Message from your 2022 HMA President
On October 1st, I had the honor of becoming the 121st President of the Hawaii Medical Association. As I expressed in my comments after having received this prestigious oath of office, I am very grateful to our HMA ohana, especially my predecessor, Dr. Michael Champion, for his leadership during the past very turbulent two years. The presidency means a great deal to me personally, especially as a Wahine of Native Hawaiian ancestry. At the turn of the century in 1800, there were 124,000 Native Hawaiians which was reduced in 1883 to 44,000, when Bernice Pauahi Bishop made her will, and saw her people decimated by disease and pandemic. During those challenging times, HMA was there. And now, during our time of the pandemic, HMA has stood together to help our community navigate through this time to keep Hawaii healthy and safe. Although we can potentially see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are not yet completely through this pandemic. The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on our community will continue to be felt for many years, most especially among Native Hawaiians and our most vulnerable populations. Again, HMA will continue to stand strong with our community as we move forward together, addressing each challenge with compassion and thoughtfulness. As a child of Pauahi, I carry a deep commitment to our lahui and our community at large to build further relationships with physicians, medical students, the medical school, other organizations, and our entire State. The Holiday Season is upon us, giving us once again an opportunity to thank, share, celebrate, and prepare for our next adventure. I am personally grateful for HMA, for our physicians, and for the community in which we live and serve. I look forward to working together with all of you toward achieving a healthier tomorrow.
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauoli Makahiki Hou!