a PBN Finalist for American Savings Bank Business Leader of the Year


  • Proclamation from Mayor Kirk Caldwell naming April 17, 2015, Wai‘anae Financial Fitness Fair Day
  • Certificate Honoring and Congratulating INPEACE on the occasion of its Inaugural Financial Fitness Fair from Councilwoman Kymberly Pine
  • 10 year WINHEC Accreditation for Keiki Steps
  • Certificate of Achievement in recognition of the outstanding and long-standing contribution to early childhood education, workforce development and language and culture on the Wai‘anae Coast from the Honolulu City Council, commending the expansion of our program offerings to on-going financial education workshops and the hosting of the Inaugural Financial Fitness Fair.
  • Former INPEACE CEO Dr. Kanoe Nāone was one of the top 3 finalists for the Pacific Business News Hawai‘i Business Leaders of the Year


  • “Interview of the Month” for PARENTS, INC. magazine, (May 2014), for which Dr. Kanoe Nāone, INPEACE’s former chief executive officer, was selected and featured
  • Native Hawaiian Education Council Grantee Recognition Award (January 2014) for outstanding service to Native Hawaiian children and their families


  • Pacific Business News’ Cades Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Award, through which INPEACE was honored for using data to inform decisions and create positive impacts at every level
  • Pacific Business News’ 2013 Businesswoman of the Year, for which former CEO Dr. Kanoe Nāone was selected as a finalist
  • Pacific Business News’ 2013 Women to Watch, a category for which former CEO Dr. Kanoe Nāone was named, along with nine other finalists
  • Hawaiʻi’s Outstanding Children and Youth Advocate Award Finalist , Lisa Pakele, program director for INPEACE’s Keiki Steps, for her outstanding leadership of Native Hawaiian families through the 2013 legislative process, including a youth rally, reminding legislators to make Hawaiʻi’s keiki a top priority
  • Bank of Hawai‘i Native Hawaiian Nonprofit Award , for INPEACE’s deep commitment and exceptional contributions to Native Hawaiian communities


  • Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, Top Nonprofit in Hawaiʻi 2012
  • Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s Best Places to Work in Hawaiʻi in 2012 , based on employee surveys. More than 75 percent of INPEACE employees completed the survey and reported satisfaction with their employers. Employee satisfaction had increased by 7 percent since the last time INPEACE had participated
  • Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s Best Places to Work in Hawaiʻi