Your Views for December 25

HMC’s heroes

We wanted to offer some recognition, encouragement and gratitude to our Hilo Medical Center front-line and support staff champions. We have been involved and witnessed countless life-saving/life-sustaining heroics from these champions throughout the many years we have been honored in serving alongside them.


Thank you for taking such loving care of so many patients throughout this terrifying pandemic. Your bravery and professionalism exhibited is simply awesome, and all of this comes at the stress of also protecting all family members that you go home to!

Our HMC champions might feel unappreciated at times. However, know that most people out here are singing your praises!

This COVID period has not been very kind, and no words can express our thanks toward you for all the sacrifices you make each day to save/sustain lives. We definitely would not be able to survive these horrific situations without you!

Please allow us to also recognize our HMC Volunteer Spiritual Support Program chaplains — Safune Pola, John Hiduchick-Nakayama, Christian Marks and Sam and Misty Torres — for their love of helping patients and families through any crisis situation that arises.

There definitely is a light at the end of this crisis period, and we all are in this battle together!

Lloyd T. Narimatsu

Chaplain coordinator, HMC Spiritual Program

Mahalo to Kim

Mahalo, former Mayor Harry Kim, for the past four years.

Even with your health challenges, your dedication to public service is unmatched and has not gone unnoticed.

Mahalo for taking on the kuleana of the Thirty Meter Telescope protest, instead of the governor. Your leadership provided the means for the heat generated by the peaceful protest, Kapu Aloha, to de-escalate into the peaceful protest that it was.

Mahalo for providing the gravel pad for the protesters. It provided some comfort that the County of Hawaii was sympathetic to the cause and tried to make amends for past county perceived transgressions.

As an Aha Kanaka Moku O Keawe member and Hawaiian Kingdom advocate, I applaud you. Your willingness to attend our educational conferences to learn and to receive my counsel in making your decisions impressed my “snapshot” of you as one of fair play.

Mahalo for your leadership and foresight to be more protective of your Big Island constituents than the other counties and the state during this COVID-19 pandemic that started in March, and continues into Mitch Roth’s term.

It is not widely said, but your actions to protect us is noticed by those of us who have the experience to know the many challenges you faced to wade through the political mud.

Aloha, Harry Kim. I wish you well.


Robert Yamada


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