2017 Awards & Scholarship Gala


Honor the best in Hawaii’s healthcare sector and support scholarships for healthcare workers at this festive annual gala that draws nearly 500 people. Hawaii Healthcare Heroes nominated by their industry peers and the general public will be recognized during the evening’s program, as will scholarship recipients forming Hawaii’s future healthcare workforce. The evening’s Silent Auction proceeds support the scholarship fund.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Ko`olau Ballrooms, Kaneohe.


Patient and Peer Award Winners

Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Jessica Ackerman, APRN-RX
Queen’s Geriatric Services
Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Anne Dempsey, MD
Kauai Medical Clinic/Hawaii Pacific Health
Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Gary Oshita
Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Cheri-Teranishi-Hashimoto, DPT, MS, WCS, CLT-LANA, MSPT
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific
Hawaii Healthcare Hero
Baron CKW Wong, MD
Wahiawa General Hospital
Advocacy Award
Paula Yoshioka, MBA
The Queen’s Health Systems
Distinguished Service Award
Angel Juan
Kaiser Permanente
Emergency Manager of the Year Award
Catherine Nutting, RN, BSN, CHEP, CNML
Hilo Medical Center
Executive Award
Mary Boland, DrPH, RN, FAAN
UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene

Leadership Award
Sanoe Ka`uhane, MHA
Kona Community Hospital
Physician of the Year Award
Melinda Ashton, MD
Hawaii Pacific Health
Professional with Heart Award
Elvira De Jesus, RN
Pali Momi Medical Center
Public Health Award
Zeshan Chisty, MPH
Hawaii State Department of Health
Rose Ann Poyzer Caregiver Award
Vivian Villamor, COTA
CareResource Hawaii
Achievement in Advocacy
The Honorable Jill Tokuda
State Senator of the Year
The Honorable Rosalyn Baker
State Representative of the Year
The Honorable Della Au Belatti
Federal Legislator of the Year
The Honorable Mazie Hirono

Scholarship Winners

Continuing Education
  • Jennifer Glorioso – Kauai Hospice
Community College
  • Ashley Fukuki – North Hawaii Community Hospital
  • Jaimee Sambrano – Kaiser Permanente Moanalua
  • Raquel Fernando –  Kaiser Permanente Moanalua
  • Shania Weiss – Adventist Health Castle
  • Lisa LaBang – Adventist Health Castle
  • Grayson Bueno – Kaiser Permanente
  • Colby Takeda – The Plaza at Waikiki
  • Annie Meredith-Mitchell – Kauai Hospice
  • Brandi-lee Gonzales – Kaiser Permanente
  • Rozanne Schirmer – The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu
  • Tyler Cheney – Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Faith Hamamura – The Queen’s Medical Center and Hale Malamalama
  • Katelyn Wakuzawa – Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific
  • Jana Wieland – Adventist Health Castle and Kapiolani Medical Center


Become a Sponsor

Support the public call for nominations for Hawaii Healthcare Heroes and peer-nominated award winners.  Shine a light on all of the award winners at a gala in their honor. The premiere healthcare event of the year!  The Awards & Scholarship will be held on Saturday, October 21 at Ko`olau Ballrooms.

Media sponsorship deadline is May 3, 2017. Gala sponsorship deadline is August 21, 2017.

2017 Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsorship Reservation Form

Donate to our Silent Auction and Help Us Give Healthcare Scholarships







The Hawai`i Hospital Education and Research Foundation (HHERF) Silent Auction, to be held in conjunction with our Healthcare Association of Hawai`i’s Annual Awards & Scholarship Gala on October 21.  Last year we were able to award scholarships to fifteen Hawai`i students entering or continuing their education in the healthcare field!

Donating to our Silent Auction will help HAH give scholarships to students who are the future of healthcare in Hawai`i. These students are motivated and dedicated individuals who want to pursue their goals in becoming healthcare workers such as:

  • The emergency responder when you or a family member needs immediate medical attention.
  • The healthcare professional who is thrilled each time they bring a new life into the world or save a life from ending.
  • The therapist who assists with occupational, physical or speech therapy.
  • The hospice worker who helps a family prepare for a loved one’s transition.

Please help support our future healthcare professionals!

Donations are due by October 13, 2017.  If you have questions, please contact Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra at sibarra@hah.org or (808) 521-8961.

Click here to download the donation form.


Mahalo to our Sponsors


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