Salt Lake City Park renamed in honor of a pioneer Filipino nurse
The new Connie Chun Aliamanu Neighborhood Park in Salt Lake was celebrated today with the unveiling of updated signage to commemorate a pioneering Filipino nurse, the City and County Department of Parks and Recreation said. Honolulu.
Honolulu City Council adopted a resolution this year to rename what was previously known as Aliamanu Neighborhood Park to include Connie Chun – a nurse, lawyer, and Hawaiian State Representative who in the 1980s backed a bill to establish the Nursing Home Without Walls program to provide comprehensive home care to chronic patients. sick or disabled patients.
“There was a huge need for public health officials to start making decisions in our Hawaii State Legislature, and she was a pioneer in that,” City Councilor Radiant Cordero said, who featured the resolution, during the unveiling in a video provided by DPR. .
Chun, who immigrated from Mindanao, was the first Filipina and nurse elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives, and she served from 1980 to 1984. She was the first graduate nurse from the Philippines in the public health program of the Loma Linda University in California, and later, in 1978, graduated with a law degree from William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaii.
Chun also wrote a personal essay describing his life in the “barrios” neighborhood in the Philippines. She died at age 92 in Honolulu.
Along with Cordero, Ryan Tam, who is Chun’s nephew and chairman of the Ala Moana-Kakaako neighborhood council, and DPR staff celebrated the name change in a small ceremony.