Pink, Pampered and Proactive
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

NHCH hosted its 12th annual breast cancer awareness event called Girls Night Out (GNO) on Friday, October 5th, 2012, and had a record turnout of over 250 ladies! This year’s theme was “Get Your PINK On,” and attendees did just that! Ladies were decked out in pink clothes, pink jewelry, and pink hats!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and NHCH does our part to keep the women in our community healthy, happy and informed. This event was open to the public and offered women the opportunity to have a FUN and FREE night out to paint the town PINK! Girls Night Out is one of two annual community outreach events held by NHCH to help fulfill our mission “to improve the health status of the people of North Hawaii by improving access to care and providing high quality services at a reasonable cost.” The other community outreach event held by NHCH is a Senior Health Fair, held in May to support National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

The year’s event moved from NHCH to Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Charter School as it has grown so large over the years that we needed to find more space. Women could choose to be pampered with one complimentary experience ranging from massage, hair styling, manicures, make-up, energy work, acupuncture, and more. Several booths offered items for sale, including jewelry, shoes and make-up. Women also enjoyed complimentary dinner, breast cancer bingo, silent auction and door prizes.

Attendees were treated to a fun and educational trade show by local resources and businesses, including American Cancer Society, Life Max, The Walking Company, Dr. Stover’s Office, Premiere Jewelry, Avon, Arbonne, The Nail Lady, Cross Fit, First Community Resource Center, Kyani, doTerra Oils, Mina Pharmacy, Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii, NHCH Holistic Care Services and Aloha Natural Health (Dr. Shanon Sidell and Dr. Shannon Hudson). In addition, a variety of women’s health and wellness information were provided to Girls Night Out attendees by: West Hawaii Mediation Center, Planned Parenthood, NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center, NHCH’s Rehabilitation Services, NHCH’s Breast Health Program and bone density screenings by Foodland.

This year’s event was even more special due to the recent arrival of NHCH’s new state-of-the-art digital mammography machine and revamped Breast Health Program. The message the hospital hopes to share with Girls Night Out attendees is to be proactive and get your annual mammogram. Early detection is key in treating breast cancer, and annual mammography can help detect breast tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

The hospital’s new Breast Health Program and digital mammography machine offer patients access to the latest cutting-edge technology, a more comfortable experience, faster image analysis and on-going support, in coordination with Hawaii’s new mammography self-referral law. Thanks to a new Hawai‘i state law which took effect on July 1st, 2012, women over the age of 40, for the first time ever, have the right and ability to schedule their own annual breast-screening exam without a referral from their primary care physician.

This wonderful event is made possible thanks to the generous support of numerous people in our community: from the hospital employees who donate their time planning this event, to the local farms who donate food, to the people and companies who donate silent auction items. We thank each and every one of you for your support!

Want to know how you can help support this event? Below are three ways you can support Girls Night Out 2013:

1. Bring your friend, auntie, tutu, sister, daughter to next year’s event (Date TBD).
2. Make a cash donation or “gift-in-kind” donation to the “Girls Night Out” fund at NHCH to help support this event and breast cancer awareness in our community.
3. Offer to volunteer at next year’s Girls Night Out (i.e., bake desserts, set up, registration, etc).

For more details, volunteering information, or if you have questions, please contact NHCH’s Event Coordinator, Laurie Edmondson at or by calling 881-4425.