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Nareit Hawaiʻi Donates $50,000 to Support the Filipino Community Center’s COVID Vaccination Program

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Photo: Gladys Quinto Marrone, Executive Director for Nareit Hawai’i. Marrone is responsible for collaborating with the Filipino Community Center to support its efforts to expand the vaccination program statewide. Courtesy photo.

Nareit Hawaiʻi donated $50,000 to the Filipino Community Center, a charitable organization determined to see more families throughout Hawaiʻi, especially those in the Filipino and Pacific Island communities, get vaccinated from COVID-19. The donation will expand the statewide FilCom CARES vaccination program.

Edmund Aczon, Chair of the Filipino Community Center, stated, “Filipinos have been a part of Hawaiʻi for over 115 years. Filipinos are the largest immigrant group in the state and they join the growing Hawaiʻi-born Filipino community. Today one in four people in Hawaiʻi are of Filipino ancestry. Filipinos make major contributions to the state but a significant number struggle economically and many face language barriers in obtaining information and services. We welcome Nareit Hawaiʻi’s support to help us reach more Filipinos to obtain needed vaccines and resources.”

Aczon added that the FilCom CARES outreach to vaccinate residents, particularly those in Hawaiʻi’s Filipino and Pacific Islander communities, is essential to improving the overall well-being of Hawaiʻi’s population and restoring the state’s economic strength. 


Research data recently published by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health show that Filipino and Pacific Islander residents have contracted COVID at a higher rate than other ethnic groups in Hawaiʻi, but are among the lowest to be vaccinated. The Filipino Community Center is intent on reversing that trend and the $50,000 donation from Nareit Hawaiʻi will help them fulfill that objective.

Nareit Hawaiʻi Executive Director Gladys Quinto Marrone said, “We are honored to support the FilCom CARES vaccination program and this concerted community-wide effort to keep all families healthy and protect them from the spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible and stop the scourge of this virus from causing so much heartache within our communities.” 

The next FilCom CARES vaccination program takes place Thursday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu. The April 8 program will be the third in a series of vaccination drives the Filipino Community Center is planning to organize for communities on Oʻahu and neighbor islands. Other partners supporting the FilCom CARES program include the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente, the Kalihi-Palama Center and Project Vision.


Initiated in 1991, the three-story Filipino Community Center covers 50,000 square feet on two acres in Waipahu. It is the largest Filipino Community Center outside of the Philippines. The Center’s mission is to provide social, economic and education services, and to promote and perpetuate Filipino culture and customs in the state of Hawaiʻi.

Nareit Hawaiʻi represents the interests of REITs in Hawaiʻi and their participation in civic, community, and policy initiatives to benefit residents statewide, while also supporting community and charitable organizations that address social issues of importance.


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