Na Hoa Malama

Guests dressed to the nines in their flapper dresses, feathers, suits, and fedoras in celebration of Hospice Hawaii’s 2016 Na Hoa Malama on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the swanky Waialae Country Club. Our Speakeasy Soiree was the cat’s meow, because of the generosity of our many sponsors, supporters and friends.

A classic car and old-time street signs on the lawn set the scene as guests sampled wines and hors d’oeuvres. In keeping with the Roaring Twenties theme, a Speakeasy Secret Room was created, where guests gained entry with a secret password (“Gatsby”) to enjoy a refreshing Bootlegger or Giggle Water martini served in a keepsake glass. A delicious three-course dinner, complemented with red and white wines, was served in the main dining room that was decorated with ostrich feathers and pearls.

Hospice Hawaii’s Wishing Tree welcomed gifts to ensure our patients receive much needed care such as therapy visits, specialized pediatric care and 24 hours of care at Hospice Hawaii’s Kailua Home.

An array of items ranging from artwork, restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf and staycations, to spa experiences featured in the online silent auction, allowed guests to conveniently bid from their smartphones, while master auctioneer Eric Schiff took the stage to auction off an omakase dinner and sake pairing for eight at Izakaya Nonbei, two roundtrip travel vouchers to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and an Escape to San Francisco and Napa with a private wine tour and wine tasting.

Steve Uyehara, Hawaii News Now Sunrise co-anchor, served as emcee, introducing the formal presentation that honored past Hospice Hawaii patients and community awardees.

Hall of Heroes

Harriet “Nona” Fukuoka

Aunty Nona was a loving, selfless woman always willing to help anyone. A crossing guard for 30 years at Kaunakakai Elementary School she knew each child by name. Aunty Nona was gifted with lei and floral arranging and spent countless hours decorating and making lei to bless friends, family, church and community. Granddaughter of famed Paniolo, Ikua Purdy, Aunty Nona was proud of her ancestral roots and rode in many Aloha Week Parades.

A dedicated supporter of the Molokai Police and Fire Departments, Nona was the first Fire Commissioner representing Molokai and advocated for a new fire station. On her birthday, five days before passing, Aunty Nona was made honorary fire fighter and presented with her own helmet. Her final wish was granted as her beloved firefighters escorted her to her final resting place on the fire truck. Since then a brand new tanker 4 was named Keaonaonalualani after her.

Tristan James “TJ” Fernandez

TJ, a 14-year-old freshman at Pearl City High School, was like any other teen who loved anime, comics and video games. However, due to his inoperable brain stem tumor, it prohibited him to live his life as a teen. A little unsteady on his feet, he valiantly tried physical and speech therapy and almost got re-enrolled in school.

The 2015-16 Rainbow Warriors basketball team adopted TJ as a friend of the program and was instantly inspired by his strength while battling cancer. They used TJ’s strength as motivation to carry them through a season of adversity. At an anime-themed fundraising event for TJ, the anime community showed up – people he had never met before – to support a fellow fan. People lined up to meet TJ, a boy of courage and strength.

Despite his youth and illness, TJ gained a great amount of maturity and impacted everyone with whom he came into contact.

Wayne Keahi Chang

A prominent and well respected individual, Wayne was a strong advocate of the Hawaiian language and culture. He discovered his love for hula as a senior at Kamehameha Schools while dancing for Aunty Nona Beamer. He later became the Director of Admissions at his alma mater, co-founded Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua with Robert Cazimero and later founded his own halau, Halau o Keahi. Wayne taught his students the importance of the hula; its beauty and force are in the art of storytelling, not in the pageantry of a performance.

Known for his knowledge and quick wit, Wayne loved to laugh and would often place a humorous jab in a conversation with a genuine smile. He spent his mornings at Kapahulu Starbucks, often reading three or four books at once where friends old and new would visit their loyal friend.

Community Awardees

The Plaza Assisted Living – Healthcare Professional of the Year

Since opening its Punchbowl location in 2004, The Plaza has grown significantly – building four new assisted living communities throughout Oahu, with another under development. Its proven ability to innovate has established the Plaza among the best in the State, garnering three consecutive first-place finishes in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s annual “Hawaii’s Best” reader’s poll (“Best Senior Living Facility” category).

Through its commitment to Hawaii’s seniors, The Plaza continually looks for opportunities to “give back” to the community. This includes its partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, or its inter-generational programs, like “It’s Just Aging” (The Plaza’s children’s book – created in partnership with Iolani School to promote understanding and appreciation for our kupuna), and “Photovoice” (a program that gives Plaza residents new creative outlets and inspiration through digital photography).

Looking to the future, The Plaza continues to lead its industry through initiatives like its contribution to The State Plan on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, construction of its 6th assisted living community, and further development of its newly-launched Halia memory care program.

Hawaiian Electric Companies – Community Supporter of the Year


Hawaiian Electric, and its subsidiaries – Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company – provide electricity for 95 percent of Hawaii’s residents on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island. Hawaiian Electric has a rich 125-year history in the Islands that dates back to its founding in 1891.

With an eye toward achieving a 100 percent renewable energy future for Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric is making steady progress on its clean energy goals. The company is transforming its business and the way it does business by being more customer-focused and driving the highest value, most impactful work that can deliver results for their customers. This includes adding more distributed solar in a sustainable and fair manner, modernizing the grid to integrate different forms of renewable energy, and continuing to find ways to lower electric bills and expand customer options.

Hawaiian Electric is one of Hawaii’s leading employers and a major contributor to and supporter of the local community. Hawaiian Electric’s connection to its customers and its commitment to build a better future for Hawaii is what drives its community service initiatives.  Employees also volunteer countless hours to assist with community service projects across the islands and each year, they aim to strengthen their ties to the community through increased outreach activities and partnerships.

Ryon Nakasone, MD – Healthcare Professional of the Year

Dr. Nakasone is a practicing Hematologist and Medical Oncologist at Hawaii Oncology. He attended Saint Louis High School and graduated from the UH Manoa, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. A “true local boy at heart,” he continued his education in Hawaii at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine.  Following his Chief Resident year, and away from home for the first time, he completed his subspecialty training at Scripps Clinic in San Diego.  His first encounter with Hospice Hawaii was back in 2002 as a volunteer while attending JABSOM, providing respite care for families while being at the bedside with his assigned patients.

In addition to his practice, he teaches and mentors future physicians, guiding future generations to help others in Hawaii. In his spare time, Dr. Nakasone enjoys traveling, baseball and playing tennis and attempting to play golf.

Our heartfelt Mahalo to all who attended, bid enthusiastically on auction items, hung a wish on our wishing tree, and entered our Secret Room, all in support of our mission to Bring Home. Reduce Fears. Impact Lives.

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Mahalo to our sponsors

Special Thanks To:

Branden Baker, Integration Technologies

Joy Barua, Kaiser Permanente

Colleen Ching, KITV

Craig Furuya, This Week Magazines

Asa Kajihiro, Investor Group HI

Robert Kubota, Douglas Engineering

Kimberly Lau, Advantage Webco Hawaii

Dana Pang, Adecco General Staffing USA

Kevin Sakamoto, Bank of Hawaii

Clint Schroeder, Hagadone

Lance N. Tanaka, Par Hawaii, Inc.

Ryan Yamamoto, Construction Management and Engineering LLC

1013 Integrated

Aqua-Aston Hospitality

Bank of Hawaii Volunteers

Edward Enterprises

Hawaii Flower Lei

Hawaiian Airlines

Southern Wine & Spirits Hawaii