How a Hawaiian Family Gives Back


The Kobayashi family knows that giving back is one of the most important things it can do for its communities.

You know them for their developments throughout Hawai‘i such as Kukio Golf and Beach Club and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, but the Kobayashi family of Kobayashi Group is just as well known for its active involvement in the nonprofit and foundation communities. While the family is not Hawaiian by ethnicity, they hold the Hawaiian community, history and culture in the highest regard and humbly note themselves as “third-, fourth- and fifth-generation kama‘āina family,” says Alana Kobayashi Pakkala, chief operating officer and partner at Kobayashi Group. “‘Kama‘āina’ is the Hawaiian word for ‘native born’ or ‘one born in a place,’” she explains. “In our case, that place is Hawai‘i.”

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By Lauren Finney Harden, Modern Luxury Hawaii, November 28, 2020

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