Charlene Kazner is a Native Hawaiian born in Wailuku, Maui, Hawai’i, raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i and now resides in Garden Grove, California. She is a board member of Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP) and a Native Hawaiian Health Navigator and Educator for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
She has participated in health care workshops educating women in clinical breast awareness and breast health, diabetes, obesity and heart disease She has been a member of the Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (WINCART) Advisory Group. WINCART promotes cancer education, research and training among Pacific Islanders, with the goal of reducing disparities in cancer incidence and mortality among Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Tongans, Marshallese and Chamorros.
She is currently the Native Hawaiian liaison for PIHPs outreach projects. Charlene is the Immediate Past President of `Āinahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club, a national organization of over 65 clubs, whose mission is to practice and perpetuate the traditions, beliefs, language and arts of the indigenous people of Hawai’i and participate in civic engagement at the local, state and national levels. She has held leadership roles on several Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community festivals, public and private cultural arts presentations, Hawaiian language classes, and teaches Hawaiian history and culture at the Braille Institute for the Blind in Anaheim. Charlene spent over 25 years in the aerospace business with The Boeing Company. As a finance manager, she was responsible for the financial forecast of commercial aircraft, totaling over $3 billion annually. She led a team of financial analysts spread across the nation.