5th Annual Great Gatsby Gala


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5th Annual Great Gatsby Gala
 June 13, 2019 from 5pm to 8:30pm  | Honolulu Country Club
In memory of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawai'i's extends a heartfelt Mahalo to all of the sponsors, community partners, participants, and volunteers of the 5th Annual Great Gatsby Gala. Thank you for your generous support in kidney health initiatives in Hawai'i.

Brian B Lee Brian J Lee Gerard Akaka


Dr. John Henry Felix, Chairperson
Linda Wong, Vice-Chairperson
Danny Kaleikini, Dr. Lawrence Tseu, DDS, FAGD, John Aeto, and Karen Mukai

Dr. John Henry Felix
Dr. Thomas & Mi Kosasa
Elizabeth Rice Grossman, Danny Kaleikini, & Linda Wong
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The Queen's Health Systems
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka Family

Edward Enterprises, Inc.
Horizon Therapeutics
Kaiser Permanente
U.S. Renal Care

HK Construction / Harry Kim
Island Insurance Company, Ltd.
Mitsunaga & Associates, Inc.
The Kalaimoku Group
United Laundry Services, Inc.

50th State Poultry, Inc.
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
American Carpet One - Floor and Home
APTelecom, LLC
Carlsmith Ball, LLP
Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.
E'BUS Consulting, LLC
Eugene Wong, MD
First Hawaiian Bank
Hawai'i Ironworkers' Stabilization Fund
Ironworkers Union Local 625
Leighton Hasegawa
Lili'uokalani Trust
Pacific Auto Auction
The AES Corporation
UHA Health Insurance

Dr. John Henry Felix & Karen Mukai (Underwriting Sponsors)



The 5th Annual Great Gatsby Gala provided an intimate opportunity for invited guests to:

(1) Meet and honor:

Dr. Brian J. Lee, Nephrologist at Hawaiʻi Permanente Medical Group

Brian B. Lee, Consultant & Strategic Business Advisor at E'BUS Consulting

Dr. Gerard Akaka, VP of Native Hawaiian Affairs & Clinical Support at The Queen's Health Systems

(2) Celebrate accomplishments in kidney disease and prevention.

(3) Learn how your generosity expands prevention programs to delay the progression of kidney disease in Hawaiʻi.

(4) Connect with our extended 'ohana of kidney donors and recipients to hear personal stories that will inspire a collective conversation about the healthy future of our community.



Approximately 198,000 people in Hawaiʻi are at risk of chronic kidney disease at this very moment. One in five people in Hawaiʻi are affected by this disease and over 4,400 are on dialysis. Chronic kidney disease in Hawaiʻi is over 30% higher than the national average due to the diet (higher quantities of rice and high sodium foods) and genetic makeup. Asians, Polynesians, and Pacific Islanders are at a much higher risk for kidney disease than any other group.

For over 30 years, the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaiʻi has provided thousands of awareness, prevention, and treatment resources to the community with the help of generous partners that have joined together to empower our fight against chronic disease.



Dr. Brian J. Lee, Nephrologist at Hawaiʻi Permanente Medical Group

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Brian Lee, MD, is a nephrologist for Hawaiʻi Permanente Medical Group (HPMG) – the state’s largest multispecialty group practice. Dr. 

Lee also holds several administrative roles: He is a Consultant of Analytics, Research Chair of the HPMG Research and Innovation Symposium, and a member of the Grand Rounds Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lee earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Lee also completed a Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lee joined HPMG in 2003.

Dr. Lee is board certified in Nephrology, Internal Medicine, and Clinical Informatics. He is a fellow of the National Kidney Foundation and a member of the American Society of Nephrology, and an investigator with the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium. Dr. Lee is also on the Clinical Faculty of the University of Hawaiʻi, John A. Burns School of Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Lee received the Kaiser Permanente James A. Vohs Award for Quality for his innovation to address unreferred patients with kidney disease, leading to an eventual decline in dialysis rates.


Brian B. Lee, Consultant & Strategic Business Advisor at E'BUS Consulting


Brian B. Lee has been a successful entrepreneur all his life. He is a principal at E’BUS Consulting, LLC and specializes in business and estate planning. But it is because of his unique approach towards life and planning that he is sought out by some of the largest financial institutions and business schools in the country to lecture, teach and consult about a myriad of topics.

Recognized by his peers and students as the “Frank Lloyd Wright” of planning, his passion for planning is only surpassed by his unselfish desire to pass his vast knowledge by teaching others. Mr. Lee has been in the business for 40+ years and has owned his own business since 1984. He has given numerous classes, seminars and speeches over his career as well as written a multitude of books, manuals and articles - all with his unique spin and flair. He is also affiliated with numerous councils and companies, is a board member with various businesses and is affiliated with countless corporations too many to list.

In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family and grandchildren; he is active in his church, volunteers in his community and has volunteered for countless endeavors over the last 40 years. In the spirit of giving back to the community, Brian Lee has most recently partnered with NKFH to establish the education center for learning. His motto, adopted from Sir Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” is one he strives for every day and stresses the importance of giving back. With his established career and busy personal life, Brian Lee has learned the value not only of hard work but of the importance of giving back to the community.



Dr. Gerard Akaka, VP of Native Hawaiian Affairs & Clinical Support at The Queen's Health Systems


Dr. Akaka is the Vice President of Native Hawaiian Affairs and Clinical Support, The Queen’s Medical Center.  He joined The Queen’s in 2002 as the Medical Director of The Queen’s Emma Clinics (QEC).  Dr. Akaka is a Clinical Faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai‘i. 

Prior to coming to The Queen’s Medical Center, Dr. Akaka served as the Medical Director of the Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.  Dr. Akaka earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech from the University of Hawai‘i and his M.D. at JABSOM.  He also completed his intern and residency programs at JABSOM. 

Dr Akaka hopes to impact the health and well-being of Hawaiians through effective collaborations with other Hawaiian-serving organizations. The other important areas in his life are family, church and music. In each of these he seeks to “serve with humble strength”.



Questions? Please email Donations@kidneyhi.org.

Mahalo for your generous support!




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