Mission Statement


The goal of the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society is to enhance the general well-being of older individuals in the State of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands by:


  • Fostering public understanding and continuing education in the field of gerontology;
  • Bringing together all people concerned and interested in the challenges, issues and problems of the older adults as realized in a changing society;
  • Advocating on behalf of older people in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands;
  • Stimulating interest in gerontological research and services;
  • Encouraging professional preparation for gerontological research and services; and
  • Promoting volunteerism in the field of gerontology.




Calvin Hara, President


Calvin Hara, Executive Director and Administrator of Manoa Cottage’s care homes and skilled nursing facility returned to Oahu after 25 years of long term care experience in Northern California multi-level retirement communities. Hara was born in Honolulu and raised in Kaimuki, He strongly believes that the highest quality of care and services must be provided to kupuna. His involvement with the community includes the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise and the Kaimuki Business and Professional Association.


Kathy Wyatt, President-Elect


Kathy Wyatt is a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, and Certified Administrator of Assisted Living Facilities and Adult Residential Care Homes. She currently owns Hale Hau’oli Adult Day Care and is President of the Adult Day Centers of Hawaii. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Caregiver Foundation. She also runs a non-profit organization, Hale Hau’oli Hawaii, that is committed to meeting the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through education, resources and referrals and an adult day care.

Percy Ihara, Past President


Percy Ihara is the publisher/editor of Generations Magazine, Hawaiʻi’s only print media resource magazine for the state’s 50+ readers: seniors and their families. He is also the host of Generations Radio, on AM 690 KHNR “The Answer,” every Saturday and Sunday, informing seniors and their families statewide about important events, issues and resources to improve their quality of life. Percy currently serves as director on the boards of the Arthritis Foundation of Hawaiʻi (AFH), Financial Planners Association of Hawaiʻi (FPA), American Society of Aging (ASA), and AARP Chapter 60. He is a Member the State of Hawaiʻi’s Executive Office on Aging’s Task Force for Alzheimer’s, the Hawaiʻi State Plan on Fall Prevention, Kupuna Caucus, and Kokua Council. Percy is also the 2016 President Elect for the Hawaiʻi Pacific Gerontological Society.



Cynthia Arnold, Treasurer


Cynthia Arnold is the Vice President of Senior Move Managers and De-Clutter Hawaii. Since 2010, she has helped clients de-clutter and downsize their homes to either move to retirement communities or to age in place. Through her experiences and knowledge, Cynthia has made presentations to over 200 groups, educating them on how to downsize, tips to de-clutter and assisting in the moving transition. While she loves to speak to groups of people, she also loves the one-on-one attention she can give to her clients. Prior to this, she worked as the Marketing & Fundraising Manager with the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Chapter, and as a Catering Manager with the Ala Moana Hotel. For the last 19 years, Cynthia has coached tennis for St. Andrew's Priory and Sacred Hearts Academy. Cynthia lives in Aiea with her husband Trey and daughter Alexis (6 years old). As a family, they enjoy watching UH baseball, playing softball and tennis and enjoying time with their big Ihara Ohana.


Kelika Ishol, Secretary


Kelika Ishol brings more than a decade of caring for seniors in Hawaii and Idaho. When her grandmother became sick with Alzheimers disease, Kelika became her sole caregiver. It was through this experience that she found her passion, and decided to make a career change and commitment to help individuals and families affected by this disease. As the Director of Sales, Marketing and Resource Development at the Good Samaritan Society Pōhai Nani, her team has been responsible for positioning the community at a consistent 100% occupancy for the past year. Additionally her role in Resource Development allowed her to manage and secure donor funds in excess of 800K. She has extensive experience in sales and marketing, nonprofit management, fundraising and grant writing, community group consultation and program development. She previously served as Sales and Marketing Director for Holiday Retirement’s Chateau deBoise, and Frontier Managements, Heatherwood Retirement, both in Boise, Idaho. Past accolades include Executive Director of Windward Senior Day Centers, Koolauloa Neighborhood Board Hauula Seat, Kailua Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Alzheimers Associations multi-cultural advisory board as well as several others. She loves to Hula and embraces Hawaii’s cultures.

Sherry Goya, Executive Director


After working in the corporate office of the largest real estate company in Hawaii from 1973 to 1990 and coordinating the ERA franchise in Hawaii for three years, Sherry A. Goya, LLC was created in 1993 as a consulting company.  She utilized her experience in administration, organization, human resource, marketing, purchasing, events coordination, and writing to start her company. Since 2010, she has written articles, sold ad space, and coordinated the distribution of Generations Magazine. She is also the Executive Director of two other associations and has well over fifty clients requiring her marketing skills from newsletters, post cards, flyers, personal brochures, bulk mailing, websites, to events planning and fundraising, while owning and running Real Estate Referral Center, Inc. For fun and exercise, Sherry enjoys coaching tennis for St. Andrew’s Priory and Sacred Hearts Academy with her two daughters. She has been married since December 1976; and they also have a son, son-in-law and beautiful granddaughter.



Pamela Ah-Nee, Director


Pamela Ah-Nee is the Program Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, Oahu. Pamela joined the Alzheimer's Association in 2012 as the Director of Programs and became the Oahu Program Specialist in 2014. Pamela was a school teacher and a private school administrator for more then 20 years. Pamela was also an academic tutor for high school students with learning disabilities for 5 years. Pamela has an Essentialalz Certification in Age Related Dementia; a Master's Degree in Psychology, Family Counseling from California Graduate School and a Master's Degree in Education with an Administration Major from Oral Roberts University.


Humberto Blanco, MA, Director


Humberto has worked as a program director and project organizer for both organizations and private businesses since coming to Hawaii. He currently works as the Program Specialist for the Kauai offi ce of the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter. He also worked as a consultant for a Panamanian retreat center. He provides consulting services for individuals and businesses. His skills include program development, counseling, management and group facilitation.



