John Henry Felix and Mufi Hannemann named Corporate Recruitment and Honorary Chairs of 2012 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

For Immediate Release: March 2012
Contact: Leslie Lam
Phone: 808-947-5979

Honolulu – John Henry Felix, Chairman, President and CEO of the Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA), and Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, have been named Corporate Recruitment Chair and Honorary Chair, respectively, of the Honolulu Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. The signature fundraising event of the American Diabetes Association in Hawaii, it will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 7:00 a.m. (registration) to 10:00 a.m., at Queen Kapiolani Park. Funds raised will support the ADA’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

HMAA has been supporting the American Diabetes Association for the past six years. Beginning as a Silver Sponsor in 2006, and for the second year in a row it has raised its level of support to Premier Sponsor at $25,000.

"Diabetes is deadly," said Felix. "I am proud to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement. If current trends aren’t slowed, one out of three children born after the year 2000 in the United States will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. In Hawaii, the proportion is even more dismaying – about one in two. Half our kids! We have to roll back this plague!"

“Mufi Hannemann has been an incredible supporter,” said ADA Executive Director Leslie Lam. "He has served as our Honorary Chair for the past nine years, and we are grateful for his strong support and advocacy."

"Diabetes is a very serious disease," said Hannemann. "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a great way for family, friends and co-workers to help raise money to fight this killer disease as well as to get together and enjoy an informative and fun-filled morning. I will continue to dedicate my time and energy as Honorary Chair to reach out to the 113,000 people in Hawaii who have diabetes."

"There are over 20,000 Native Hawaiians in the state with diabetes. Native Hawaiians have the highest diabetes mortality rates, followed by Filipinos and Japanese," said Dr. Dee Ann Carpenter, President of the ADA's Community Leadership Board. "The current trend must be stopped."

Mike Ching, Chair of the Community Leadership Board, said, "Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. It is one of the most serious, common and costly diseases in Hawaii and across the country."

Today, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million people are unaware that they have the disease. Unless current trends are slowed or reversed, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Step Out' Walk to Stop Diabetes provides an opportunity for employees, friends and family to come together for an enjoyable, healthy activity. It's an event for anyone who wants to support the American Diabetes Association and raise critical funds to help Stop Diabetes. "We thank our national and local sponsors for their outstanding dedication to help Stop Diabetes," said Lam. For a sponsor list please visit www.diabetes.org/stepouthawaii.

To register for Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, go to www.diabetes.org/stepouthawaii. To volunteer or learn more, please visit our local website, www.diabetes.org/Hawaii, or the national website, www.diabetes.org, and please like us on Facebook! You may also call the local office at 808-947-5979. "Together we can stop diabetes," said Lam, "one step at a time."


The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or the local office at 808-947-5979.