Kaiser Permanente Celebrates 60th Anniversary in Hawaii by Recognizing Employees Giving Back to Community

Press Release
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Garrett Iha, left, Deborah L.K. Spencer-Chun and Lisa Tamashiro.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced today it will be donating $10,000 to Adult Friends for Youth in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of executive director of finance Garrett Iha. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will be honoring a total of six outstanding employees with the opportunity to donate $10,000 to a nonprofit of their choice to celebrate the health care organization’s 60th anniversary in Hawaii.

“It’s an honor and privilege to celebrate 60 years of serving Hawaii, providing quality health care to more than 255,000 members and giving back to our community in meaningful ways that promote total health,” said David Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Our employees play a huge role in helping us achieve our mission, which is why we’re giving them the chance to donate to the causes they’re most passionate about.”

Iha is being recognized for his longstanding service to the Hawaii community. He serves as a board member and treasurer for Adult Friends for Youth, an agency that promotes school and community safety by working with at-risk youth. Its outreach and intervention services, counseling, anti-bullying and violence prevention programs serve more than 300 Hawaii youth on a weekly basis, allowing them to reach their full potential. Iha has also served as a member of the Army National Guard for 30 years.

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities, supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.

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