New fundraising effort to honor Kapiolani’s Martha Smith

on "July 22, 2021 8:09 am"

We were saddened to hear Martha Smith passed away on Wednesday, March 17. She was 63 years old.

Martha was Hawaii Pacific Health Care System’s executive vice president of Oahu operations and chief executive officer of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, and Straub Medical Center.

Martha Smith explains the vision of the Diamond Head Tower at Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids 5 In 5 kickoff meeting.

One of Martha’s most significant accomplishments was development of the Diamond Head Tower at Kapiolani as a preeminent health care center for women and children. It was designed as a space that supported family-centered care for patients, families, and staff.

In the fall of 2013, Hawaii Credit Unions for Kids pledged to raise $500,000 in five years to help build the Diamond Head Tower. Martha was there at our “5 In 5” kickoff meeting, sharing the vision of the new tower and the architectural rendition of the building. In 2016, Martha led a “hard hat tour” of the tower construction site for League board and management. When Hawaii Credit Unions for Kids raised an astonishing $535,444 in less than five years, Martha expressed genuine appreciation when the check was presented, and the commemorative plaque was unveiled naming Hawaii Credit Unions for Kids as a contributing donor in the completed Diamond Head Tower.

To honor the memory of Martha Smith, Hawaii Credit Unions for Kids will embark on a special fundraising initiative to benefit Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Martha was a cancer survivor, and our goal is to raise $140,000 to purchase a breast ultrasound (US) machine for the hospital.

Hawaii credit unions have held fantastic fundraising activities in the past and we look forward to great activities for this special initiative.

Our fundraising initiative will begin on August 2 and run through the end of December 2021. During this time, we ask our credit unions to focus fundraising events in memory of Martha Smith. To assist in your fundraising, Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network created an online library of downloadable resources that includes:

  • Kapiolani Graphics and Collateral
  • Fundraising Tips and Opportunities
  • Photos of Hawaii credit union folks with Martha Smith over the years

All funds collected by Hawaii credit unions during this fundraising timeline will be earmarked for the Martha Smith memorial initiative. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Okawa Moore at the League, 941.0556, toll-free 1.888.331.JOIN, or