‘Imi Hale, the Native Hawaiian Cancer Center Network, today received a $25,000 donation from Hawaiian Airlines as part of the latter’s ‘Time is Precious’ breast cancer awareness campaign.

This generous gift comes from nā pu‘uwai, the many hearts of the Hawaiian Airlines employees, who took up the mission to support breast cancer awareness month last October. The donation comes from proceeds from Hawaiian Airlines sales of limited edition Hawaiian Airlines/Fossil watches featuring a pink ribbon.  The watch is a reminder that every moment should be treasured.

“We are extremely proud to help raise awareness of a life-threatening disease that touches the lives of so many people in our community,” Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, director of community relations at Hawaiian Airlines, told us.

“We at Papa Ola Lōkahi are so honored that our ‘Imi Hale cancer patient navigation training program was selected as the recipient of this gift.  It enables us to continue patient navigation education and training in Hawai‘i so that patients receive timely help and support during their cancer care journey,” says JoAnn Tsark, project director of ‘Imi Hale.

“Mahalo piha to Hawaiian Airlines and its employees who, in the Hawaiian way that defines who we are, kōkua with boundless aloha.  We are humbled by your generosity.”

‘Imi Hale, a program of Papa Ola Lōkahi, is a community-based health network dedicated to cancer prevention and healthcare access among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

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