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Coach Aika Makaula Asks for Your Support of NHS Wrestling

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Wai`anae HS Grad Voted One of Hawaii’s Top 20 Leaders

Charles Hew-Len

Wai`anae High School Graduate Voted One of Hawaii’s Top 20 Leaders
By Desiree Hikuroa

Hawaii Business Magazine recently voted Waianae High School graduate, Charles
Hew-Len, as one of Hawaii’s top 20 leaders to look out for over the next 20 years.

Life wasn’t always easy for Charles. He was raised in Ulu Wehi, a housing project
in Waianae, and endured years of physical abuse as a child. In 2001, Charles was
arrested for drug conspiracy and served a six-year term in federal prison.

“It was an eye-opening experience for me,” said Charles. “Six years was a long time
to reflect on life, rediscover myself, and make the necessary adjustments to create
the life I knew I wanted,” he added.

While in prison, Charles attended college, read countless business and personal
development books, and was spiritually mentored. Just a few credits shy of a
bachelor’s degree, Charles also learned to play the guitar and piano and studied the
stock market and real estate.

Charles was released from prison in 2007 and found himself penniless. Taking wide
strides and leaving big footprints, he was able to accomplish success in just three

Today, Charles is the owner of two profitable and growing businesses: HL Legacy,
LLC and Big Papa’s Restaurant. With a loan from a family friend, he acquired his
first business (a failing pizza restaurant) in 2008. Within its first year, Charles
increased revenues by 300% and by 222% the second year. By 2009, he had
established such a successful business that the city granted him $25,000 to open
a second location. Today, the restaurants bring in over $50,000 in gross sales per
month and profits continue to increase monthly.

Charles is also the managing partner of a community-based company: HL Legacy,
LLC. The company developed its Fresh Start Housing Program in January 2010,
to assist distressed homeowners out of foreclosure. The acquired property then
provides quality housing to low-income families transitioning into new homes. The
program subsidizes rental deposits or can offer cash back incentives to low-income
tenants for maintaining rental units.

To say the least, Charles is always looking for ways to give back to his community.
He recently served as the District Chairman for the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of
America and is in the process of planning to revitalize the common area at the
Women’s Community Correctional Center. He is a motivational speaker and a
mentor for personal development, empowering people to see their full potential.

It is without doubt that Charles has, and will continue to have a growing reputation
and impact within Hawaii and is destined to grow much greater within the next few
decades. His renewed “pursuit of happiness,” personal commitments to himself, his
family, and his community, drives him to become one of Hawaii’s latest emerging

“Charles is a businessman chockfull of passion, charisma, and the ability to inspire
and motivate others to be their very best,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

For more information about the Fresh Start Housing Program, please email or look for his article in Westside Stories’
May issue.

2nd Annual Hana Like Kakou (Many Hands Working Together), a fundraising dinner benefitting homeless Veterans and local homeless families

Dear Friends,

We cordially invite you to attend the 2nd Annual Hana Like Kakou (Many Hands Working Together), a fundraising dinner benefitting homeless Veterans and local homeless families presented by the staff of U.S. VETS Hawaii, a program serving Veterans and local individuals, couples, and families with children.

Please see our web page at:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Disabled American Veterans Memorial Hall
2685 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Social Hour 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
Program 6:15 pm to 10:00 pm

Featuring: Master of Ceremonies Frank De Lima, The Royal Hawaiian Band & Royal Guard, The Royal Order of Kamehameha 1, Hawaii Chapter 1, Guest Speakers, Authentic Luau, Multi-Cultural Entertainment, Silent Auction, Fire Dancer, & Artists

Corporate Sponsorship as Follows:

Ilima Table Sponsor – $5,000
Maile Table Sponsor – $3,000
Pikake Table Sponsor – $2,000
Orchid Table Sponsor – $1,000

Individual Sponsorship as Follows:

Individual In Advance – $75.00 Per Person
Individual At The Door – $80.00 Per Person

~Aloha Attire Requested ~

For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Gladys Peraro or Rita Martin Phone: (808) 696-6770

Please make checks payable to:
U.S. VETS 85-638 Farrington Hwy. Waianae, HI 96792

Gladys Peraro
Gladys L. Peraro Operations Coordinator U.S. VETS – Waianae United States Veterans Initiative
85-638 Farrington Hwy., Waianae Hawaii 96792
Tel: (808) 696-6770
Cell: (808) 620-0676
Fax: (808) 696-6711