Board of Directors

Sally Kimura, President

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

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.

 


Meizhu Lui

Meizhu Lui

Meizhu Lui – Meizhu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who has been a life-long “troublemaker”! First as a food service worker, union activist and then President of her AFSCME local at Boston City Hospital; then as a community organizer at Health Care for all Massachusetts fighting for better health and not just better health care; continuing as Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy which spotlights the growing inequality in this country and its harmful effects; and finally as Program Director for the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Her passion has been to bring attention to racial gaps and to find ways to close them. She co-authored the book The Color of Wealth: the Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide. Meizhu serves on the Board of the Highlander Center in Tennessee and is a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Locally, she has chaired the Mayor’s Hawaii County Committee on Aging. She lives in Papa’aloa with her husband and two fantastic kitties.


Mahealani Maikui

Mahealani Maikui


Fred Burian

Fred Burian

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 twenty 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 (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS) as a Conservation Technician. 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.