Immunogenetics Lab Renamed Hawai'i Cellular Therapy and Transplant Laboratory


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Issue 15

September 2014

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There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to weep
and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn
and a time to dance. 

-Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4-5

Save the Date:
Saturday, Dec. 6!

Our Lady of Kea`au will present its fourth annual "Christmas at Our Lady of Kea`au" concert and dinner on Saturday, December 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will feature a delicious Hawaiian plate.

Suggested donation for the concert and dinner is $15 each. Proceeds will be used to serve more people.

For tickets or more information about the benefit concert and dinner, call Our Lady of Kea`au at 696-7255.

Dungeness Crab Appetizer

From Kincaid's Restaurant

(from Ohana Style Cookbook III, a benefit for the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry)


½ pound Dungeness crab, drained

1 small onion, sliced paper thin

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

2 cups mayonnaise

1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts,  drained and chopped into ¼-inch pieces

1 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place in shallow oven-safe baking dish and bake 6-8 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs. Serve with assorted breads. 

Note: When making this dish ahead of time, do not cover with foil because the crabmeat will change color. 

Foodland's Community Matching Gifts Program 

Give Aloha: Please Support St. Francis!

During the month of September, Foodland customers are invited to make donations of up to a cumulative total of $249 (per person, per organization) at checkout to St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. Please donate to:

St. Francis Hospice - #77872

St. Francis Healthcare Foundation - #78396

Our Lady of Kea'au - #78725

Donations are accepted at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms locations. This year, Foodland and Western Union Foundation will match each donation up to a total of at least $250,000 for all participating non-profits. For more information, contact St. Francis Healthcare Foundation at 547-8030.


  Good Friends, Dinner &

A Glass of Wine  

Within a few days, foodies and those who appreciate great food and wine, reserved their tables and seats for St. Francis Healthcare Foundation's second "Good Friends, Dinner & A Glass of Wine" wine dinner at Stage Restaurant in the Honolulu Design Center on Thursday, October 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

"Many remembered the wonderful time we had at Stage last year, and when we announced the event for this year, the tables and seats went fast," said Sister William Marie Eleniki, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation president. "Thomas Sorensen, owner of the Honolulu Design Center, says his chefs are presenting a spectacular four-course dinner. We are very grateful for his gracious hospitality."

The four courses, highlighting the restaurant's creative contemporary Asian-American cuisine prepared by Chef Ron De Guzman and Pastry Chef Cainan Sabey, will be paired with wines. Also on tap for the evening are entertainment by Aaron Domingo, "Wine Glass Wishes" to support our programs, and an enter-to-win drawing.

Proceeds from the wine dinner will support the Liliha Kupuna Village, a vibrant senior community planned for the St. Francis Liliha campus.

Be sure to stay tuned for more events that you can be a part of in the future. 

In the News 

Stanley W. Hong is Aloha Medical Mission E.D.

While many people his age are enjoying retirement, Stanley W. Hong, Esq., a St. Francis Healthcare Foundation board member, took on a new role as Executive Director of the Aloha Medical Mission (AMM) in March 2014. He is also a trustee and former chair of the King William Charles Lunalilo Trust Estate.

A prominent leader in Hawaii business, civic and community affairs, Stanley said he accepted the position at Aloha Medical Mission because "I was impressed with its mission and knew many people who support the organization, including those who serve on the Advisory Board."

The nonprofit Aloha Medical Mission, founded in 1983, sends teams of volunteer doctors and nurses to medically underserved countries in the Asia-Pacific region. They provide medical, surgical and dental care in collaboration with local organizations and hospitals to address the needs of people whose health is challenged by poverty and lack of access to health care. The organization also operates the only free dental clinic in Hawaii, working out of Palama Settlement, to serve patients who can't afford dental care or don't have dental insurance.

Stanley was President of Waste Management of Hawaii, Inc. from 2001 to 2005. He was quoted in a news story in 2002 about the benefits of working. "Work is very satisfying. It keeps you healthy physically. And it also keeps you sharp mentally."

His extensive business background also includes serving as President and CEO of both the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the Hawaii Visitors Bureau (now known as the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau). Stanley also served as Vice President/Administration, General Counsel and corporate Secretary for former Big Five Hawaii company Theo H. Davies & Co., Ltd. and as an executive in Hong Kong and Asia with Davies parent Jardine Matheson & Co.  Over the years, Stanley also has served on numerous boards for public and private companies and nonprofit organizations, including Chaminade University and St. Louis School. 

Immunogenetics Lab Renamed Hawai'i Cellular Therapy and Transplant Laboratory

The Immunogenetics Lab, formerly owned by Clinical Labs of Hawaii, has been renamed the Hawaii Cellular Therapy and Transplant Laboratory (HCTTL) and is now a subsidiary of the Hawaii Cord Blood Bank. The laboratory will continue at its present location in the basement of the Weinberg Medical Pavilion on the St. Francis Liliha campus.

HCTTL provides cell processing and storage for the state's only stem cell transplant program at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women and Children, and performs the specialized tissue typing tests to match organ donors and recipients necessary for the Hawaii's organ transplant program at The Queen's Medical Center. Longtime supporters will remember that the tissue typing and organ transplant programs both got their start at St. Francis Hospital.

"This laboratory transfer, made possible thanks to a generous bequest from Mrs. Emily O. Castle, will allow patients to continue to receive treatment locally, and allows HCTTL to expand its organ and stem cell transplant capabilities in Hawaii, said Randal Wada, M.D., Hawaii Cellular Therapy and Transplant Laboratory president and medical director. He is also medical director of the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry. 

"On behalf of the Hawaii Cord Blood Bank and staff of the laboratory, we are excited and honored for the chance to provide these important services to the community, which will continue to help develop the organ and stem cell transplant programs that were originally started at St. Francis more than four decades ago by visionaries such as Dr. Livingston Wong, Dr. Young Paik, and Sister Maureen Keleher," he added. 

Support Our Lady of Kea`au's Homeless Outreach Program

Dave Martin is ready to deliver hot meals to the shelters.

Did you know...a donation to Our Lady of Kea`au can help feed the chronically hungry as well as help formerly homeless individuals learn useful farming and domestic skills.

St. Francis Healthcare Foundation's fall appeal letter, now in the mail, focuses on support for Our Lady of Kea`au's homeless outreach program.

Your contribution of $50 or more will help Our Lady of Kea`au provide a hot meal every Tuesday to homeless individuals and families with children who are living at the nearby shelters or the small boat harbor in Waianae. Your donation will also go toward teaching formerly homeless individuals how to till the earth and grow fruits and vegetables and even Chinese herbs that can be used for holistic and complementary medicine, helping them to become more responsible for their future.

Please visit our website at to make an online donation and select "Our Lady of Kea`au" from the drop down menu or mail a check to St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, 2228 Liliha Street, Suite 205, Honolulu, HI 96817. Write Our Lady of Kea`au on the "for" line.

Thanks for caring!