Victor Kaiwi Pang is from Maui, Wailuku, Hawai`i born Native Hawaiian, cancer survivor with four recurrent cancers including male breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (L-eye, kidneys), oliodendroglioma brain tumor.
35 year retiree from Rockwell (Boeing, 1995) aerospace Quality Program engineer, BS in Business. Married to Jane Ka`ala, retired nurse case manager, partners with major universities including Hawai`i’s Native Hawaiian Health, School of Medicine on “diabetes, heart disease and obesity” programs, CSUF-WINCART Weaving and Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research & Training, OCAPICA-CEED REACH US community projects providing Pacific Island community breast and cervical cancer awareness, research and training activities. Has two sons, Benton Keali`ikiamoku, PhD ethnobotanist-biologist with Hawai`i, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Edmund Kamekona, Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer, a Senior Avionics Engineering Manager with Boeing. Kaiwi’s best role as “Tutu Man” a part-time baby sitter for his four grandchildren; resides in Huntington Beach, California since 1967.
A community organizer and Pacific Island advocate for over thirty five years. Charter member of `Āinahau o Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club OC (1882), founding past president: Mainland Council of Hawaiian Civic Club Nā Lei Makalapua (1990), Pacific Islander Community Council (1991), Asian Pacific Islanders Elder Coalition of OC (2002), Pacific Islander Health Partnership (2003), Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) Alliance (2007), spent four terms as Department of Commerce U.S. CENSUS appointee to the Racial Ethnic Advisory Committee (REAC, 2003-2012) and National Advisory Committee (2010-2013) for Native Hawaiian Other Pacific Islander Committee; served as Board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (2006-12) and Susan G. Komen National Advisory Council. Recipient of the Intercultural Cancer Council’s HOPE Award (2006), NHPI Carson Town Hall, Ali`i Award (2007), OCAPICA Pioneer Award (2008), Sen. Lou Correa Senior Seniors Making a Difference (2010), Hawai`i’s Ka`onohi Award (2011), California American Cancer Society, Dr. Harold Freeman Award (2012). He was recognized by the City of Garden for his leadership and community service (1993), Huntington Beach (2008), received numerous awards from the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs that includes: Ke Po`okela o Kūhio (1994), Kalaniana`ole (1999); Pualeilani (1997); Kukui Lama Kū (2012)