Hawaiian Islands Land Trust President Helen Nielsen was chosen as the 2011 Palaka Award winner. The award was presented by the Rotary Club of Kahului at a sold-out gala luncheon where Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz delivered the keynote address.
According to this Maui News article,
"the Rotary Club of Kahului presents the annual award to someone who epitomizes the community spirit of Lyons. Neilsen was selected from a field of 12 Maui nominees who exemplify the highest ideals of volunteer service to a nonprofit organization and Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” said club President Leslie Mullens.”