Andrew Takuya Garrett, MPA, Director


Andrew has been with the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) since January 2015, first as its legislative director and now as its associate vice president of post-acute care and operations. In addition to overseeing the long-term care division of HAH, which

includes members from the skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice sectors, he leads special projects such as the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) on behalf of the association’s acute care facilities. Previously, he served as the project director of The Hawaii Healthcare Project, a public-private partnership launched by then-Governor Neil Abercrombie and healthcare industry stakeholders to design a roadmap to transform Hawaii’s healthcare system. Andrew has served on the Board of Directors of both the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (Corporate Board) and the Hawaii Health Connector, and is currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Public Health Fund committee. A proud product of Hawaii’s public school system, he graduated from Mililani High School and holds degrees in political science (BA) and public administration (MPA) from UH-Manoa. In his spare time, he enjoys walking his four dogs and coaching youth softball, volleyball and basketball in Manoa Valley.


Kathy Jaycox, Director


Kathy has made a career of building bridges. During her 41 years as an educator, this Chicago native -- a Kailua resident since 1992 -- developed many coalitions across institutional boundaries. Originally an English teacher, she moved into higher ed administration in

1980. She worked for the UH System from 1993 until her retirement in 2010, where her major bridge-building effort was the establishment of the P-20 Initiative, which united early childhood ed, K-12 and higher ed, both public and private, in an effort to improve overall education outcomes in the state. In retirement, she continues to be an organizational bridge builder. As the Oahu president of FACE, Faith

Action for Community Equity, she works with a coalition of 23 organizations to address issues of social justice. She is also an active volunteer with AARP. Getting FACE and AARP to work together on the Kupuna Caregivers bill was the highlight of her 2017 efforts. Kathy also serves on the board of the Honolulu Catholic Campaign for Human Development.


Steve Nawahine, Director


Steve Nawahine, General Manager of Kalākaua Gardens, Honolulu’s new senior assisted living community, is focused on genuine care centered around ʻohana. Throughout his career, Nawahine has been the Executive Director of award-winning skilled nursing facilities in Utah and Arizona. The O’ahu native and father of six, is happy to call Hawaii home again.



Christy Nishita, Director


Christy Nishita, Ph.D. is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawaii Center on Aging and Center on Disability Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Her focus is on improving community-based long-term care, with publications on aging in place, nursing home transitions, intergenerational programming, and health promotion. She is the consultant for the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Honolulu Initiative, fostering community intergenerational partnerships and conducting the evaluation. Dr. Nishita is also Principal Investigator for Hawaii's Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, a 3-year grant from the Federal Administration for Community Living. She is also evaluator for the Hawaii Going Home Plus project, a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant. She is the recipient of the 2016 Na Lima Kokua Award in the Research/Teaching category, given by the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. She is also Co-Coordinator for the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, From the Field section as well as member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Intergenerational Learning and Research Committee.

Eileen Phillips, Director


Eileen is a Registered Nurse having over 25 years of experience in nursing after receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Florida State University. While in various management roles at The Queen’s Medical Center, she specialized in Postpartum, Special Care Nursery, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and enjoyed teaching families on postpartum care. She is currently the Client Service Director for Attention Plus Care, a Joint Commission Accredited Home Health Care provider in Hawaii, with a focus on the Medically Fragile population, and advocates for families and individuals needing home health care. She extends her clinical practice volunteering in the community to present outreach for seniors on various topics on aging including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, End of Life Care, Kidney, COPD, Cancer, and other chronic diseases. She is also a Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance, an evidence-based program that uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce the risks for falls in older adults.

Mapuana Taamu, Director


Mapuana is an entrepreneur. Specializing in dementia, she owns and operates Memory Friends - a consultation and training service for caregivers that are caring for a person living with dementia. She is a Certified Positive Approach to Care Trainer and utilizes this philosophy to educate both professional and family caregivers. She also works part-time as a babysitter, is the content developer for

Generations Magazine and practices giving care as a CNA and Activity Leader at Hale Kuike. When she is not working, she volunteers with

various non profits including Hospice Hawaii, the District 50 Kahaluu Lions Club, Junior Achievement Hawaii, and is a member of Kokua Mau.


John A. Hau'oli Tomoso, MSW, ACSW, LSW, Director


John is the Executive Director of Tri-isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., which is a Grant-making and Grant-managing 501-C-3 serving Maui County and Episcopal Priest within the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i. Born and raised on Maui, John has an extensive education and experience, such as, since 1976, he has practiced as a Social Worker

in various public, private and non-profit sector settings and methods, including children and families, primary healthcare, public health, community organizing, resource development, environmental and conservation management. John has been appointed to and fulfilled terms on several Boards since 1984, and is on Commissions at the county and state Levels of government, currently serving a 3 year term on the State Policy Advisory Council on Elder Affairs.


HPGS 2018 Committee Chairs and Members



Scholarship - Chair Christy Nishita

Committee members - Ashley Muraoka Mamanclay, Jan Thurman and Patricia Taylor.


Membership, Nominations - Chair Melissa Mansfield

Committee members - Cynthia Arnold, Kelika Ishol


Fundraising - Chair Kathy Wyatt

Committee members -  Christy Nishita


Conference - Chair Percy Ihara

Committee members - Cynthia Arnold, Darlene Canto, Kathy Wyatt


Programs, Webinar, Continuing Education - Chair Kelika Ishol

Committee members - Steve Nawahine, Pamela AhNee


Publicity, Editorial, Website - Chair Calvin Hara

Committee members - Steve Nawahine, Melissa Mansfield, Pamela AhNee





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