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Hospice of Hilo celebrates 30th anniversary (Aug. 24)


Hospice of Hilo is inviting the public to come help celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a mahalo party 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Prince Kuhio Plaza.

The event will include games and activities for the whole family, information about Hospice of Hilo, prizes, live entertainment and cake.

“The party is our humble way of thanking the community for all the trust it has given us over the years. We truly want everyone to know we’re here for them and they don’t have to do it alone,” Hospice of Hilo spokesperson An Umamoto said.

For 30 years, Hospice of Hilo has compassionately cared for the end-of-life needs of the East and South portions of the Big Island from Laupahoehoe to South Point, Ka‘u.

Hospice of Hilo has grown from four volunteer staff members working out a small cottage on Waianuenue Avenue to an organization with 84 staff members and more than 200 volunteers, an office complex and the new inpatient care center, the 12 suite 14,140-square-foot Pohai Malama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center, the first one of its kind on a neighbor island.

“Through all the changes over the years we’ve been able to, with the support of the community, stay anchored to our core of helping individuals and families live better through our home care program, inpatient care center, bereavement counseling and pre-hospice Transitions Program,” Umamoto said.

“Hospice of Hilo exists to serve the East Hawaii community, and we are so honored to have the continued support and trust of those we serve. We would not be here today without your help and we cannot thank you enough,” Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda S. Ho said.

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