Legacy of Life Hawai`i celebrates 30 years

This month, Legacy of Life Hawai`i celebrates 30 years of saving lives through organ and tissue donation. On July 16, 1987, Legacy of Life Hawai`i was established by the US Health Resources and Human Services Administration as the state’s only federally designated organization authorized to recover organs for transplant. Since that time, the nonprofit organization has worked to coordinate life-saving and life-restoring transplants for those on the transplant waiting list, while supporting the generous donors and their families who have given the gift of life.   

A few years ago, Legacy of Life Hawai`i asked me and my then KHON coanchor, Ron, to support its mission by posing for a poster that would hang in all Oahu DMV offices, encouraging drivers to check the box “yes” on organ donation. What an honor! For decades, I have checked “yes” so this fit my personal belief.

Ron and me in the Legacy of Life poster, 2014
The poster at a DMV office.

In 2007, Legacy of Life Hawai`i launched its Family Services program with grant funding from the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation to provide family members of organ and tissue donors with support and opportunities to heal following the death of a loved one.

Through the organization’s public education efforts, legislative advocacy, outreach and visibility the number of registered organ donors in Hawai`i has increased from 12 percent in 1991 to 61 percent today. 

Since its founding, Legacy of Life Hawai`i has coordinated lifesaving transplants for approximately 1,500 people in Hawai`i. Thousands more on the waiting list across the U.S. have received life-saving organs and life-restoring cornea, skin, bone, heart valves and tissue through the selflessness of Hawai`i’s organ/tissue donors.

Legacy of Life Hawai`i is a nonprofit organization and the only organization in Hawai`i federally designated to recover organs and tissue for transplant. Its mission is to save and enhance lives through recovering organs and tissue for transplant, encourage organ donation through community outreach and education, and honor and support donor families.

Legacy of Life Hawai`i works closely with Hawai`i hospitals to cultivate an understanding in our diverse communities that life is worth giving. Legacy of Life Hawai`i is located on the campus of the Kuakini Medical Center in the Physicians’ Office Tower, Suite 810, 405 North Kuakini Street, Honolulu, HI 96817. More at http://www.legacyoflifehawaii.org.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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