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Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

September Makana Pono

Posted on October 5, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

September Makana Pono awardee Kelly Kawasaki selected the ‘Ohana Fund of Pali Momi Foundation, which supports patients in need of financial assistance for medication, medical equipment and transportation.

August Makana Pono

Posted on September 1, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Kelci Schedler has been an RN case manager for Islands Hospice West Oahu for the past four years. Always leading by example, Kelci’s compassion carries over from her work as an RN to the community and was selected to receive the August Makana Pono award. She directed her $5,000 donation to Ma Ke Alo o (MKAO), an organization she has been involved with over the past three years as the lead for its Kakaako Kupuna initiative.

July Makana Pono

Posted on July 29, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Stacie McCabe was nominated by her Islands Hospice colleagues as the July Makana Pono awardee. She directed her $5,000 award to the R.A.M. program at Windward Baptist Church. The R.A.M. program was created in 2005 to help those struggling with addictions, especially crystal methamphetamine, through the power of faith. Islands Hospice is pleased to support the R.A.M program and recognize the work of Windward Baptist Church is doing to care for members of our community who are working towards healing.

June Makana Pono

Posted on June 28, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Maribel Korman is a social worker for our town office, and in just 10 months of working at Islands Hospice, she has become a valuable member of our team. She was nominated by colleagues to receive June’s Makana Pono award and directed her donation to Abundant Grace.

May Makana Pono

Posted on June 4, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Joyce Alce served as a director of clinical service for nearly four years. She recently moved to the mainland, but she was selected to receive the Makana Pono award before she left.

April Makana Pono

Posted on May 3, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

This month, the Makana Pono award flew over to Maui, where executive director Keoki Robello had the honor of designating $5,000 to a local nonprofit providing vital services in its community.

March Makana Pono

Posted on March 25, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

For almost a decade, Mike Kuo, RN, has taken care of our Islands Hospice patients in the Inpatient Unit (IPU) at Palolo. Mike provides care for ohana who require a higher level of attention than can be given at home or a facility.

February Makana Pono

Posted on February 24, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Islands Hospice RN Agnes Villanueva grew up with four foster brothers and witnessed how her parents cared for them with unconditional compassion and understanding. “My parent’s compassion has allowed me to see first-hand the power of what kindness, love, and understanding can do for the recipient and the giver.”

January Makana Pono

Posted on January 7, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

As a veteran himself, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paul understands just how valuable nonprofits can be to help cut heroes and families cut through the red tape to obtain the benefits and resources owed. He selected DAV to receive his $5,000 Makana Pono contribution.

December Makana Pono

Posted on December 28, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

For a child with a critical illness, making a wish come true can do so much more than lift spirits. Make-A-Wish Hawaii has granted thousands of wishes to Hawaii’s keiki over the years and our Makana Pono awardee has chosen to help direct her $5,000 donation to Make-A-Wish to bring more wishes to life.

November Makana Pono

Posted on November 24, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Lanakila Multipurpose Senior Center (LMPSC) is a much-needed hub for seniors. It is a place for exercise, socialization and education. Located in Kalihi, it is the largest senior center in the state, serving nearly 1,500 seniors. With COVID-19 presenting new challenges, especially for our kupuna, Islands Hospice Social Worker, Iris Hashimoto, selected the senior center to direct her $5,000 Makana Pono donation.

October Makana Pono

Posted on October 22, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

It’s because of these agencies and their critically needed services, Islands Hospice Social Worker, Jesseca Guerreiro, is directing her Makana Pono donation to Ala Kuola, an organization that once helped her and her son escape an unsafe relationship.

September Makana Pono

Posted on September 7, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Jessica explained that her family’s love language is food, which caused her to align with the mission of the Hawaii Foodbank.

August Makana Pono

Posted on August 1, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

“Doing good deeds, no matter how small, makes you feel better, too.”

July Makana Pono

Posted on July 16, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Nursing school can be expensive, but Islands Hospice nurse practitioner Harold Palma hopes to help ease the burden for students of Filipino ancestry. In doing so, he wants to inspire the next generation of students to pursue a path in nursing.

June Makana Pono

Posted on June 7, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

June’s Makana Pono awardee, Ava Gaile Tacata, RN, hopes to help families gain access to clean water. She selected the LIGHT Mission through New Hope Leeward to receive her $5,000 Makana Pono contribution.

May Makana Pono

Posted on May 14, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Kevin Dulig, our Makana Pono awardee for the month of May, has selected an organization that is near and dear to his heart.

April Makana Pono

Posted on April 16, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

As this month’s Makana Pono recipient, Tod selected Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation to receive the $5,000 donation.

March Makana Pono

Posted on March 6, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

While at the beach one day, Irene Horodecki saw firsthand the impact that nonprofit AccesSurf has on the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

January Makana Pono

Posted on January 4, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

This month’s Makana Pono recipient is giving back to an organization that has been a part of her life since she was a toddler.

Posted on December 20, 2019

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Posted on November 1, 2019

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Mac Quene Geyrozaga, RN, has been working at Islands Hospice for one year. He has chosen to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hawaii chapter, which helps people with mental illness and the families that are affected.

October Makana Pono Spotlight: Cherish Aquino

Posted on October 3, 2019

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

As this month’s Makana Pono recipient, Cherish has chosen to direct her $5,000 donation to the school that gave her daughter so much.

April Wubbens - Hawaii International Child

Posted on September 1, 2019

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

For years, Islands Hospice has supported nonprofi ts near and dear to employees’ hearts through the Employee Designated Giving Program.