Lt. Gov. Tsutsui to Serve as Honorary Chair For American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala

HONOLULU— The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui will serve as honorary chair for the second annual Hope Gala, “Midnight in Tokyo.”

 The event is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Hawaii State Art Museum.

 “Cancer affects countless lives in the State of Hawaii and I wanted to do my part in helping to fight back and find the cure to end this disease,” said Tsutsui.  “I invite everyone to reach deep into their pockets and their hearts to support this worthwhile event.”

 “Midnight in Tokyo” serves as an American Cancer Society fundraiser, but also as a celebration of the Society’s role in the fight against cancer. This fun-filled evening event brings attendees together from all parts of the community.

 Reno Abihai and Ryan Freitas are serving as co-chairs of the 2014 gala.

 Abihai manages the Information Technology Project Management Office for The Queen’s Health Systems where he oversees intake processes, project delivery, resource management and project management.  Born and raised in Honolulu, Abihai received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Abihai returns as a second-year volunteer for the Society’s annual gala.

 Freitas is the director of Network Reliability for Hawaiian Telcom overseeing network, data, video and IT operations.  Also born and raised in Honolulu, Freitas is a graduate of St. Louis High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and received his master’s in business administration from Chaminade University. Freitas is an active community member and currently serves on the State of Hawaii’s 911 Board.   

 Gala guests will be treated to an enjoyable evening of signature dishes from notable local chefs and an entertainment-filled night. The Hope Gala Honolulu will benefit the American

Cancer Society’s dedication to finding cures.  The inaugural event in May 2013 raised $100,000 to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services.  Again this year, the gala is expected to draw more than 300 guests and garner support from various communities. 

 Tables for the event available for purchase.  Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for the event are also available.

 For more information on the event, visit www.

 About the American Cancer Society

Last year on O`ahu, American Cancer Society (ACS) provided more than 5,800 services to more than 2,000 cancer patients and educated more than 52,000 people through community programs. Locally and nationally, ACS combines an unyielding passion with a century of experience to save lives. As a global grassroots force of 3 million volunteers, ACS fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer, in every community. ACS is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion to date. On its 101st birthday, ACS is determined to finish the fight against cancer ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need.