I could either learn my speech I needed to give in front 250 people or the hula, but not both. I chose to learn my speech! This past weekend was our fundraiser for @projectvisionhawaii, a nonprofit for which I am the Medical Director and on the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board. I was honored to receive the Doctor of the Year award last year and this year I was privileged to be able to award it to Dr. Roger Eye an optometrist who has been practicing on Oahu for 50 years and gives tirelessly to our island.
Project Vision is a nonprofit organization which aims to achieve better access for healthcare for Hawai’s people. We have 3 mobile screening units (vans, swipe left to see pics of one) which travel statewide to take high quality photos inside of the eye and can help diagnose conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. We also use state of the art technology to screen children and I have been involved in writing and creating a statewide screening program for our island keiki. And, we also partner with Project Hiehie, a free mobile shower service, which serves our community by providing the basic dignity of bathing facilities and hygiene to our island’s homeless population.
So, getting back to the hula. If you saw my stories yesterday, we had amazing live entertainment and hula at our fundraiser and at the conclusion of the program, our plan was for a flash mob hula. Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to learn it, so I had to choose between learning my speech or practicing the hula. I still did the hula with others, but it wasn’t pretty! Next year will be better!
Swipe left to see pics from the 2nd annual fundraiser for @projectvisionhawaii, including one of my mother-in-law and other #bossbabe ophthalmologists I am lucky to call friends! #giveback #ophthalmologist #communityservice