In the Hawaiian Language the term "mea kokua" means "helper" or "benefactor", key words which are incorporated into an annual award honoring the memory of one of Hana's most beloved sons, the late Viewed Paniani "Tiny" Malaikini. Presented annually to that person who has been judged as having given "most selflessly for the betterment of the Hana community", the coveted award includes a monetary acknowledgment, a koa framed plaque, and inclusion on a perpetual trophy which is permanently displayed in the Hana Cultural Center museum. Prior recipients of this award include Clyde "Jackie" Kahula Sr. and Parley Kanaka'ole.
The winner of this year's Tiny Malaikini Mea Kokua Award was Martha Poepoe Hohu, a highly regarded musical director who has been instrumental in the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian vocal traditions. For more than 25 years Mrs. Hohu has travelled to Hana each week from her home in Honolulu to lead Hana's choral group, "Na Leo O Hana", their community presentations bringing hours of pleasure to generations of residents and guests alike.