On December 11, 2008 Master Hong was awarded the Hawaii Health Foundation Integrative Medicine Award for “bringing together different disciplines to have a positive influence on healthcare by taking a whole person approach to healing”. This award is part of the Brown-Bakken World Health Awards program which recognizes people associated with Hawaii for their health related work that has contributed significantly to the betterment of health throughout the world.
Other 2008 recipients were Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, Acting Surgeon General of the United States, the International Health Award; Mr. Robert Oshiro (posthumous), the Hawaii Health Award; and Hon. Senator Coleen Hanabusa, the Community Health Award.
Master Hong received congratulatory letters from four congressional senators and representatives of Hawaii: U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie, and U.S. Representative Maize Hirono; and from Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle. The letters praised and thanked Master Hong for his contributions to world health.
Students and supporters of Master Hong were very happy to witness Master Hong receiving his well-deserved acclaim. They celebrated this recognition coming from the medical community which included such world renown icons as Dr. Kenneth Brown, former chair of the Queen’s Medical Center, and Dr. Earl Bakken, inventor of the pace maker and founder of Metronic, the largest producer of implantable medical devices.
Congratulations, Master Hong! Xie Xie, Arigato, Mahalo, and Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the health of our community and the world!