On August 2, 2013, Hawai‘i Rural Development Council Alan Murakami was honored by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), one of 6 federally funded rural assistance programs created in 1979 to serve rural communities. RCAC is based in Sacramento and serves 15 western states, including Hawai‘i, and the western Pacific (Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Republic of Marshall Islands, etc.) Murakami served on their Board for many years, and this award is named after Bill French, who was CEO of RCAC for 30 years. The award was created in 2007 and honors individuals who demonstrate lifetime achievements of leadership in rural development.
RCAC’s current CEO, Stanley Keasling, was in Hawai‘i to present the award along with several other RCAC directors at a beautiful ceremony in the garden setting of Kokua Kalihi Valley’s Hou‘ulu ‘Aina program.