Ho‘omaluhia Drug Policy Award
Each year at its Annual Meeting the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i (DPFH) presents its Ho‘omaluhia Award. The Ho‘omaluhia or "Peacemaker" Award has been awarded since 2001 to an individual or organization for achievement in the development and advancement of rational and humane drug policies. It can be given for achievement in any of the following areas: journalism, law, scholarship, citizen action, control and enforcement, medicine and treatment or education.
The purpose of the award is to bring attention and recognition to the awardee's work, to encourage continuation of these efforts, and to bring attention to the accomplishments of these persons or organizations thereby encouraging others.
The award was initiated by Professor Emeritus Leslie Wilbur, University of Southern California, who now lives in Honolulu and who underwrites the $1,000 award each year. The recipient is chosen by the Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Forum, with input from Prof. Wilbur, from nominees put forward by its members and supporters each year.
Past recipients of the Ho‘omaluhia Award have been:
Rev. Dennis Shields and Rev. Roger Christie, long time Big Island cannabis activists
Dr. William Wenner, Big Island physician active in lobbying for Hawai‘i medical marijuana law and in certification of patients for registration with the state
Donald M. Topping, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Hawai‘i Manoa, former Director of the Social Science Research Institute, and Co-Founder of DPFH.
Tracy Ryan, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Hawai‘i
Lerisa Heroldt, EJ Heroldt and Andy Bumatai for their leadership with other parents trying to prevent The Mid Pacific Institute from initiating drug testing of its students.
Tricia Wright, MD FACOG, Assistant Professor, UH School of Medicine, founder of Hawai‘i's first perinatal clinic for women with substance use.
The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii
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