Longtime Volunteer Leaves Estate Gift To Hospital and Hospice
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NHCH and North Hawai‘i Hospice will each benefit from an estate gift valued at approximately $1.5 million. The bequest was made by long-time Waimea residents Alcy D. Johnson and his wife Jacque.  

Alcy Johnson, or “Shorty” as he preferred to be called, passed away unexpectedly on June 12, 2011, at the age of 89 in Waimea.  Shorty’s wife, Jacque, passed away in 1993.  Their generosity and community support continue with the creation of The Jacqueline and Alcy Johnson Memorial Fund as outlined in Shorty’s will to benefit NHCH and North Hawai‘i Hospice. The Jacqueline and Alcy Johnson Memorial Fund, held by Hawai‘i Community Foundation, will distribute proceeds annually to each organization with 60% directed to NHCH and 40% to North Hawai‘i Hospice.

Shorty was well known throughout Waimea for his volunteer activities and dedication to community service.  He volunteered at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital starting April 11, 1996, even before NHCH officially opened in May of that year.  

“The two trees on either side of our front lobby doors were faithfully watered by Shorty. I like to think that a part of him lives on in those trees. His warm smile and positive personality made him a true Ambassador of Aloha. ‘Shorty’ was a beautiful light, and his spirit of aloha will always be an eternal part of our healing environment at NHCH,” says Arielle Faith Michael, Director of Holistic Care Services and Volunteers at NHCH.

North Hawai‘i Hospice Executive Director Katherine Ciano, MHA, RN, says “Shorty and Jacque Johnson were vibrant members of the North Hawaii community who were service minded and participated in many projects to benefit our community. It is so fitting that they chose to plan their estate in such a way that they could continue to give back to the community they loved so much.”

Shorty Johnson follows several other donors who have left a legacy through estate gifts to NHCH including:  Julia W. Rodenhurst, John and Dorothy Baird, Hartwell and Rebecca Carter, Richard Smart (Parker Ranch Foundation Trust), Lucy Kalanikumaikiekie Davis Henriques, Frances L. Pope.