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The news media has a powerful influence on public perception of organ, eye and tissue donation. Recognizing the role that the news media serves in our public education efforts, Legacy of Life Hawaii maintains this online newsroom to provide members of the news media with current information regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Hawaii.

Honolulu - (April 14, 2018) To celebrate National Donate Life Month, Legacy of Life Hawai'i will hold its 25th Donor Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, April 14 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms. The Tonga Sisters will perform a special tribute prior to the butterfly release.

Local singing sensation, The Tonga Sisters, who recently performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, will perform a medley of songs to honor Hawai'i’s organ, eye and tissue donors. The event will conclude with the release of hundreds of monarch butterflies in memory of Hawai'i’s organ, eye and tissue donors. The butterfly symbolizes hope, rebirth and emergence from darkness into a new life, much like a family’s experience of grief.The Donor Remembrance Ceremony honors and memorializes local organ, eye and tissue donors, provides comfort and support to grieving families and gives transplant recipients the opportunity to say ‘mahalo’ for their second chance at life. The annual event falls in line with Legacy of Life Hawai‘i’s mission of honoring and supporting organ donors and their families.

The day will consist of a quilt-pinning ceremony, a musical tribute, reflections of gratitude from transplant recipients, lunch, and a grief support workshop and end with a performance by the Tonga Sisters, followed by the butterfly release. All festivities, workshops and observances throughout the day are geared to bring honor to the donor heroes and healing to the donor families. To celebrate National Donate Life Month, Legacy of Life Hawai'i will hold its 25th Donor Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, April 14 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms. The Tonga Sisters will perform a special tribute prior to the butterfly release. Local singing sensation, The Tonga Sisters, who recently performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, will perform a medley of songs to honor Hawai'i’s organ, eye and tissue donors. The event will conclude with the release of hundreds of monarch butterflies in memory of Hawai'i’s organ, eye and tissue donors. The butterfly symbolizes hope, rebirth and emergence from darkness into a new life, much like a family’s experience of grief.

The Donor Remembrance Ceremony honors and memorializes local organ, eye and tissue donors, provides comfort and support to grieving families and gives transplant recipients the opportunity to say ‘mahalo’ for their second chance at life. The annual event falls in line with Legacy of Life Hawai‘i’s mission of honoring and supporting organ donors and their families.The day will consist of a quilt-pinning ceremony, a musical tribute, reflections of gratitude from transplant recipients, lunch, and a grief support workshop and end with a performance by the Tonga Sisters, followed by the butterfly release. All festivities, workshops and observances throughout the day are geared to bring honor to the donor heroes and healing to the donor families. 

ABOUT LEGACY OF LIFE HAWAI‘I 
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. Founded in 1987 to serve the people of Hawaii, Legacy of Life Hawai‘i’s 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 organ donors and their families. Legacy of Life Hawai‘i works closely with our island hospitals to cultivate an understanding in our diverse communities that life is worth giving.

HONOLULU (April 19, 2017) – Castle Resorts & Hotels, one of Hawaii’s largest hotel and resort management companies, has partnered with Legacy of Life Hawaii to increase organ donor registrations not only in Hawaii but also around the world. As a member of Legacy of Life Hawaii’s Workplace Partnership for Life program, Castle will educate employees, owners and visitors on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation

HONOLULU (Oct. 24, 2016) - Aloha United Way (AUW), in partnership with the Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation, donated nine Smart electric vehicles to local nonprofits, organizations all dedicated to making Hawaii a better place to live. Legacy of Life Hawaii was among the nonprofit organizations, which included: Adult Friends for Youth, Aloha United Way - Hawaii Cares, American Lung Association in Hawaii, BikeShare Hawaii, Hawaii Meals on Wheels, Kupu, Pacific Gateway Center, and Partners in Development.

Honolulu, HI – November 17, 2016 – Chase Kai Horimoto, is among 60 individuals nationally, and the only one from Hawai'i, to be honored as an organ donor in the 2017 Rose Parade. The 2017 Donate Life America float depicts a traditional double-hull catamaran inspired by Hawai'i’s Polynesian voyaging canoe, the Hōkūle'a.

The image of Chase Horimoto, who is of Native Hawaiian ancestry, will be transformed into a floragraph that will adorn the Donate Life float in the 128th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on Jan. 1, 2017. A floragraph –distinctive to the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade – is a portrait representation of an individual made with seeds and other organic materials.

HONOLULU – Legacy of Life Hawaii, the only federally designated organ procurement organization in Hawaii responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant, announced today that it will expand its services to begin recovering eye tissue from donors in June 2016.

 “Legacy of Life Hawaii is dedicated to saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue recovery, which includes cornea recovery services,” said Legacy of Life Hawaii CEO and President Stephen A. Kula, PhD. “Expanding our clinical services to include cornea recovery services will ensure local accountability and enable us to better serve the community and the families of those who have given the gift of life.”  Legacy of Life Hawaii will be one of many organ donor centers nationwide to combine donor organ, tissue and eye services as part of its clinical program.

Kaneohe, HI (April 30, 2016) – Families from across Hawaii will gather Saturday at the Ko`olau Ballrooms to celebrate their loved ones who have given the gift of life. Tai Chi instructor Cynthia Murata, whose husband was a tissue donor, will present a special workshop designed to help those who have lost a loved one balance their health while coping with their grief. 

HONOLULU - April is National Donate Life Month, a chance to thank organ, eye and tissue donors and inspire more people to donate.

A Honolulu woman is inspiring others with her legacy of life.

HONOLULU - Three organ donors were honored at the state capitol Monday for saving several lives as the country observes National Donate Life Month. Lokelani Kruse from Kauai, Jonathan Pons from Oahu, and Steven Ginoza, also from Oahu were recognized with proclamations. Their families appeared on their behalf on the floor of the Senate and House chambers at Hawaii State Capitol. 

HONOLULU -29 FEB 2016 - A new bill has been proposed that would require organ and tissue information to be taught in Driver Education courses.

Currently, those obtaining a driver's license must decide to "check the box" on whether to become an organ donor.  For many teenagers, that decision is an uninformed one, filled with misconceptions and myths.

Honolulu - April 6, 2015 - As part of National Donate Life Month, the Senate honored the families of Kekoa Nelson from Maui, Duke DeRego of the Big Island and former Honolulu police officer Jens Magelssen for their loved ones lifesaving gift.Many of the families held pictures of their loved ones.  Duke DeRego died at the age of 14.  His family says his donated organs helped three different people.

"Duke was always giving.  He was a giving young man.  This is the ultimate gift and just to know it means something -- not only to us, to our Senate, to Hawaii, is just an honor," said Shirley DeRego, Duke's mother.  "I am at a loss for words.  I'm proud of this today."

In Hawaii there are 450 people who are currently waiting for an organ donation.  The Department of Health says the demand is growing twice as fast as the supply.

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