2019 Awards & Scholarship Gala

The 2019 HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala “Royal Red Ball” is on Saturday, October 26 at the Ko`olau Ballrooms, and it’s not too early for HAH members to start thinking about nominating people for awards and notifying employees that healthcare scholarship applications are now being accepted.

Each year HAH recognizes top-performing staff from Hawaii’s hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home care companies and hospices.

Award Winners


Walter Igawa-Silva, MD
Straub Medical Center
Veteran’s Administration

Jocelyn Nishioka and Lyne Elsman
The Queen’s Medical Center

Agusta (Angie) Yoro
Kalakaua Gardens

Brandy Boyce, RN
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Mervin Lum, RPh
Foodland Kapolei Pharmacy



Brenda Ho, MS, RN
Hawaii Care Choices formerly Hospice of Hilo

Kurt Akamine, NHA, PNG
Garden Isle Rehabilitation and Healthcare

Distinguished Service
Fawn Gould
Pali Momi Medical Center

Arthur Ushijima
The Queen’s Health Systems

Laura Bonilla, FACHE, MA, BSN
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Physician of the Year
Elliot Kalauawa, MD
Waikiki Health

Professional with Heart
Mohammad Khalil, RN
Pali Momi Medical Center

Public Health
Joy Barua, MBA, MA-OC
Kaiser Permanente

Rose Ann Poyzer Caregiver
Ruth Chow
CareResource Hawaii

Emergency Manager
Striker Thomas
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu

Achievement in Advocacy
Representative Sylvia Luke

Legislator of the Year
Representative Joy San Buenaventura

Legislator of the Year
Senator Russell Ruderman

Scholarship Winners

Community College

  • Steven Offenbaker (North Hawaii Community Hospital)
  • Lauren Huynh (DLS)


  • Angie Wong Barrios (Adventist Health Castle)
  • Emily Cantorna (Maui Memorial Medical Center)
  • Jessica Hermano (Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
  • Marty Collins (Wilcox Medical Center)
  • Rhoelyn Cortez (The Queen’s Medical Center)


  • Bethany Lukens (The Queen’s Medical Center)
  • Jayce Arakaki (Hawaii Pacific Health)
  • Jennifer Kurian (The Queen’s Medical Center)


  • Arielle Magpoc (Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu)
  • Mary Guo (Palolo Chinese Home)
  • Michael Schweikert II (The Queen’s Medical Center)
  • Mirie Hara (The Queen’s Medical Center)


Silent Auction Donations

Support scholarships for Hawaii students studying in healthcare fields by donating to the Silent Auction. Last year we raised more than $9,000 for scholarships from the Silent Auction. Popular auction items include gift cards, electronics, jewelry, spa services, travel, gourmet foods gift baskets, and art. To make a donation please fill out the donation form.  Please direct questions to Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra at sibarra@hah.org, or (808) 521-8961. Mahalo!       

Become a Sponsor

It is Hawaii’s premier annual healthcare gala, and we would like you to be part of it. This celebration generally brings together nearly 400 guests from across the state of Hawaii to honor these Heroes.  It is deeply rewarding seeing those who care for the people of Hawaii recognized for the high quality, compassionate care they give every day.

Please join in the celebration with us and your healthcare industry colleagues, academic partners, scholarship recipients, and other guests, by supporting our Hawaii Healthcare Heroes at the annual Awards and Scholarship Gala.  We have a variety of sponsorship options ranging from $1,200 to $20,000. Benefit packages may include exposure across a variety of media platforms, advertisements in the program book, award presentation opportunities, and seats or tables at the Gala.

Sponsorships without media benefits are due by August 20.  Contact Stacy Wong at swong@hah.org for more information.

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