Hot Shots – 5/24/23

Diagnostic Lab Expands, Holds Blessing

Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. celebrated the recently completed expansion and renovation of its Kuakini location with a blessing. As the largest locally owned medical lab in Hawai‘i, DLS provides state-of-the-art testing in microbiology, molecular and toxicology. Kahu Kordell Kekoa (far right) performed the blessing that featured (from left) DLS president Mark Wasielewski; Kuakini staff Brigitte Ponce, Myrna Villaver, Vanessa Asuncion, Ashley Curry, Stella Lacuesta, Reyn Nakayama, Tiana-Lee Endo-Sumic, Aprylle Soriano, Princess Mary Jorge, Diony Benlyne Gantiga-Stroud; and Mark Bloom, DLS vice president of marketing. PHOTO COURTESY CHAD BROWNSTEIN

Grant Will Help Strengthen ‘Ohana

The Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i recently awarded Family Programs Hawai‘i with a grant for $50,000 for its Family Strengthening Center. The funding will support the organization’s mission of providing culturally, socially and economically diverse children and their families with quality mental health care and support services. Pictured (from left) are Licia Hill, vice president of operations and programs, Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i; Family Strengthening Center clinical psychologists Cheryl Andaya and Steven Choy; and Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i. PHOTO COURTESY CHAMBER COMMERCE HAWAI‘I

Keiki Day Returns To Much Fanfare

Parents And Children Together and Honolulu Star-Advertiser joined forces to celebrate the return of Keiki Day on May 9 following a three-year hiatus. More than 30,000 special edition newspapers were distributed for free at schools across O‘ahu and at select locations in downtown Honolulu featuring original artwork and stories from student winners of the Keiki Day Creativity Contest themed “Inspire Hawaii’s Future.” Gov. Josh Green (center with lei) showed his support and is pictured with, from left, PACT’s Sarah Manning, assistant controller; Chris Zwicky, program director; Melissa Cretsinger, vice president of administration; Janelle Dunkirk, assistant program director; Ryan Kusumoto, president & CEO; and Norma Spierings, chief development officer. PHOTO COURTESY PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER