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(L to R) Cheryl Walthall (GCA Executive Director), Joan Naguwa (Former Executive Director, HUGS Hawaii), and Emmett Kinney (GCA 2021 President)

2021 Give Back to the Community


GCA PRESIDENT IN 2021: Emmett Kinney

More than $35,000 for HUGS!

Thanks to our GCA Members' generous support and outpouring of aloha spirit, families in Hawaii who have a seriously ill child will be able to receive the support and attention they need. GCA Members raised $35,577 for HUGS as part of our 2021 Give Back to the Community program.

For 40 years, HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support) has helped to strengthen thousands of Hawaii’s families who have a seriously ill child up to age 21. HUGS provides comprehensive, long-term support to each member of the family, to ensure they don't have to face their challenges alone, including but not limited to peer support, family events, sibling support, hospital visitation, connection to local community resources, food basket distribution, and airfare assistance. For more information, visit the HUGS website:

“Mahalo to all the GCA Members and Member companies that contributed to HUGS Hawaii through this year's Give Back to the Community. You make a huge difference in improving the lives of Hawaii’s seriously ill children and their families as they endure the many emotional and financial challenges of life-threatening childhood illness.”
~ Joan Naguwa, Executive Director, HUGS Hawaii