2018 Awards & Scholarship Gala



    RSVP by Sept. 28, 2018.

    We understand that your schedule may change and prevent you from attending this event. Cancellations will be accepted and refunded if submitted by Sept. 28; please call us at 521-8961. Substitutions of attendees are always accepted. Refunds will not be given for "no shows".

  • Please indicate how many ticket(s) or table(s) you would like to purchase.
  • Please indicate if you will be sending a check in for payment or if you are paying by credit card.

    Please make checks payable to HAH and mail to:
    707 Richards Street, PH2, Honolulu, HI 96813.

    If you are paying by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover), please submit the credit card authorization form found HERE.

    Contact Gail Coleman or Gina Gibo at (808) 521-8961 for assistance.

  • If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please indicate one of the sponsorships below.
  • If you are already a sponsor, please indicate your sponsorship below.
  • Please type in the INDIVIDUAL names and email addresses of all attendees.

    Click on the + sign on the right of the last column to enter numerous names.

    Please check the COMPLIMENTARY SEAT only if you are a Award or Scholarship Winner or the guest of the Winner.

    Buffet dinner will be served this year.

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Each year, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii recognizes the best local professionals with Hawaii healthcare’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.
This year’s theme is Black and Gold Masquerade Ball.  We hope to see everyone in your black and gold dressy attire and venetian mask.
This year, the celebration dinner will be held on Saturday, October 20, 5:00 pm at the Ko’olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe.


Award Winners

Laura Reichhardt, MS, APRN, AGNP-C
Hawaii Center for Nursing





Distinguished Service
Divina Padasdao
Hawaii Care Choices






Emergency Manager
Richard Kirchner
Adventist Health Castle






Richard Okazaki
Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.





Jill Omori, MD
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine





Physician of the Year
Daniel Cheng, MD
The Queen’s Medical Center





Professional with Heart
Sye Chee
Hale Kupuna Heritage Home





Public Health
Christina Wang, DNP, MPH, APRN-Rx, AGPCNP-C
Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center





Rose Ann Poyzer Caregiver
Julie Tsuji-Alhadeff, HHA
Adventist Health Castle Home Care





Achievement in Advocacy
The Honorable John Mizuno






Legislator of the Year
The Honorable Aaron Ling Johanson






Legislator of the Year
The Honorable Scott Nishimoto






Legislator of the Year
The Honorable Brian Taniguchi




Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Christine Izutsu, MD
Kidney Clinic of Hawaii






Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Valerie Janikowski, RN
Formerly with Ke ‘Ola Hou `O Lanai
Currently with Arcadia Home Health Lanai




Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Dee Ono, RN, CWS, CRNI
West Hawaii Home Health Services (Hawaii Island)





Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Rebecca Sawai, MD
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii






Lesley Yoshimori, RN, MPH
Family Medicine Clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center

Scholarship Winners

Community College
Chelsea Cross
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Jasmine Sagaysay
Kahala Nui
Justin Abe
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Kari Kimura
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Leighthan Luna
The Queen’s Medical Center
Annemarie Wendicke
Hawaii Pacific Health
Jessica Niles
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Rose Hata
The Queen’s Medical Center


Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships for the next Hawaii Healthcare Heroes awards and the 2018 HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala are now available for those who would like to recognize talented and compassionate professionals working in Hawaii’s healthcare sector.
As in past years there are two sponsorship types from which to choose:
  • Public Award sponsorships, which make possible the public call for nominations for the only patient-nominated awards program in the nation, and offer tv, radio, newspaper and online exposure; and
  • HAH Member Award sponsorships, which support the gala in honor of the awardees.  This year’s Gala is on Saturday, October 20 at the Ko’olau Ballrooms.
Public Award Sponsorships are due April 30.  Member Award Sponsorships have been extended to a later date.
Sponsorship levels and benefits can be seen here
Click here for the FAQ
Click here for the Reservation Form
Contact Jamie Velasco at communications@hah.org or Stacy Wong at swong@hah.org or 521-8961 for more information.

Donate to Our Silent Auction

We are now accepting Silent Auction donations for our annual Awards and Scholarship Gala in October.
The auction proceeds support healthcare scholarships for Hawaii students, and assist in building Hawaii’s future healthcare workforce. Popular auction items include gift cards, wine, plane tickets or other travel-related donations, gift baskets, and electronics.
The popular Wine Wall will be back again this year, so donated bottles worth $25 or more are requested in support of this Silent Auction feature.
Last year 15 Hawaii students received more than $27,000 in scholarship money. They were studying in fields such as nursing, medicine, physical therapy, and healthcare administration, and their degree programs ranged from the associate level to the doctoral level.
For questions please contact Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra at sibarra@hah.org or 521-8961.
Auction donations are due by October 5.
Click here for the donation form.

Mahalo to our Sponsors


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