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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

Save the Date

Did you keep the March KIA newsletter that had the Zoom link for the April 28th KIA Networking Event which will begin at 11:30am? Here it is again, in hopes that you will join in to give a short presentation on your company and self, while listening and learning about other KIA members. If you are unable to link onto Zoom via your computer, tablet or smartphone, call in and use the passcode. A summary of those in attendance will be in the May KIA newsletter.

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KIA Membership Renewals

Mahalo to the many KIA members who have renewed their 2021 membership as of the writing of this newsletter. The KIA Board appreciates the support of individuals and companies who work, live, play or are interested in the well-being of Kakaako. Besides the April 28th KIA Networking Event, work has already begun on securing speakers for the second KIA General Membership Meeting to be held on Wednesday, August 25th via Zoom. If there are speakers or topics of interest for this meeting, email Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director at or call her at 808-722-8487.

Just a Reminder

Did you hear that starting on October 24th of this year, anyone making a call in Hawaii will be required to use “808" - - - even if it is a call to their next door neighbor? Start now to be sure all numbers in your phone’s directory has Hawaii’s area code, as well as for anyone you add from now on.

Welcome to New Member

One Pacific Realty Inc

Ed Chong

Real Estate Company

401 Kamakee Stree, #303

Honolulu, HI 96814

P (808) 791-8381


KIA News

KIA member, the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), held their “Match Day” on March 19th, where 68 future physicians at JABSOM “match” into  post-medical school “MD Residency” training programs.  This  begins the culmination of a student’s medical school journey. The long journey includes meeting and respecting their first patient in the anatomy lab, spending late nights studying, and making personal sacrifices  -- e.g., missed birthdays and holiday gatherings. There are numerous moments of wonderment, pride and respect: delivering the first baby,  seeing patients in the hospital recover, and caring for patients throughout all phases of life and across numerous settings. Future physicians across the nation, including those at JABSOM found out where they will spend the next three to five years training as MD residents.  The KIA Executive Director’s niece received the announcement that she will stay in Hawaii at Pali Momi.

This year JABSOM is ranked at #24 in the Primary Care category out of the 122 ranked schools (selected from approximately 180 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools based in the US). This is the second time in 5 years that JABSOM made the top 25 (ranking #19 in the U.S. in Primary Care in 2016). Today, JABSOM is tied with Dartmouth College (NH), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Vermont.  JABSOM is also ranked #31 in the percentage of graduates practicing in primary care fields.  In Research, JABSOM is ranked at #64 and tied with Rush University (IL).