Lai Lai Bui, 2017 Kinya Noguchi Award Recipient

Lai Lai began her career with Sacramento Police Department (SPD) as a 19 year old student trainee.  As an officer, she has worked in patrol, Problem Oriented Policing, Sex Assaults, Narcotics, Vice, Crime Analysis, and Internal Affairs.  In 2005, with help of CAPITAL, APOA, and the SPD, she was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Commission Peace Officer Standards and Training and was re-appointed again in 2017, for total of (5) terms.  One of her primary goals as an officer has always been to engage in outreach to make meaningful connection with our Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.  Bringing better understanding and reducing fear of Law Enforcement (LE), especially in our most vulnerable API communities, has been one of the greatest rewards of her career.  As a Commissioner, being a part of upholding high standards for peace officers has been personally and professionally gratifying.

Coach V – Viliami Tafokitau Tapealava Tuivai, 2017 Community Service Award Recipient

Coach V is the CEO of the Motivation and Success Company Coach V LLC.  He is a Life Coach, Master Speaker, Author and Community Leader.  Captain Vincelli of the Air National Guard says this about Coach, “Coach V brings a rare blend of humor, inspiration, and application combined with super-power credibility on what it takes to be a winner.  Anyone who applies his teachings will be forever changed, and anyone who absorbs his principles will be forever inspired”.  Coach has had the pleasure to be the Key Note Speaker for companies like:  Edward Jones, First Federal Bank, Jack in the Box, Farmers Insurance, and Thunder Valley Resort and Casino just to name a few.

Coach grew up in Pomona, CA and graduated from UC Davis in 2002.  He is 1 of 9 children and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 4.  He grew up in very humble beginnings, and attributes who he is today to Faith, Family, Great Relationships, and the American Dream.

He is married to his College Sweetheart Martha; they have a daughter, Susan Mele who’s 8 and a son, Viliami Jr. who is 5 and reside in Elk Grove.

In the Community of Sacramento and abroad he is heralded as a Champion for Youth.  He founded Invictus Youth foundation in 2013 and it became a NON-Profit in August of 2014.  The Foundation’s approach is to use passion platforms that youth love, to teach vital life lessons to ensure their success in the class room, the neighborhoods in which they live and in the fields of life and play.  Currently Invictus Youth Foundation uses the passion platforms of football, soccer, volleyball, college campus experiences, and flight school partnership with the Young Eagles Program to teach and train in its three core principles of Character, Choices, and Champions.  The Vision of the Foundation is the following:

“It is our hope that each child in our Programs know what CHARACTER is.  Make CHOICES that reflect the highest level of INTEGRITY.  That they absolutely believe that they can excel in ACADEMICS.  And strives to be a CHAMPION in every phase of Life.” – Coach V