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Celebrating 2024 AANHPI Heritage Month: Discovering Hawaii's Culture, Cuisine, Sustainability

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As we welcome the vibrant spirit of AANHPI Heritage Month in 2024, the Aloha ‘Aina employee network group (ENG) dedicated to NHPI (Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander) initiatives, is thrilled to immerse ourselves in Hawaii's flavors and culture. This year, our theme revolves around "Exploring the Flavors and Culture of Hawaii," a celebration that honors the diverse heritage of the AANHPI community and the unique contributions it brings to Palo Alto Networks.

Our celebrations spotlight NHPI-owned businesses, nonprofits, and organizations promoting sustainability and PI culture vibrancy. Their dedication reflects aloha 'aina, a profound connection and respect for the land.

Throughout the month, we have had the pleasure of featuring these remarkable entities, each offering a glimpse into the richness of Hawaii's cultural landscape:

Pacific Coffee Research, a small business based on Hawaii Island, will enlighten us about the intricate coffee supply chain unique to the region. Their commitment to partnership with local farmers, sustainability and quality exemplifies the essence of Hawaii's coffee culture.

Kumano I Ke Ala, a Native Hawaiian owned nonprofit organization, has inspired us with their sustainable kalo farming practices, by promoting entrepreneurship and preserving cultural resources, they empower future generations to uphold traditions and safeguard the environment.

Hale Pua, a Native Hawaiian women-owned small business, has delighted us with their paint-by-number kits, which beautifully capture the essence of Pacific flora and fauna. Through their artistry, they invite us to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us and to support local entrepreneurship.

The Bishop Museum has provided valuable insights into Hawaiian history, culture and conservation efforts. From exploring the island's rich musical and dance traditions to discussing the importance of preserving native species like the Hawaiian honeycreeper, we have gained a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of Hawaii's ecosystems and its people.

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to Palo Alto Networks for their unwavering support of the Aloha 'Aina ENG. Their support has enabled us to celebrate and showcase our NHPI culture, traditions and narratives, fostering deeper connections and harmony within our organization. As a part of their commitment to AANHPI Heritage Month, Palo Alto Networks has empowered Aloha ‘Aina ENG to bolster funding for the Hawaii Community Foundation, specifically the Maui Strong initiative, aiding in the reconstruction efforts following the devastating Maui wildfires.

Let us carry forward the lessons learned and the connections made, celebrating the diversity and resilience of the AANHPI community not just this month, but every day. Together, may we carry on the lessons and connections, celebrating AANHPI diversity and resilience daily, as we honor Hawaii's vibrant tapestry of flavors, culture and sustainability for generations to come.

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