Sally Kimura – Sally Kimura is an attorney who has been in private practice in Hawai’i since 1991. She is a graduate of Hilo High School, the University of Hawaii, and Northwestern School of Law At Lewis and Clark College. Her prior service on the Board of Directors of North Hawaii Community Hospital and the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Parents Association impressed upon her that access to health care and education are the main components to achieving a healthy community. She hopes her participation on the Hamakua-Kohala Health Board of Directors will contribute toward making and sustaining our communities’ health.
Diana Moriarty – Diana Moriarty is originally from England. She visited Hawai’i in 1970 and has lived here ever since. In 1971 she moved from Oahu to the Big Island and has resided and worked in North Kohala for the past 26 years. She attended nursing school in Hilo and is currently employed at Kohala Hospital as the quality manager, social worker designee and occasionally staff nurse. This experience in a community hospital serving as a safety healthcare net for the area prompted her to accept a position on the Hamakua-Kohala Health Board of Directors where she assumed board leadership for the patient services committee. She enjoys swimming, walking, gardening, and a new hobby, playing the recorder. She is dedicated to the support of community health centers and hospitals and the vital role they play in providing healthcare to the people of North Kohala and Hamakua.
Mahealani Maikui -Tisha Mahealani Maiku’i is a resident of the Hamakua coast and a patient at Hamakua-Kohala Health, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors. She joined the Board because, “Community building, families, youth and community is my passion,” says Tisha.
Growing up country in O’okala and Waipio Valley, Tisha is invested in her community and Hawaiian culture too, “Hawai’i is where I am from; my ancestors are here.”
With experience in youth mental health and mediation, she has a keen interest in youth services and brings valuable insight to the Board. She would like to thank Hamakua-Kohala Health staff personally, “Mahalo for your continued service in our community. Mahalo for caring for our families, please remember to care for yourselves.”
Fred Burian – Born and raised in Michigan and drawn to Hawai’i by a warm climate and cultural diversity, Fred enrolled in the University of Hawaii and earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Asian Philosophy. In 1966 he joined the East-West Center (EWC), a US Government-funded think-tank in Honolulu, where he worked for 15 years as a researcher, focusing on cross-cultural information sharing across a range of scientific and technical fields. In 1980 Fred, his EWC Scholar wife and their kids moved to Bangkok, Thailand where he managed a regional United Nations population and family planning program, leading a team of 20 researchers, analysts, writers, editors, and IT specialists promoting, funding and evaluating family planning information programs in Asia and the Pacific. Fred retired from the United Nations in 1998 and is now active in the Honoka’a Senior Club, the Pa’auilo Mauka-Kalopa Community Association and the Hamakua Safety Council. He hopes his information management experience can be useful in supporting the health and wellness of the Hamakua-Kohala community.
Kenneth Kaneshiro – resides in Honoka’a and graduated from Honoka’a High School in 1960. He later graduated from Fresno State in California with a degree in Geology. Returning to Honoka’a, he started his career with the USDA – Soil Conservation Service as a Conservation Technician, (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS). After working in the Honoka’a Field Office for a year or so, he transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, as the geologist on the Watershed Planning staff. After about five years, he came home to Hawai’i and served as the geologist on the Hawai’i Watershed Planning Staff. He stayed in Hawai’i for the rest of his career with the NRCS, taking positions as the Watershed Planning Staff Leader, Assistant State Conservationist and State Conservationist before retiring in 2003. Ken is quite involved in our community. Before joining the Hamakua-Kohala Health Center Board, he served on a County Commission on Public Access and the County Water Board, and is a member of the Hamakua Lions Club, the Hamakua Farm Bureau and Honoka’a Hongwanji.