Aloha and welcome to the Hawaii (Oahu) Chapter ONS Webpage!
Serving the State of Hawaii, the Hawaii (Oahu) Chapter invites you to browse our site and participate
in our events and other offerings.

2025 Manaolana Nomination


Nurse of Hope - 2025

Recognizing Excellence in Oncology Nursing in Hawai'i 

The nurse selected for the honor of representing
Hawaii’s oncology nurses will receive professional recognition
and financial assistance to attend a national ONS meeting.


Nominations may be made by co-workers, patients, families or self.
All nominees will be sent further information and an application.

Nomination form and eligibility criteria: See links below.

For more information email Nick at naina@hawaii.edu




ONS 50th Anniversary Celebration

The 50th Anniversary of ONS is in 2025, next year! Joanne Itano and Ryan Iwamoto are on the National ONS 50th Anniversary Committee and want to ensure that the experiences of oncology nurses through the years in Hawaii are represented in the national celebration.


Recently, past leaders of oncology nursing in Hawaii met to discuss thoughts, memories and accomplishments about cancer nursing and ONS for the 50th anniversary coming up next year. 

There is a Zoom meeting for those who were unable to attend and would like to contribute to the discussion for the anniversary celebration.  


The meeting is May 1, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  If you would like to participate contact: Joanne Itano at itanoj001@gmail.com.

Pictured from left to right are: Bottom row: Beth Freitas, Lori Conley, Carol Kotsubo, Elyse Sporkin, Chris Fukumoto. Top row: Sharon Yamaguchi, Carol Abrigo, Joanne Itano, Cindy Kaneshiro, Gail Smith, Diane Nakagaki, Ryan Iwamoto.

Letter from the Chapter President

Aloha and welcome to 2024 with the Hawaii Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society!

This year holds great potential for our members and the oncology community. We have several new additions to the Board of Directors, and a great selection of engagement opportunities.

I’m excited to be embarking on my term as President of the Board. I’ve been a long-time member of the ONS and the former Treasurer. I have been a long-time member of the ONS Conference planning committee and am myself a former Mana’Olana Award Recipient. My experience has shown me what value the Hawaii ONS chapter brings to the community, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited to continue the work of supporting our local oncology nurses and patients. 

Joining me this year are new board members Ali Alfaro (Treasurer), Diane Bolosan (Secretary) and Carl Pitre (Director-at-Large, Oahu).  We are fortunate to have continuing their service, Carrie Hovland (Director-at-Large, Kauai), Julie Leach (Director-at-Large, Hawaii Island), Rachel Thelen (Director-at-Large, Maui), Kristen Thompson (Director-at-Large, Oahu), Lori Conley (Past President/Dinner Programs) and Stephanie Guy (Nominations).  We also have a few nominated positions, Tara Vaughn (Web Master/Social Media), Carol Kotsubo (Archivist) and Julie Sestak (Dinner Programs).  This is the group that makes ONS Hawaii work!

Each year the ONS works hard to offer a comprehensive selection of events to enrich and grow our membership. This year we are glad to be offering multiple educational dinners and continuing education (CE) options. Another welcome addition to our schedule will be Oncology Advance Practice Provider focused dinners to engage our oncology APRN community. The pinnacle of our calendar of events, as it has been in the past, is the annual ONS Conference, to be held at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’ Olina. This year’s conference will be filled with presentations from thought leaders from around the country and from our local community. It also gives us all the chance to interact with our industry supporters.

Growing our membership is something we on the board are all committed to. ONS membership indicates a commitment to being a true oncology professional. Please connect with us! Reach out to the board and other members to let us know how we can serve you. And let those new to the islands know about this wonderful group of dedicated oncology professionals. We look forward to working with you all and advancing oncology nursing throughout the islands.

Thank you and Aloha,


President, ONS Hawaii Chapter

Contact US

 Have a question, comment or suggestion?
email: info@onshawaii.com

ONS Hawaii 2024 Conference

Save the Date! 

Dear Hawaii (Oahu) Members,

The ONS Hawaii (Oahu) Chapter's annual conference will be held in person on August 16, 2024. The event will feature vendors, door prizes, a silent auction, and an awards luncheon. For more information, please refer to the Save the Date flyer and visit the conference website to stay up to date. We look forward to seeing everyone in attendance!


Mana`olana Nurse of Hope Award

Nicholas Aina, BSN, CPHON
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Mana'olana 2024



Sharon Tamashiro, BSN, RN, OCN
Clinical Operations Manager

Oncology Research Department 

Queen's Medical Center



Oncology Nurses Month - May CE Event

Oncology Nurses Month - May CE Event

Happy Oncology Nurses Month and Nurse's Week!

Join us for a FREE CE virtual event on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 17:55 PM - 19:50 PM (HST).

Presentation by HorizonCME

Difficult Conversations and End of Life Care

Justin Baker, MD
Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care
Stanford School of Medicine
Palo Alto, CA

The first 60 attendees will receive a dinner voucher for Uber Eats!  

To celebrate, we have a lot more opportunities to give back to our members (new and existing) and our certified oncology nurses!

  1. New members will get a 25% discount if they sign up for ONS membership within 48 hours of May CE event *discount reimbursed through ONS Hawaii.
  2. The referring member will be eligible for a special prize drawing.  An email must be sent to info@onshawaii.com with the new member name.
  3. All certified oncology nurses attending the entire event will be recognized!
  4. Happy Nurses Week! Complete the entire CE event and receive a gift!

To register for this event, go to this link!


ELNEC conferences 2024



We have some exciting news! The ELNEC team would like to share with you one of our upcoming educational opportunities scheduled for spring 2024.


Come join us for our spring ELNEC Summit in Salt Lake City, UT, April 11-12, 2024, to improve your palliative care education. This ELNEC Summit includes APRN Adult, APRN Pediatric, Critical Care, Geriatric, Core, & Pediatric. All courses are train-the-trainer and held simultaneously- you must choose one. Registration is now open and discounts for early bird and multiple colleagues are available.



ELNEC will be launching a new Education/Teaching Strategies module for each course at the Summit in response to popular demand.


Please see the attached course brochure and below for more details:  


  • Register by February 10th for the Early Bird Discount
  • Multiple Colleague Discount Available (email ELNEC@coh.org for code)
  • Faculty at Schools of Nursing Discount Available (email ELNEC@coh.org for code)
  • 12 CEs+ and Train-the-Trainer Certificate
  • Visit the ELNEC website for more information about the courses. For ELNEC questions please contact elnec@coh.org



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