Jane Ka'alakahikina Pang Secretary Program Manager
Jane Ka`ala Pang, born and raised in Pauoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawai`i; the second child of Edmund On Mock and Kay Kikua Kuba, alumni of University of Hawai`i, Mānoa, retired nurse educator, administrator, nurse case manager with LA County at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (39 yr.) with extensive clinical practice as clinical nurse specialist with acute and chronic disease management in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, HIV-AIDS, medical orthopedic rehab: spinal cord injury, adult brain injury and back pain management.
Ka`ala’s passion for nā mea Hawai`i, Hawaiian traditional arts and cultural projects recognized for her many cultural projects with numerous Nā Hana Lima No`eau awards (AOKHCC 1982-1999). As founding secretary and program manager for PIHP, Ka`ala shares her extensive clinical nursing experience as health educator, nurse clinician, case manager developing a NHPI community health educator – Pacific Islander Navigator (PIN) program grounded on cultural values and outreach health equity strategies for Hawaiians and Pacific Island communities to promote access to cultural relevant, quality health care services, prevention screening, resources and health advocacy for Polynesians, Micronesians, Melanesians. Ka`ala serves on several local, state, regional and national advisory councils as a “voice” of the NHPI Southern California communities on a variety of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and nutrition initiatives to address policies and system changes. She has been recognized by the cities of Gardena, LA County, Huntington Beach; Komen for the CURE as a Breast Cancer Advocate (2007), Inspirational Co-Survivor Advocate (2010), Ford Motor Warrior Advocate (2010); National Pacific Islander Educator Network (2005, 2050); American Cancer Society Harold P. Freeman Award 2012, for leadership, advocacy, service and contributions for an underserved, at risk communities; CA Sen. Lou Correa Community Impact Award 2013; with service recognition by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Ed Royce, Hawai`i Senator Mazie Hirono. Ka`ala & Kaiwi, married 45 years, parents of Benton Keali`ikiamoku Pang, PhD, US Fish & Wildlife Services in Hawai`i; Edmund Kamekona Pang, Avionics engineer with Boeing; daughter-in-law Wendy Dabling; grandparents to Kiana (19), Makena (17), Kalia (15) and Kalani (7), reside in Huntington Beach.
With her Native Hawaiian husband, cancer survivor, as charter members of `Āinahau o Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club (1982); help to organize a coalition of Hawaiian Civic Clubs on the continental US, the Mainland Council, Association of Hawaiian Civic Club Nā Lei Makalapua 1990; a collaborative of indigenous Pacific Islanders Polynesians, Micronesians, Melanesians with the Pacific Islander Community Council, 1991, serving as secretary and health officer. Retiring in 2003, when husband, Kaiwi developed a brain tumor with successful removal; they organized a volunteer coalition of community and faith based Pacific Islanders with Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP) to serve NHPIs in Orange County, began work with Asian Pacific Islanders Elders Coalition of Orange County, 2003-7; Aloha Seniors 2003-current) in Huntington Beach & Costa Mesa; serves as community advisor for WECARE Working to Enhance the Care and Resource for Elders, 2004, AmeriCorps program with California State University, Fullerton, Institute of Gerontology with two indigenous Pacific Islander senior volunteers. Ka`ala continues to serve on several Orange County health task forces, committees and councils as community advisor for CalOptima ARDC (Aging and Disability Resource Center); Susan G. Komen Orange for the Cure, OC and National; OC3 Orange County Cancer Coalition; American Cancer Society, Chair Asian Pacific Islander Equity Team; OCAPICA’s STRIVE “childhood obesity” Advisory Committee; American Heart Association, Asian – Pacific Islander Committee.