Francine, also known as “Aunty Fran” to her patients and co-workers, began her career with Waikiki Health in 1998. She comes from a lineage of Native Hawaiian healers who taught her skills that are valued both in the Native Hawaiian and general community. Her areas of specialty are Native Hawaiian Healing, Hawaiian Cultural Education, Advocacy for Kupuna, Chronic Pain Management, and Individual and Family Counseling. Healing modalities include Ho’oponopono, Lomilomi and La’au Lapa’au.
Aunty Fran has more than 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Native Hawaiian Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Hawaii and practiced as a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital, where she introduced the first hospice care in Hawaii in a hospital. Other accomplishments include serving as CEO of Malama Ka Ohana a Pau Loa; developing programs to promote and preserve the Hawaiian healing traditions and lifestyle through providing opportunities for education, research and apprenticeship; and initiating pilot programs to integrate Hawaiian Healing with Western Medicine.
Aunty Fran is a member of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board; a member of Na Hululei Kupuna Council, serving Native Hawaiian Practitioners; and serves on the Governors Board PABEA (Policy and Advisory Board for Elderly Affairs). She has received awards and recognition from Molokai General Hospital, U. S. Department of Health, U. S. Department of Agriculture, American Business Women’s Association, and many other agencies and organizations.