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Nae‘ole given historic preservation award

Clifford Nae‘ole received a Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation during its 47th annual Preservation Honor Awards on May 21. — Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Clifford Nae’ole, community advocate and Hawaiian cultural adviser for The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, was recognized with a Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation during its 47th annual Preservation Honor Awards on May 21.

The awards recognize and celebrate excellence in historic preservation in the Hawaiian Islands. Nae’ole’s individual award honors his achievements in advocacy, education, programming and preservation efforts.

As the resort’s cultural advisor, Nae’ole has educated and advised employees, guests and visitors for nearly 30 years, according to a news release. He is highly respected for his knowledge of Hawaiian culture, language and history and as an advocate for the preservation of burial sites and other sacred places.

“Clifford is an integral part of our mission to support Native Hawaiian culture and history,” said Andrew Rogers, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “We are delighted that he has received this prestigious honor and we are lucky to count him as our cultural adviser, friend and colleague.”

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