Dr. Calvin C.J. Sia's accomplishments in caring for thousands of children over nearly four decades are being recognized with establishment of an endowment fund.
to honor visionary
The "Calvin C.J. Sia MD Endowment" will be used to support people or organizations dedicated to improving the health and development of Hawaii's children.
Although retired, the distinguished pediatrician is continuing to work on community, state and national levels to promote the well-being of children.
He is a "true visionary," the endowment organizers said. "His vision is one of a seamless system of health, social and educational services for children and families to ensure all children grow up safe, healthy and ready to succeed.
"His emphasis is on our youngest citizens because the early years lay the foundation for health and success in life."
Sia's many achievements include initiating Healthy Start, the Medical Home concept and Emergency Medical Services for Children, which have been adopted across the country to benefit children.
Through his advocacy work and influence, millions of federal, state and private dollars have been provided to support services, training and research related to children.
A celebration honoring Sia with presentation of the endowment will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Pacific Club, with the program beginning at 6 p.m.
Speakers will include:
Roger Drue, Kapiolani Health president and chief executive officer who oversees the Kapiolani Health Foundation, which is launching the endowment fundSharon Taba, one of the co-chairs of the capital fund committee, said $40,000 was raised in a short campaign to kick off the fund.
Joseph Sanders, executive director of the Chicago-based American Academy of Pediatrics, which has 55,000 pediatrician members
Dr. Merle McPherson, chief of the Division of Children with Special Health Care Needs in the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
"It is only the beginning," she said.
Tax-deductible donations may be made by check to the Kapiolani Health Foundation, 55 Merchant St., 26th floor, Honolulu, 96813.
Attendance at the recognition ceremony is limited, Taba said. Reservations may be made by calling her at 536-7702, extension 109. The cost is $30 per person.
Peter Adler, who has worked for years to encourage people and groups to resolve conflicts through mediation, will be honored as Peacemaker of the Year as part of the weekend Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration.
Expert in conflict
resolution to receive
The award will be presented tomorrow in a 7:30 p.m. celebration at Church of the Crossroads. Dr. Rodney N. Powell, who worked with King and other ministers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s civil rights struggle, will speak at the annual award presentation, which is open to the public.
Adler is director of the Hawaii Justice Foundation and a former director of the Neighborhood Justice Center. He also has worked for mediation in the court system with the Hawaii State Judiciary's Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is the author of "Beyond Paradise."
The foundation he now leads recently sponsored a series of panel discussions on race relations, Hawaiian sovereignty issues and reducing injustice and bigotry.
Powell, a retired physician, is a professor of family practice and community health at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.