Community Advisory Board

Over the past decade, the National Cancer Institute has increasingly emphasized the importance of community engagement to inform the content and approach to cancer research conducted by investigators in NCI-designated cancer centers. Community Advisory Boards (CAB) are usually comprised of a variety of cancer control stakeholders.

The UH Cancer Center CAB represents the voices of our community. It serves as an essential connection between the Cancer Center and the community, promoting an equitable bi-directional exchange of information and ideas to address the cancer burden faced by our community.


The CAB is comprised of cancer survivors, patient and caregiver advocates, research advocates, cancer care provider representatives, representatives from medically underserved groups, and members from community-based organizations.

CAB Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Support the Cancer Center in its mission to reduce the burden of cancer in our catchment area and address cancer health disparities.
  2. Advise on cancer control priorities for the community, research directions, and clinical care.
  3. Assist with dissemination of research and evidence-based findings to communities.
  4. Participate in development and execution of Cancer Center's strategic plans.


The CAB elects a Chair and Vice-Chair among its members. The term limit is two-years for each position and the Vice-Chair takes over as Chair.

Meeting Frequency

The CAB meets face-to-face every two months, and more frequently as needed. When necessary, members may participate remotely. Standing subcommittees or ad hoc work groups may meet as needed. CAB members participate in Cancer Center activities and strategic planning.


Cynthia Au, American Cancer Society - Hawaiʻi and Guam
Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine
Kevin Cassel, UH Cancer Center
Darlena Chadwick, The Queen's Health System
Rex Chang, Friends of the UH Cancer Center
Kristen Chun, The Queen's Health System
Joanne Ebesu, Oceant-it & Oral Cancer Foundation
Holly Fontenot
, UH Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
Aimee Grace, University of HawaiʻiSystem
Pedro Haro, American Lung Association - Hawaiʻi Chapter
Joanne Hayashi, Breast Cancer Hawaiʻi
Paula Higuchi, UH Cancer Center
Robert Hirokawa
, Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association, Chair
Lola Irvin, Hawaiʻi Department of Health, Vice Chair
Daryl Kurozawa, West Hawaiʻi Cancer Symposium
Wade Kyono, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health
Loic Le Marchand, UH Cancer Center

Sheree Loui, Susan G. Komen Foundation
William Loui, Adventist Health Castle
Lillian (Kehau) Matsumoto, Cancer Survivor and Advocate, ACS 2016 Hero of Hope
Nani Medeiros, Agent of Aloha
Rolanda Morgan, Susan G. Komen Foundation
Amanda Oberle, American Cancer Society - Hawaiʻi and Guam
Tawney Sablan, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
George Stewart, Compassion for Cancer Caregivers
Jeannie Stewart, Compassion for Cancer Caregivers
Karen Story, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health
Florlyn Taflinger, Hawaiʻi Department of Health
Marcus Tius, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Naoto T. Ueno, UH Cancer Center
Becki Ward
, Ward Research Incorporated
Mary Williamson, Cancer Survivor, Kauai
Nathan Wong
, UH Cancer Center Native Hawaiian Community Advisory Board
Chris Yasuma, Friends of the UH Cancer Center