Ohana Stories

Catherine Marquette, Medical Director, APRN

Catherine Marquette Accepts Medical Director Position Honoka’a, December 25, 2016 Catherine Marquette has given her time, energy and expertise to Hamakua-Kohala Health for over 20 years and has now accepted the position of Medical Director! Catherine is firm and fair and works to consistently improve quality of care for all patients at HKH’s Hamakua and North Read more …

Jo Ann Lau Kong, LPN

This year, Licenced Practical Nurse JoAnn Lau Kong will celebrate her anniversary at the Health Center too; she’s been serving our community for 30 years! When JoAnn was little, she admired Shizue Asato, with her white dress, stockings and cap and told her mom, “I want to be just like her. I want to be Read more …

Beverly Hiraoka

Medical Billing Associate Beverly Hiraoka has been working with the Hamakua-Kohala Health for 32 years in various capacities; as a cashier, a transcriptionist and most importantly medical billing associate. Beverly has the very important task of bringing in money from insurance companies to help keep the clinics going strong. “I take pride in seeing the Read more …

Regina Gantala

A North Kohala hometown girl with a history in Healthcare – Regina Afaga Gantala’s first memory goes back to her childhood when she came to the dispensary for “shots”. Regina was born at Kohala Hospital, the daughter of employees of Kohala Sugar Company. Healthcare for employees and their families was provided at the dispensary that Read more …

Dena Soares

Dena Soares Customer Service Specialist Dena Soares has been with HKH for 9 ½ years. Before joining our team, she was an employee of Dr. Sonnenschein’s private practice, the Kohala Family Health Center. Dena holds a multi-functional position, checking patients in and out, registering new patients, helping patients with our sliding fee and Quest application, Read more …

Kathie Texiera

Local girl Kathie Texeira is an adventurer and always ready to try new things. Born and raised in Pa’auilo, and a graduate of St. Joseph’s and Hawai’i Community College, Kathie has the knowledge and background to take on any new task. After studying accounting in college, Cathie married a military man and left home in Read more …

Ruffles Tomas, LPN

“Why Weren’t you Here When I Came?” Ruffles’ patients depend on her and they make LPN Rufelia “Ruffles” Tomas passionate about her job. “When they tell you, ‘Why weren’t you here … ?’ that means that you made a difference and they feel comfortable,” she said. “I love my job … and you can’t tell Read more …

Tiffany Santiago, MA2

Let’s congratulate Tiffany on becoming a Certified Medical Assistant 2 (MA2)! Now she can work directly with patients, which is what she wants to do. Most MA2s take a six-week course, but her class was only one week long. Tiffany is a highly-focused self-starter, borrowed a book, studied on her own, crammed six weeks into Read more …