Kauai resident honored by health group

  • Photo courtesy Julie Ford

    Kurt Akamine receives Advocacy Award award on stage, alongside the other Advocacy Award winner, Brenda Ho of Hawai‘i Care Choices — formerly Hospice of Hilo. On the left is Hilton R. Raethel, MPH, MHA Ppresident and CEO of HAH. Right is Kathleen Libao-Laygo, RN, senior director, quality and regulatory affairs.

Kurt Akamine of Garden Isle Rehabilitation and Healthcare was given the Advocacy Award by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

Akamine has been an active member of HAH’s Government Relations Committee, and has advocated on behalf of skilled nursing facilities in Hawaii before the state Legislature and Hawaii’s Congressional delegation.

He has been a strong supporter of restoring the inflationary increase that had been taken out during the recession, and advocated for the sustainability bill that passed during the last legislative session. He also helped with the bill passing provisional licensure for speech language pathologists.

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