HAH Update

October 14, 2016

Wu in AHCA Future Leaders Program

Kevin Wu, Director of the Hawaii Neighborhood Outreach to the Aged (HINOA) program at Palolo Chinese Home, has been selected to serve on the American Health Care Association’s Future Leaders Program.

The program has selected 30 new advocates specializing in post-acute care to address current national skilled nursing legislation. Wu, who has been with Palolo Chinese Home for the past 10 years in progressively responsible roles, was selected to represent Hawaii in this national program.

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is a non-profit federation of state health affiliate organizations that collectively represents more than 11,000 nursing facility, assisted living, developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers that care for approximately one million elders and disabled individuals each day.

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii is the Hawaii affiliate for AHCA/NCAL, representing the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Palolo Chinese Home is a not for profit providing adult residential care, skilled nursing and intermediate care, senior day care, and overnight respite care for family caregivers of all ethnicities across Hawaii.

“It’s an honor and a huge responsibility to represent the views of Hawaii’s long-term care provider community in today’s challenging healthcare environment,” Wu said.

Andrew Garrett, associate vice president for post-acute care and operations at HAH, said Hawaii is well represented by Wu. “He has the insight and skills needed to effectively advocate on issues of importance to Hawaii’s long term care community,” he said.


Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Tracey Wiltgen, executive director of the nonprofit Mediation Center of the Pacific Inc., will discuss communication strategies in dealing with a patient's or resident's family members.

Monday Oct. 17 is the deadline for HAH members to RSVP for a members-only training designed to help healthcare organizations deal with family members who may not be in agreement over a loved one’s care.
“Communication Strategies for Engaging in Difficult Conversations,” presented by Tracey Wiltgen, executive director of the nonprofit Mediation Center of the Pacific Inc., will take place on October 19 at 10:00 a.m. Members may participate in person or via conference call/webinar.
This training will introduce participants to tools and strategies designed to engage individuals and families in difficult conversations, particularly dealing with high emotions, differing views, and competing interests.

Participants attending this session will learn key ingredients for successful conversations, effective listening strategies, interest identification, and a process for managing the conversation.

Please RSVP to Lori Henning at with the name, title, email address, and organization of the participant.  Please indicate whether you will attend in person or via webinar.


HAH Events

Awards and Scholarship Gala
October 29, 5:30 pm
Ko'olau Ballrooms
Please RSVP online here

Joint Commission Resources Education
November 29 and 30
Hawaii Prince Hotel
Registration form

Aloha and Farewell Tony Krieg

L-R Back:  Andrew Garrett, MPA, associate vice president, post-acute care and operations, Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Charlie Harris, CEO, Aloha Nursing & Rehab Centre; Tony Krieg, CEO, Hale Makua; Emmet White, CEO,
15 Craigside & Arcadia Retirement Residence
L-R Front:  Sai Chantavy, Executive Director, Maunalani Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Richard Kishaba, President & CEO, Ohana Pacific Management Company; Cindy Meiers, Administrator, Kulana Malama

Today's Long Term Care Committee at HAH was the last for Tony Krieg, who is retiring this month as the long time CEO of Hale Makua Health Services on Maui. Krieg, (in green shirt, center) has been with Hale Makua for more than 30 years, and currently serves as the vice chair of HAH's Long Term Care Committee. HAH thanks him for his devotion, hard work and service.   


Awards and Scholarship Gala RSVP Info Needed

Thank you to those who made reservations for the Oct. 29 HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala at the Ko’olau Ballrooms.  We are looking forward to seeing you and celebrating the best in Hawaii’s healthcare sector. 
Please remember to send in the names of the attendees, along with their entrée choices (beef or vegetarian).  Here is the link.
Tickets are still available for those of you who would like to attend.
  Click here to RSVP online.  Contact Gail Coleman at, or 521-8961 if you have questions or difficulty accessing the online reservation. Those of you who wish to pay via credit card please call Gina Gibo at 521-8961.
Also, those who would like to donate a Silent Auction item to benefit healthcare scholarships for Hawaii residents please contact Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra at
Thank you, and see you there!


Wine Wall at HAH Gala

New this year at the HAH Awards and Scholarship Dinner is the Wine Wall, a collection of wines that have been donated by companies and individuals to benefit healthcare scholarships for Hawaii residents.

Among the wines that attendees could receive in return for a $25 donation are a 2013 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay.

Participants get a cork with a number on it that corresponds to a bottle of wine, each of which is worth at least $25, though some are worth much more. Interested attendees should seek out the Silent Auction area at the Gala in order to view the wall. 

Thank you to Corinne Suzuka, Executive Director of CareResource Hawaii, for donating the Faust, and thank you to HAH's Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra, special assistant to the President & CEO, for donating the Duckhorn, as well as organizing the Wine Wall.


Post Acute Care Leadership Symposium

Post-acute care executives are invited to a Dec. 16 leadership symposium designed specifically for their sector.
The symposium covers leadership core competencies, as well as recruiting and retaining employees, and future healthcare trends.  Stephen Tweed and Elizabeth Jeffries, experts in business and relationship strategies, are the presenters.
The symposium starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Queens Conference Center.  Social work CEUs are pending through NASW Hawaii.
The cost is $139 for HAH members; $159 for non-members.  To register, click here
Questions? Contact Lori Henning by email at or by phone (808) 521-8961.

Community Calendar

Leadership: Moving Forward with Integration and Partnerships
Oct. 21, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Queen's Conference Center
More information

Trends in Neurological Medicine
The Queen's Conference Center
Oct. 22, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Agenda and registration
Out of the Darkness Kauai Walk
Oct. 22, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kauai Community College
More information

Speaking of Health – Understanding Epilepsy
Oct. 26, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Queen's Conference Center

Dementia Capable Care of Adults with ID (Intellectual Disabilities) and Dementia
Nov. 14 - 16, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (daily)
The Queen's Conference Center

Flyer and trainer bios

A listing of more healthcare-related education and events is available online.
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