Message from President and Co-Founder

Thanks for stopping by our site! We started Breast Cancer Hawaii as a website back in 2016 to help reduce the information overwhelm that we experienced as patients navigating our own breast cancer diagnosis. Since then, we've expanded our programs based on the needs of the local breast cancer community. Today, we operate as a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit startup. 

You can find more details of our programs below, as well as profiles of our team members. 
We're continuously listening to feedback from local patients and survivors. If you have suggestions for us, we'd love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to us at 808.215.0303 or hello@breastcancerhawaii.org

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Joanne Mika Hayashi

President and Co-Founder

Breast Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

Joanne devotes much of her energy running Breast Cancer Hawaii and being involved in cancer advocacy efforts both locally and nationally.

 

As a trained patient advocate, she also volunteers with the Young Survival Coalition and Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Locally, she serves on the UH Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office Patient Advocacy Committee, Susan G. Komen Race Committee, and Hawaii Young Healthcare Professional's Leadership Team. 

On the side, she is a freelance translator for Japanese dramas, manga, and anime. During her free time, she likes cooking up plant-based recipes for her family. She loves traveling and spoiling her cat, dog, nephew, and nieces.

About Us

Breast Cancer Hawaii's mission is to improve the quality of life for Hawaii's breast cancer community by connecting them with relevant resources and meaningful support. We curate helpful resources for local cancer patients and survivors, as well as provide various avenues of support. Our programs include: 

Meet Our Team

Our organization is 100% volunteer-run. We could not carry out our mission without the tremendous contributions of our interns and volunteers.  Interns and volunteers help with everything from marketing, bookkeeping, and project management, to program execution and peer support. If you're interested in joining our team, please reach out to hello@breastcancerhawaii.org.

Lead Project Management Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Human Resource Management, International Business

  • Intern onboarding process design

  • Resource library curation

  • Online communications

Alissa Higaki

Alissa Higaki

Project Portfolio:

Skilled Volunteer: Communications and People Management

  • Grant writing

  • Intern recruitment

  • External communications

Camille Shandle

Camille Shandle

Project Portfolio:

Lead Project Management Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Biochemistry

  • Project management

  • Special events planning

  • Multimedia design

Chinatsu Takizawa

Chinatsu Takizawa

Project Portfolio:

Project Management Intern

Kalani High School

Health Academy

  • Healthy food blog writing

  • Social media strategy

Hailey Mashino

Hailey Mashino

Project Portfolio:

Marketing Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Marketing

  • Google Ads lead

  • Social media strategy

Jayna Kaopua

Jayna Kaopua

Project Portfolio:

Lead Project Management Intern

Kalani High School

Health Academy

  • UH Cancer Center liaison

  • Research studies communications

  • Health literacy training & design

  • Blog research & writing

  • Year-end giving campaign lead

Julia Tefft

Julia Tefft

Project Portfolio:

Project Management Intern

Kalani High School

Health Academy

  • Social media strategy

  • Japanese customer service

Mana Iketani

Mana Iketani

Project Portfolio:

Project Management Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Management Information Systems, Human Resource Management

  • CRM database co-lead

Rei Yamamoto

Rei Yamamoto

Project Portfolio:

Project Management Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Management Information Systems, Marketing

  • CRM database co-lead

Rose Bautista

Rose Bautista

Project Portfolio:

Database Administration Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Accounting, Human Resource Management

  • Knowledge management database lead

  • Healthy food blog research & writing

Susan Iverson

Susan Iverson

Project Portfolio:

Project Management Intern

Kalani High School

Healthy Academy

  • HEARTS for Ohana co-lead

  • Special events planning

  • CARE Closet customer service

Taylor Imano

Taylor Imano

Project Portfolio:

Skilled Volunteer: Special Events, Intern Mentor

  • Special events planning

  • Grant writing

  • Fundraising

  • Intern mentoring

Tori Kaneshiro

Tori Kaneshiro

Project Portfolio:

Lead Project Management Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Political Science

  • CARE Closet customer service

  • Events Calendar maintenance

  • HEARTS for Ohana co-lead

  • Graphic design


Vivian Chang

Vivian Chang

Project Portfolio:

Accounting Intern

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Accounting

  • Governance committee

  • Accounting system lead

  • Financial procedures writing

  • Special topics blog research & writing

  • Special events support

Wrenna Delgado

Wrenna Delgado

Project Portfolio: