Artists for Appleseed 2015

Please join us in supporting social and economic justice by attending the Hawaii Appleseed annual fundraiser, Artists for Appleseed, on Thursday, September 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the Pacific Club. Enjoy a wonderful evening of dinner, music, and the works of local artists, which will be displayed and offered for sale.

Admission can be purchased for $150 per person using any of the following methods:
  • Online using a credit card or Paypal

  • By sending a check to Hawaii Appleseed, 119 Merchant St., Ste. 605A, Honolulu, HI 96813.

  • By calling (808) 587-7605 and paying with a credit card over the phone.

Event Details

The Art of Artists for Appleseed
Special Honorees


Hawai‘i is deeply grateful for the support of our generous sponsors.

Platinum ($7,500)

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
Hawaii Gas

Gold ($5,000)

Carlsmith Ball
Edgeworth Economics
Watanabe Ing LLP
Yamamoto Caliboso

Silver ($3,500)

The Cades Foundation and Cades Schutte LLP
Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks
Kaiser Permanente
Randy Moore & Lynne Johnson

Bronze ($2,500)

First Hawaiian Bank
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner
Sherry Broder, Esq & Carol Mon Lee, Esq.

Thank you to Silvert & Saibene Wines, LLP for donating the wine for the evening.

The Art of Artists for Appleseed

Below are samples of just a few of the works that will be available at this year's Artists for Appleseed. Click HERE for a complete list of artists participating in Artists for Appleseed 2015.

Special Honorees

Patsy T. Mink Courageous Leadership Award - Scott Morishige

pic Scott Morishige

Hawai‘i Appleseed is honoring Scott Morishige, former executive director of PHOCUSED and the newly appointed State Coordinator on Homelessness, with the Patsy T. Mink Courageous Leadership Award. The award is intended to recognize someone who has demonstrated extraordinary courage and commitment in the fight against poverty. The award's namesake, Patsy Takemoto Mink, spent her life in public service fighting for equal opportunity and equal justice. After growing up in a plantation community on Maui, she followed her heart and spoke her mind regardless of the countless barriers placed upon her by tradition, powerful interests, and a national climate of oppressive discrimination.

Scott emulates these qualities. He has devoted his career to the fight against poverty. His diverse background in human services includes positions at Salvation Army, Alu Like, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Helping Hands Hawaii, and the Hawaii Community Foundation where as Senior Program Officer he was involved in the Community Stabilization Initiative. Scott became the Executive Director of PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii's Ohana Children Under Served Elderly & Disabled) in 2013, and under his management, the organization has become an effective advocate for low-income people's rights in the legislature, media, and elsewhere. In August 2015, Governor Ige appointed Scott to the position of State Coordinator on Homelessness, where he is spearheading efforts to tackle one of the toughest problems facing Hawaii.

Voices for the People Award - John Rhee & Claire Wong Black

The Voices for the People award recognizes advocates who have made profound differences in the lives of those whose voices are all to often ignored. This year, Hawaii Appleseed is recognizing John Rhee and Claire Wong Black for their work on cases that improved the lives of thousands of Hawaii residents.

pic John Rhee

John Rhee is Of Counsel with the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, where he has worked on a variety of cases including business disputes, employment litigation, and patent litigation. John has served as lead counsel on two Hawaii Appleseed cases over the past three years. In one, John helped obtain $300,000 in reimbursements for 250 low-income households who were overcharged on rent for nearly a decade. In the other, John’s work led to dramatic improvements in the conditions at the Mayor Wright Homes public housing project where, for years residents went without hot water, suffered from rat and roach infestations, and lived in fear of criminal activity by non-residents that plagued the property. Over $4.5 million in repairs and security upgrades were completed as a result of the case.

pic John Rhee

Claire Wong Black is an associate with the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, where her work focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex commercial disputes. She has invested hundreds of hours on Hawaii Appleseed cases over the past two years. Claire served as lead counsel on a case that ended with a settlement that ensures that thousands of Hawaii residents will have access to a driver’s license through the availability of translated driver’s exams. She is currently leading an effort to increase resources available for the care of children in foster care in a case challenging the failure to adjust payments to foster families to account for nearly 25 years of inflation.


pic Michael TanenbaumLive music will be provided by composer/guitarist Michael Tanenbaum. Michael is a multi-award winning original artist who plays acoustic guitar, of both original composition and old time favorites. Learn more about him and listen to his original music on his website.

Event Location

The Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma St.
Honolulu, HI

Purchase Admission

To purchase admission by mail, please send a check for $150 per admission made payable to “Hawaii Appleseed” at the following address:

Hawaii Appleseed
119 Merchant St., Suite 605A
Honolulu, HI 96813

To purchase admission online using a credit card or PayPal, click the “Pay Now” button.

To purchase admission by phone, please call us at (808) 587-7605.