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You might think, given the distinguished surprise guest—U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka—and the honoree of The Queen's Medical Center's Ke Kauka Po'okela, Outstanding Physician of the Year Award—the senator's son, Gerard Akaka, MD—that the event was one for Hawaii's elite.

But it wasn't like that at all. Many spoke of Akaka's virtues, but when the doctor himself spoke, it was in humble gratitude to God, family, friends, coworkers and mentors, all of whom he gave the credit to.

About a year and a half ago, Akaka left his position as medical director of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center to become medical director of the Queen Emma Clinics (QEC). Through QEC, he feels, there is great opportunity to positively impact Native Hawaiian health, which has large disparities from other groups. He also saw the promise of providing world-class health care, not just for the indigent and Hawaiians, but for all. Another significant part of the equation would be a chance to influence residents at QEC. "I want doctors to be taught to be healers rather than technicians," says Akaka, who strongly believes that compassion plays a big part in making people well. All of these possibilities added up to an element essential to his work: passion.

Although he didn't at first choose medicine, Akaka found passion and focus when he was accepted at the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine. An internist, Akaka pushed for quality standards and productivity when he became medical director at Waianae Coast. The soft-spoken doctor credits his upbringing when the subjects of integrity and aloha are brought up. Spiritual values, he says, were instilled in him. His uncle is, after all, the Rev. Abraham Akaka of Kawaiha'o Church. Faith in God and faith based values remain foundational to Akaka.

Under Akaka, QEC has increased the number of patients served while costs have decreased. Staff at QEC has been reorganized to improve service with reduced waiting times, while assuring completion of charge tags has improved revenue.

The vision is clear at QEC: a significant impact on Native Hawaiian health, world class health care for all and doctors who learn to practice the art of medicine with aloha. That's a vision everyone can be passionate about.

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