Caring for Hawaiʻi’s Well-Being

ʻAkaka Falls State Park – Hawaiʻi Island


Community First is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit founded by the late Barry Taniguchi in 2014 to serve as a neutral forum for the community to come together, and as a catalyst for solutions to improve health and access to health care.

Through its programs, Community First hopes to shift the model of healthcare from reactively treating disease, to proactively caring for the health of every person on Hawaiʻi Island.


A Hawaiʻi Island where we embrace our kuleana for our own health and the well-being of others.


Community First convenes stakeholders, providers and policy makers to drive initiatives to improve the health of our community.

2023 Board of Directors

Toby Taniguchi – President & Chair
Susan Mochizuki – Vice President
James Takamine – Treasurer
Martha Yamada, RN – Secretary
Kimo Alameda, Ph.D.
Dan Brinkman, RN 
Charlene Iboshi
Dr. Claren Kealoha-Beaudet
Clayton McGhan, MHA
Brandee Menino
Richard Taaffe
Karen Teshima


Randy Kurohara – Executive Director
Krystle De Los Santos – Business Manager
Kimberly Lin – Program Manager
Lisa Kwee – Project Assistant
Christina Robledo – Administrative Assistant

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