Pacific Islander Health Partnership SOV 22

Published: April 13, 2022

Pacific Islander Health Partnership

Honoree’s Name: Charlene Kazner

Award Category: Public Health & Safety

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Charlene Kazner

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 `Āinahau 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.

3 thoughts on “Pacific Islander Health Partnership SOV 22

  1. Charlene Kehaulani Kazner since 2003, has volunteered as a Pacific Islander Community Health Worker, training and providing leadership for the PINs, Pacific Islander Navigators, for not only for Orange County, but also for Pacific Islander communities throughout Southern California and across the continent, improving access to healthcare services for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Mahalo piha, Malo ‘aupito, fa’afetai lava, si yu’us ma’ase, kommol tata for your tireless effort Kehaulani for your dedication to the health and welfare of Pacific people.

  2. Charlene Kazner has been exceptional to work with. She gives freely of our time for everyone. She deserves to be honored for all her great works and volunteerism. Charlene, you are one of a kind. Thank you for your service.

  3. I Can not express enough the amount of gratitude and appreciation I hold for the willingness of this beautiful human to be there for our community. Aunty Charlene is amongst the many that have groomed me to be at the level that I am today. I am humbled for the many opportunities she has given me for which to walk in her shadow and follow in her steps. May I do you proud Mama Char.

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