Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Elabaroza
Posted on October 22, 2020
For the past three years, Michael Ebalaroza has spent his days off volunteering at Islands Hospice, providing musical therapy for patients by singing along with them to some of their favorite songs. While the joy he brings to our patients is irreplaceable, Michael says that our patients give back to him, too.
Before moving to Hawaii and joining Islands Hospice as a volunteer, Michael shared his musical gifts with hospice patients on the mainland for over 20 years. He holds one experience in North Carolina particularly close to his heart. His memory of a family who had just lost their loved one, moments before Michael arrived at their home, and their request that he sing Amazing Grace at their loved one’s bedside, is one experience he will never forget. Michael started singing and soon, the whole family joined in. Michael reflects that through music, he was able to bring a sense of peace to this family, and it was a very touching moment for all.
While Michael works as a full-time security guard at the Bishop Museum, he spends a large portion of his time off giving back to the community. On days that he isn’t spreading joy through music, you can find him volunteering with Gideon’s International, helping to deliver Bibles to hospitals, schools, and prisons. We are fortunate and grateful to have someone as compassionate as Michael, be a part of the Islands Hospice Volunteer team.