Na Hoa Malama

Mahalo to everyone who attended this year’s Na Hoa Malama “Masquerade en Blanc” gala to celebrate our Hall of Heroes and Community Leaders who have made a difference in our community. We hope you enjoyed a memorable masked affair. Everyone looked spectacular dressed in their white formal attire and masked disguises. We hope to see you at next year’s Na Hoa Malama! Stay tuned for more information about next year’s event. Please click below to see photos from this year’s event and share on your own social media channels.

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2018 Hall of Heroes

Kalā Peter

Kalā Peter was a 12-year-old boy who loved playing video games and enjoyed making people laugh. At the age of nine, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Throughout the course of his illness, Kalā continued to attend school as much as possible and remained positive during his treatments.

Because Kalā’s dad was a firefighter, his story resonated with the Honolulu Fire Department. At his funeral, hundreds of firefighters marched in single file through the church in an overwhelming demonstration of respect and honor.

Ryder Onopa

Ryder Onopa, a 2014 graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, had a promising future in palliative care. He was known for his sense of humor, love for nature, and empathy which allowed him to truly connect with his patients. At the age of 29, Ryder was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma cancer and passed away just a few short months later.

Ryder received many awards for his excellence in oncology and cancer care, including the 2016 Golden Crab Award and the Queen’s Medical Center Outstanding Resident Award for 2017. He was selected to serve as one of four Chief Residents and also volunteered with the Department of Native Hawaiian Health.

Ryan Sakai

Ryan Sakai was a respected and beloved elementary school teacher. As a young father with two daughters, he enjoyed attending their soccer games and taking them fishing. Ryan was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer which quickly metastasized and became stage 4. He began alternative treatments in Arizona in hopes of curing his cancer. When his health began declining, his only wish was to come home to his family. Ryan was able to fly home from Arizona to spend his remaining days surrounded by family and friends.

Ryan always went above and beyond for his students. On the day of his funeral, many of them shared with Ryan’s family the impact he made on their lives.

Community Awardees

Winnie Lee
Philanthropist of the Year

Every other year, Hospice Hawaii supporter Winnie Lee hosts a birthday party and encourages her guests to donate to her selected nonprofit, rather than bringing gifts. For the past two occasions, Winnie has selected Hospice Hawaii as her designated charity, with all proceeds benefitting the organization.

This past January, she collectively raised a remarkable $15,000 – triple the amount raised during her first birthday extravaganza! Winnie continues to go above and beyond for Hospice Hawaii by celebrating her birthday in a meaningful way. Winnie always had a passion for giving back to the community, and has previously hosted other parties to raise money for other nonprofits in Hawaii.

Patricia Nishimoto, DNS, FAAN
Healthcare Professional of the Year

Patricia Nishimoto, known to many as “Dr. Pat,” is an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Tripler Army Medical Center. She is recognized worldwide for her work in oncology, end-of-life care, grief and loss, and cultural awareness.

Dr. Pat coordinates “Oncology on Canvas” designed to help cancer patients and their family members reflect on their journeys. This program has grown with over 300 people participating at four hospitals. This event helps oncology patients and their families cope with disease through art. Artwork from this event is then displayed at Honolulu Hale, allowing community members to witness the many ways that survivors and their families express their journeys.

Fred Dauer
Community Supporter of the Year

Since 2014, Fred Dauer has been an active volunteer with Hospice Hawaii, volunteering more than 860 hours in 2017. He plays an instrumental role at the Hospice Hawaii Kailua Home, helping with landscaping, irrigation, maintenance and repairs, installing air conditioning units and running errands. Fred has become a part of the Hospice Hawaii ohana.

During his free time, he ensures his friends are well-taken care of, from driving them to doctors’ appointments to caring for them after surgery. Fred enjoys spending time at Kailua Beach, taking in the fresh air while sitting on the bench he donated in memory of his late wife, Claire. He is also highly involved with the John A. Burns School of Medicine and has volunteered at the Disabled American Veterans Hawaii and Foster Botanical Garden.

The Queen’s Medical Center Geriatric Services
Healthcare Organization of the Year

The Queen’s Medical Center Geriatric Services team is known in the community for their expertise in caring for the needs of our aging population. They provide education on different aspects of senior care in the community, including educating patients and families, and even the next generation of physicians.

This specially trained team provides comprehensive care in their outpatient clinic, in the hospital through a consult service, post-acute care and a housecall program to homebound elderly. The Queen’s Medical Center Geriatric Services was recently recognized by the U.S. News & World Reports as within the top 10% hospitals in the country.

Distinguished Leadership Award

Terri Fujii

Terri Fujii, the managing partner at CW Associates, CPAs, has been a dedicated member of Hospice Hawaii’s Board of Directors for the past 13 years. She served one term as the chairperson and two terms as treasurer, and has worked tirelessly in support of Hospice Hawaii’s mission. Although Terri will soon step down from the board of directors, she will be taking on a new volunteer role with the organization as the inaugural member of Hospice Hawaii’s Advisory Board. Hospice Hawaii is pleased and proud to have her ongoing, selfless support.

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