DALLAS, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is demonstrating its commitment to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community through its celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. The Company is hosting an array of activities during the month of May and continues its commitment to the community by celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage all year long. "Southwest Airlines appreciates the opportunity to embrace the rich cultural backgrounds of our Customers and Employees. While we celebrate during the month, it's important to demonstrate our commitment to the Asian community all year long," said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. "We value our community partnerships with more than 30 nonprofit organizations that focus on the Asian community to help ensure access to higher education, build stronger businesses, and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage." Southwest proudly gives back to the Asian Pacific American community: May | Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Annual Awards Gala, and Leadership Academy, Washington, D.C. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 19th Annual Gala Awards Dinner where Asian American and Pacific Islander pioneers will be celebrated. Southwest also will provide travel to the National Leadership Academy, which gives Asian Pacific American leaders the tools to successfully reach their goals. May | Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Northern California, Annual Aloha Gala, San Francisco Southwest Airlines supports the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Northern California as they award Hawaii Chef Alan Wong as the 2013 recipient of the Kulia I Ka Nu'u Award at the 11 th Annual Five Star Aloha Gala. The Kulia I Ka Nu'u Award recognizes trailblazers, leaders, and innovators who have spread the Aloha Spirit beyond the Islands' borders. May | Southwest Airlines' Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, Dallas Southwest Airlines will host an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration for its Employees at the Company's headquarters in Dallas. The celebration, hosted by the Southwest Airlines Diversity Council, will also feature an Indian dance performance.