Celebrating Unity, Talent, and Generosity: The Annual Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii Christmas Party

Celebrating Unity, Talent, and Generosity: The Annual Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii Christmas Party

By Marygrace Matias-Dowd, PNAH Board Member

The spirit of Christmas shone brightly at the recent annual celebration hosted by the PNAH Membership Committee, held at the Hawaii Okinawan Center in Central Oahu on December 8, 2023. Joyful camaraderie intersected in a night of jubilation and giving.

The event witnessed a satisfying dinner buffet, following local style appetizers of poke and edamame, and an impressive showcase of talent. This included a special dance number presented by several PNAH members who captivated the audience with their vibrant performance.
However, the night was more than just feasting and a stage for performances. It was also a testament to the nurses’ unwavering commitment to serving their community. Embracing the true spirit of Christmas, the organization organized a heartwarming toy collection drive for underserved children.  This was the second year the organization invited the Marine Corps to partake in the festivities while gathering boxes full of toys for the TOYs for TOTs program. The outpouring of generosity was overwhelming.

In the midst of festive decorations, games, and joyful laughter, the party became a gathering of purpose and compassion, highlighting the unity and solidarity among PNAH family and friends. Stories were shared, connections were strengthened, and a sense of togetherness prevailed throughout the evening.
As the event drew to a close, the air was filled not only with the tunes of merriment but also with the resonance of kindness and goodwill. The celebration encapsulated the very essence of the holiday season — a time for camaraderie, talent appreciation, and, most importantly, selfless giving.
The annual Christmas party of the Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii was more than just a gathering; it was a celebration of unity, talent, and the true spirit of generosity that defines the essence of the holiday season.