Kathleen Inouye is giving a gift of warmth.
In memory of her mother, Misao Noguchi, who passed away at the age of 93 on April 17, 2014, Inouye has donated 10 hand-made beanies to patients receiving treatment at Hilo Medical Center’s Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center.
“I am carrying on my mom’s legacy,” said Kathy. Each beanie takes six to seven hours of dedication to make.
“A lot of our patients wear beanies to keep warm,” notes Julie Leach, Nurse Manager at the Oncology Center. “Kathy’s gifts are more than a donation. They are assurances to our patients that one more person in our community cares for them.”
“My mother retired with 25 years of service as a licensed practical nurse at the Old Folks Home in Ola`a and at Hilo Medical Center’s Extended Care Facility,” said Inouye. “Upon her retirement, she was asked to crochet beanies to donate to the Hilo Medical Center’s cancer unit.” When Noguchi first started work at Hilo Medical Center, then Hilo Hospital, she was a young, single nurses who living above the hospital in a pink dormitory that is now affectionately known as “The Pink Palace.” She and her fellow nurses played volleyball in the yard by the dorms.
“People say my mother had the hands of a genius because she was so good at knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafts,” said Inouye. “She taught me how to knit when I was eight years old. She always carried her needlework and, as an avid sports fan, she did her needlework while cheering on the Vulcans, Hilo High, and attending the Haili Tournament. I truly cherish and am grateful for all of the wonderful and precious hours spent with my mom as we knitted, talked and had fun together,” said Kathleen. “I am hoping to continue knitting beanies and donating them to the patients at Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center.”
Donations to Hilo Medical Center are made through the Hilo Medical Center Foundation by contacting the office at 935-2957.