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Help us Honor Hawaii County’s “Recovery Rockstars” at YWCA’s Remarkable People Fundraiser June 29

In recognition of the extraordinary pandemic response effort led by two beloved island health care institutions, YWCA of Hawaii Island is doing something quite different at this year’s Remarkable People luncheon.

Instead of one or two individuals, the entire vaccination teams of Hilo Medical Center and KTA Pharmacy, Hawaii County’s “Recovery Rockstars,” will be honored at YWCA’s 12th annual Remarkable People luncheon. The event will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku‘ola Ballroom. Masks NOT required!

Tickets and table sponsorship opportunities are available at; or contact Naomi Uyemura at (808) 930-5705 or

Thanks to our Recover Rockstars Hilo Medical Center and KTA Pharmacy, we are virtually back to normal post-COVID

“After leading our County to one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation, these two groups of quiet heroes deserve to be recognized as the Recovery Rockstars they truly are,” said Kathleen McGilvray, CEO of YWCA Hawaii Island. “It is wonderful how the people of this island look out for one another in such a selfless, tireless way. We invite the community to join us in celebrating the Remarkable People of Hilo Medical Center and KTA Pharmacy.”

As soon as the COVID vaccine was made available, Hilo Medical Center and KTA Pharmacy banded together to protect our community by holding mass vaccination clinics serving everyone from kupuna to keiki. In addition to these efforts, both organizations held smaller, targeted clinics to allow for early vaccinations for first responders and advanced-aged kupuna, in addition to administering staggered booster doses to reach the different age groups. KTA did home visits to homebound people and also provided vaccinations to small businesses in our community. The availability of the vaccine became a game changer as a first step in Hawaii County’s fight against the Coronavirus.

Funds raised from the luncheon and silent auction stay in the County to ensure YWCA of Hawaii Island’s vital services are available to those who need them. These services are provided through YWCA’s three signature programs: SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT SERVICES, including the only 24-hour sexual assault hotline for the island (808-935-0677); the HEALTHY FAMILIES program that empowers families to raise healthy, well-adjusted children; and YWCA PRESCHOOL, one of the only nationally accredited, developmental preschools in East Hawaii.

About YWCA of Hawaii Island

Established in 1919, YWCA of Hawaii Island is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

To accomplish this mission, YWCA of Hawaii Island has evolved to address some of the most pressing needs of the community, focusing on:

  • Nurturing families through uniquely provided, trauma-informed counseling, advocacy, and developmental based education, establishing a love of learning through child and family focused education.
  • Helping sex assault survivors heal by responding to their call for help, providing trauma informed counseling and serving as their advocates if they pursue justice.
  • Eliminating social, economic, and physical barriers to success for women and families by delivering direct family support services and educational programs that empower them to reach their full potential within their families and in the larger community.
  • Building strong family and community connections through education, collaboration, and partnerships.

YWCA of Hawaii Island is part of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest national women’s organization with the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. Nationally, the YWCA represents 2 million women, girls and their families in the US each year. Globally, YWCA USA is a member of World YWCA, which has affiliates in over 100 countries that serve 25 million women and girls worldwide.

YWCA of Hawaii Island is headquartered at 145 Ululani St. in Hilo. Telephone: (808) 935-7141; on the web at




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