The National Kidney Foundation of Hawai'i (NKFH) celebrated "National Volunteer Week" last week with participants from the Lions Club of Maui, the Maui Hawai'i Organ Transplant Support Group (HOT), Maui Tribe Productions and Rainbow Dialysis.
"Volunteer of the Year" awards were given to Doreen Kahaiali'i of the Maui Tribe Productions for her work on the January 2014 Uncle Willie K's BBQ Bluesfest and Kats Anderson of HOT. Both volunteers support the NKFH of Hawai'i ongoing missions to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and to increase the availability of all organs and tissue for transplantation in Hawai'i.
NKFH Programs Coordinator, Jessica Nakasone-Koki said she could not imagine hosting all the programs in Maui County without help of the Maui volunteers.
National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i Programs Coordinator Jessica Nakasone-Koki (center) participated in a celebration honoring Doreen Kahaiali‘i (left) of the Maui Tribe Productions and Kats Anderson (right) of the Hawai‘i Organ Transplant (HOT) Support Group for their volunteer work to prevent kidney diseases and increase the availability of all organs and tissue for transplantation in Hawai‘i.
NKFH also hosted the 9th Annual Da Kidney Da Kine Day on April 26, at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, where screenings were provided to the community. The free screenings detect signs of early kidney disease, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Rapidly escalating Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic (CKD) currently afflicts one in seven Maui residents.
On Maui and throughout Hawai'i, CKD is widely undetected and under-diagnosed. The leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and a family history of kidney disease. The groups most at risk in Hawai'i include Native Hawaiians, Filipinos and Japanese.
For more information, call the NKFH Maui office at 986-1900.