Mahalo for Joining US!

Mahalo for joining us for our Na Hoa Malama virtual benefit fundraiser! Viewers enjoyed heartwarming and inspiring stories of past patients who have been previously inducted into our Hall of Heroes as well as vignettes recognizing the individuals and organizations making a difference in our community.

Every November, in recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Navian Hawaii hosts its Na Hoa Malama fundraiser to raise awareness of the valuable care hospice provides to people coping with life-limiting illnesses as well as to their families. This year, amidst the pandemic, Na Hoa Malama took on a virtual appearance while continuing to honor our partners, patients and community of care.

As the principal fundraiser for Navian Hawaii, all proceeds will benefit our hospice and integrated care programs and services. Now more than ever, the community’s support is needed to carry on our mission to bring hope, reduce fears and impact lives.

In this time of hardship and uncertainty, the Na Hoa Malama fundraiser served as a reminder that even during tough times, there are still good people, achievements and stories in our community that are worth celebrating. We were honored to sharing our story of care, compassion and our amazing patients.

2020 Hall of Heroes and Community Awardees

Every year at our Na Hoa Malama fundraiser, we pay tribute to the memories of past patients who have made a significant impact on our community. Please join us as we honor these heroes of our past during our virtual benefit fundraiser on Saturday, November 7, at 6 p.m. on Facebook LIVE.

Hall of Heroes

This year’s Na Hoa Malama will cap Navian Hawaii’s 40th anniversary with a Best of the Best Showcase highlighting just a few of the individuals who have inspired us to continue providing leading hospice and integrated care services to the Hawaii community.

Past honorees have included artists, musical legends, philanthropists, TV personalities, business owners, entertainers, a former legislator, an attorney, a teacher, and several pediatric patients. During this year’s virtual fundraiser, we will revisit the following Heroes:

James “Jimmy” Borges

Hawaii’s legendary jazz vocalist who never let his terminal lung and liver cancer diagnosis slow him down.

Diana “Mele” Carroll

A former State House Representative known for her desire to serve others.

Kala Peter

A pediatric patient who remained strong while battling Osteosarcoma and whose story inspired the Honolulu Fire Department to come together in his honor.

Community Awardees

Healthcare Organization of the Year CareSift


Healthcare Organization of the Year

CareSift helps seniors and their families navigate the health care system by giving them the different options and providing an extra source of support. CareSift was founded on the belief that families should not have to struggle finding affordable quality senior care at a time that is most difficult. With various community partners on Oahu, CareSift expanded to include all types of senior care options to accommodate every budget and level of care needed for our seniors and their families.

Community Supporter of the Year Malama Hawaii Hospitals

Malama Hawaii Hospitals

Community Supporter of the Year

Being innovative with their resources, Kevin Fung, Eric Fvitzmaurice and Dr. Reid Sakamato sought out opportunities for Oahu’s healthcare industry to receive the proper PPE to keep our frontline workers safe as they battle COVID-19. They did not imagine this passion project would garner the support it needed. After endless research and late-night conversations, they were determined to help protect our frontline heroes, donating over 24,000 face masks across Hawaii.

Healthcare Professional of the Year Craig Nakatsuka

Dr. Craig Nakatsuka

Healthcare Professional of the Year

A medical doctor for Navian Hawaii for more than four years, Dr. Craig Nakatsuka first started as a volunteer physician. During that time, he was involved with the Palliative and Pain program at Kaiser Permanente. In addition to proving the highest quality of care for Navian Hawaii’s patients, he has volunteered with various healthcare programs across Oahu and continues to serve our community. Dr. Nakatsuka is set to retire at the end of this year.

Philanthropist of the Year Roger Brault

Dr. Roger Brault

Philanthropist of the Year

A hospice pioneer, Dr. Roger Brault was one of the founders of Hospice Hawaii, now known as Navian Hawaii. He devoted several years ministering to patients in developing countries around the world as part of the Catholic Medical Mission. Dr. Brault tirelessly spent his entire career encouraging new generations of philanthropic doctors to lead with compassion and serve others. Dr. Brault later became Chief of Staff at Castle Memorial Hospital, building his legacy of unwavering devotion to enhancing patients’ quality of life.

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