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Mahalo Barry Taniguchi for Your Service. You Will be Missed.

East Hawaii Regional Board of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Honors Board Member for Dedication to Improving Healthcare in Our Community

Hilo, Hawaii –– Over the weekend, Hawaii Island lost Hilo icon Barry Taniguchi. Among his many contributions to our community, he is known as an innovator of community health initiatives. Barry brought his unique perspective and dedication to improving life on our island as a founding member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporate Board in 2007-2009, a member of the East Hawaii Regional Board in 2016-2019, and the founder of Community First, a healthcare focused community action organization. Barry was involved in many decisions to advance healthcare at Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho`ola Hamakua and Ka`u Hospital, and all of Hawaii. As tributes to Barry pour in, the Regional Board and the Executive Management Team would like to offer the following expressions of gratitude for his service.

“Our hearts are heavy in learning of Barry’s passing,” said Joseph Skruch, Chairman of the East Hawaii Regional Board. “His contributions to our hospital board will be lasting. He shared his wisdom and vision for a healthy Hawaii Island in our decision-making and governance of healthcare for our region. He will be missed by us all and we will look to the life that he led as inspiration to continue improving the health of our people.”

“Our community, our healthcare system, and our hospital, are so much better because of Barry,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “He exemplified how to truly lead by example and demonstrated that we all have a responsibility to contribute to improving the greater community. While we are mourning his passing, we are also reminded of the good that one person can do for so many. Mahalo, Barry, for your vision in founding Community First and your service on our Regional Board.”


 About the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), consisting of Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital, delivers a full range of services and programs. Our three hospitals include 290 beds and over 1,300 employees. Our medical staff is comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. The region has a network of 10 outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. Hilo Medical Center functions as a Level III Trauma Center, which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state, providing 24-hour care and serving more than 50,000 patients annually. Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.

 The East Hawaii Region of HHSC is part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to:, or