Statement From Mayor Kenoi on the Passing of Herb Kawainui Kane

From the Mayors Office:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of our respected and beloved kupuna, Herb Kawainui Kane. His deep respect and reverence for the culture of our islands, reflected by his talent as a world-renown artist, secures his place among history’s most influential Native Hawaiians.

Among his many important accomplishments was his participation in the renaissance of Hawaiian culture and pride through his leadership in the Polynesian Voyaging Society, where he served as captain of the first voyage of the Hokule’a.

Current and future generations of Hawaiians will always owe a debt of gratitude to him. I offer my sincere condolences to his ohana. We have all lost a true Hawaiian treasure.”

Bay Clinic’s New Nursing Director Brings Passion to Patient Care

Media Release:

The field of nursing is so much more than a career.  It is a calling characterized by compassion, commitment, respect and integrity. During the most private and frightening moments in life, it is a nurse who is there by your side.  Bay Clinic currently employs over 40 Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, each exemplifying the true spirit of nursing, and has just welcomed one more to their ohana.

Amanda Opoku-Boachie, RN, has recently been named Bay Clinic’s new Director of Nursing.  With her 11 years of patient-focused experience and a proven track record of strong leadership skills, Opoku-Boachie is a welcome addition to the Bay Clinic team.

Amanda Opoku-Boachie

In this critical role, Opoku-Boachie will work in partnership with Dr. Fatima Phillips, the newly appointed Medical Director, as well as the other members of the executive leadership team to ensure the utmost quality of nursing practice for Bay Clinic.

“Together, improving patient care and improving access to care can be more than our goal, it can be our reality,” Opoku-Boachie stated.

“Amanda and I have already started talking about ‘best practices’ improvements she wants to make.  She has earned my respect for her professionalism and passion to the practice of nursing,” commented Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO.  “Amanda is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and strong leadership while valuing the cultural complexities that are unique to our island.”

Opoku-Boachie gained her associates degree in nursing at the Eastern Iowa Community College and she went on to receive numerous professional certifications with an emphasis on Native Hawaiian and women’s health services.  She is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Florida Occupational Health Nurses, Space Coast Chapter.

Although she is just beginning to settle in, Opoku-Boachie said the transition into life on the Big Island has been wonderful. “I can’t wait to get involved in the community events, and I’m really interested in learning more about organic farming on the Big Island.”

Opoku-Boachie came to Hawaii in 2005 when an Oahu nursing shortage had reached critical levels.  In addition to managing a Native Hawaiian health care clinic on Maui for some time, she directed a special medical program on Oahu focusing on the health of survivors of the atomic testing that occurred in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  Her extensive experience in this area is directly in line with Bay Clinic initiatives to improve care and remove language barriers for migrants from the Compact of Free Associated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands.

Bay Clinic is a nonprofit federally qualified community health center that started as a grassroots women’s health center in Hilo in 1983 and now provides comprehensive primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care services at seven locations for 18,000 people in East Hawaii. Bay Clinic welcomes comments on its services to help provide the best care for our community at madams@bayclinic.org.

Aloha Herb Kane, You Will Be Missed But Not Forgotten

On March 8, 1975 Hōkūleʻa sailed for the first time from Kualoa. On March 8, 2011 her first kapena Herb Kane has passed away.

Aloha Herb, you will be missed but not forgotten.

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