HONOLULU (October 5, 2016) – Every November Hospice Hawaii recognizes National Hospice and Palliative Care Month with its annual fundraising gala, Na Hoa Malama. With the glamorous theme of “Speakeasy Soiree,” this year’s Na Hoa Malama event will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Waialae Country Club and feature swanky garb, gourmet dinner and wines, a silent auction, and a moving awards presentation honoring those who have made a meaningful impact on the Hawaii community.

Hospice Hawaii’s 2016 Hall of Heroes are:

  • Harriet “Nona” Fukuoka, a selfless woman willing to help children and adults alike
  • Tristan James “TJ” Fernandez, a pediatric patient who, despite an inoperable brain stem tumor, lived life to the fullest and inspired the 2015-16 Rainbow Warriors basketball team to endure a season of adversity
  • Wayne Keahi Chang, a strong advocate of the Hawaiian language and culture

Additionally, 2016 Community Awards will be presented to Healthcare Organization: The Plaza Assisted Living, Community Supporter: Hawaiian Electric Companies and Healthcare Professional: Dr. Ryon Nakasone.

“Na Hoa Malama is a cherished tradition for Hospice Hawaii,” said Kenneth L. Zeri, president and CPO of Hospice Hawaii. “Our commitment to caring for patients and their families serves as the foundation of our annual gala, which honors very special heroes and members of our community who have helped and inspired us throughout the year.”

At this year’s Na Hoa Malama, cool cats and dishy dames are encouraged to dress in their favorite flapper garb. Proceeds from Na Hoa Malama will benefit Hospice Hawaii’s programs and services. For table sponsorships and event information, call (808) 791-8075 or email nahoa@hospicehawaii.org.

About Hospice Hawaii
Established in 1979, Hospice Hawaii is about helping people in life. The goal of the non-profit organization is to help patients live as fully as possible, to provide comfort and relief from pain, and to aid in symptom management. An interdisciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers strive to meet the physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of patients and families in the comfort of their own homes as well as in other settings like its Kailua Home, nursing homes and other facilities. With offices on Oahu, Molokai and Lanai, Hospice Hawaii also provides bereavement support to patients, their families, and the wider community. For more information about Hospice Hawaii, visit www.hospicehawaii.org.