Our Benefactors
     Earl Bakken retired to Hawaii Island in 1990 after an illustrious career as the co-founder of Medtronic, Inc., the world’s leading biomedical technology company.  He was soon enticed to join a small community grass-roots effort to establish a new hospital in Waimea, and within a year was chosen President of the Board of Directors.  Earl led the Board through the planning, design, construction and opening of the hospital and served as a Director for the initial years of operation. As one of the most generous individual donors to date, his gifts have been thoughtful and strategic.  Aside from his substantial monetary contributions, his vision provided NHCH with two invaluable underpinnings:  a Mission statement as a compass to continually guide the organization, and the distinction of being a pioneering model for the integration of high-touch with high-tech medicine, offered within a healing environment.
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   Parker Ranch Foundation Trust has been a major ongoing supporter of North Hawaii Community Hospital, thanks to the guiding vision and generosity of Richard Smart, sole heir of Parker Ranch.  Upon his death in 1992, Smart left the Parker Ranch, complete with his art collection, in a trust to support healthcare, education and charitable giving through named beneficiaries in the Waimea community. The Parker Ranch Foundation Trust beneficiaries include North Hawaii Community Hospital, Parker School Trust Corporation, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, and The Richard Smart Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. To date NHCH has received more than $7 million from Parker Ranch Foundation Trust. (Read more)


   Lucy Kalanikumaiki'eki'e Henriques Charitable Trust is the legacy gift that supports the vision shared by two Hawaiian women who dreamed of improving healthcare in North Hawaii.  Lucy Kalanikumaiki'eki'e Davis, born on the island of Hawaii in 1878 of ali'i heritage, married Edgar Henriques in 1898 and established a home in Waimea.  Lucy Henriques and her cousin, Lucy Kaopaulu Peabody, shared a dream to build a medical facility in Waimea.  When Lucy Peabody died in 1928, she left a 12-acre parcel of land in Waimea -- Makahikilua (where the hospital now stands) -- to her cousin Lucy Henriques. Upon her death in 1932, Lucy Davis Henriques left Makahikilua and $100,000 in her will to fulfill the dream the two cousins had shared during their lifetimes. (Read more)