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The APAICS Annual Awards Gala is the culmination of our nation’s recognition of Asian American & Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, a celebration of the culture, traditions, history, and contributions of AA & NH/PIs in the United States. We expect more than 1,200 attendees from across the country, including community, business, and political leaders.

The gala is the largest gathering of AA & NH/PI elected officials and government appointees at the federal, state, and local levels. Past speakers and awardees at the dinner include President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Senator Mazie Hirono, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Martha Choe, Deepa Iyer, George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, and Randall Park, among others.

2024 GALA

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM ET

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Allen Y. Lew Place, NW  Washington, DC 20001





APAICS is delighted to welcome Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-36) and Congresswoman Jill Tokuda (HI-02) as our Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2024 Annual Awards Gala!




This year's Gala will honor four awardees for their outstanding contributions to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community.

  • Norman Y. Mineta Awardee: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-28)


  • Vision Awardee: Adele Lim, Writer-Director


  • Community Leadership Achievement Awardee: Papa Ola Lōkahi 


  • Pioneer Awardee: Vanita Gupta, Former United States Associate Attorney General



After Party

Eric Nam is this year's Gala After Party performer!


Named 2023 TIME100 Impact Award Honoree, GQ Korea’s Man of the Year and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, the multifaceted musician, actor, TV personality and entrepreneur Eric Nam is one of the most successful Korean-American figures of recent times. He's currently headlining his House on a Hill World Tour, playing for over 140k fans in 80+ cities worldwide. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable night, celebrating 30 years of APAICS! 


Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill

20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20001

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Thank you to our Sponsors




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