|Honoree’s Name: Charlene Kazner
Award Category: Public Health & Safety
Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:
Charlene Kehaulani Kazner is a Native Hawaiian born in Wailuku, Maui, Hawai’i, raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and currently resides in Orange County, California. She has served as a Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community volunteer, advocate, educator and navigator for COVID-19, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and obesity for over 15 years. For the last 13 years Charlene has served as a Native Hawaiian community representative on Pacific Islander Health Partnership’s Board.
Additionally, Charlene serves as the Secretary for the Mainland Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, First Vice President for `ƒÄinahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club and Board Secretary for Pacific Islander Health Partnership. Charlene taught Hawaiian history and culture at the Braille Institute for the Blind for seventeen years. She has held leadership roles on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community festivals, workshops, training sessions and public and private cultural arts presentations and has served on several community advisory boards, is the Native Hawaiian voice on several health and education committees and actively participates in civic engagement activities such as voting, census, and redistricting.
Now retired, Charlene spent over 25 years in the aerospace business with The Boeing Company. As a finance manager, she was responsible for the financial forecast of commercial and military aircraft, totaling over $3 billion annually and led a team of financial analysts spread across five different states.
Charlene generously donates her expertise in-kind to Pacific Islander Health Partnership that exceeds 30+ hours per week to various projects and operational duties and does not receive any financial compensation.