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NHCH acting president introduction to top Waimea Community Association town meeting on Feb. 6

Kenneth D. Graham, acting president of NHCH, will be formally introduced to the community by Queen’s Health Systems President Art Ushijima at the Waimea Community Association Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at Waimea School cafeteria. The NHCH’s affiliation with Queen’s Health Systems officially began on Jan. 15.

Graham previously served as system integration advisor in the Office of CEO Ushijima. Graham supported hospital planning, clinical integration, corporate alignment, and neighbor-island health. He also provided team support for activation of The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu and the affiliation with NHCH. He is the former president and CEO of El Camino Hospital.

All are invited to to the WCA Town Meeting and there is no charge, though donations are welcome to support association activities.

Also on the Feb. 6 town meeting agenda:An emergency preparedness briefing by the County Civil Defense director

A briefing on County Council business by councilmembers Margaret Wille (Dist. 9) and Valerie Poindexter (Dist. 1)

A presentation about Ho’oNani Place, a senior day care program here in Waimea that is planning to add live-in services

An introduction of new-to-Waimea cardiologist Lawrence Derbes, M.D., who is sponsoring a “Food Is Powerful” nutrition lecture Feb. 28 at Kahilu Town Hall

An update on bi-weekly backyard composting workshops here in Waimea

An announcement about vacancies on the County CDP Action Committee

A preview of the 2nd Annual ‘Pride In Hawaiian Arts’ all-day culture and arts festival Feb. 22 at Kahilu Town Hall sponsored by the Royal Order of Kamehameha Moku O Kohala

Food pantry donations are suggested. Attendees are asked to either bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible. To support the local food pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts available), KTA Sav-a-Tape receipts and Foodland Maika’i Rewards and any extra produce such as citrus, greens or avocados are welcome. If residents are unable to attend the WCA Town Meeting, donations to the food pantry may be delivered to Annunciation Church office during business hours.

For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or Vice President Patti Cook at 937-2833, or visit