Maui Corner- Get to know our Maui Team
Posted on January 5, 2020
How long have your worked at Islands Hospice?
Since December 2017.
What do you do at Islands Hospice?
I work in the Maui inpatient unit alongside one of our hospice aides to provide the best care possible to our patients and families that come into the IPU. I also have the opportunity to work with the nurses in my IPU team as well as the office staff to keep our supplies and groceries well stocked and keep our IPU in compliance.
What is a typical workday like?
As an IPU nurse, I have the opportunity to work closely with my aide to care for patients and families that come into the hospice home. We do our best to provide excellent and personalized care to each individual based on their needs.
What is your favorite part about working at Islands Hospice?
Serving our local families and making them feel at “home.” Like a home away from home!
What are some special memories from your time working here?
I try to take with me a little something from everyone I meet. I learn something from every person, family and situation. They are all special to me. I feel like God has put me here for a reason and I don’t take it for granted.
Where did you grow up? What is your background?
I was born and raised on Maui. My grandparents are from Maui, from Hana to Waihe‘e. I went to Baldwin High School, then served in the U.S. Army for three years, then came home and went to UH for nursing school. I am a single mother of two boys. Everything I do is for them, and God of course.
What inspired you to work at Islands Hospice?
My grandma was on service with Islands Hospice before I came on. I was searching for something different, and my fellow nursing school classmate, Tanya Takitani-Apo, NP, was already working here. She helped my family and my grandma through such a difficult time, until the end. I am forever grateful!
Is there anything else you want to share with your fellow colleagues?
I love everyone and am so blessed to be part of this Maui Islands Hospice team. No place or person is perfect but we do our best every day to impact the lives of others in our community.