Hawaii Red Cross honors volunteers and community heroes

A special group of people were celebrated with high honors in Waikiki. 
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) –

A special group of people were celebrated with high honors in Waikiki.

On Saturday the Hawaii Red Cross hosted its 2017 Centennial Heroes Breakfast at the Waikiki Beach Marriott.

Volunteers were recognized for their courageous and selfless acts to help the agency’s mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering.

Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell helped with the tribute.

Among the honorees was the founder of the Hawaii Red Cross, Alfred L. Castle.

Some volunteers have been serving for decades.

“Its just part of life, you do something and you do it because you want to, you think it’s the right thing to do,” said LeBurta Atherton, who was honored as this year’s Red Cross centennial hero.

“Like LeBurta Atherton, she is 100 years young, I cannot believe that she was a Gray Lady during World War II and she’s been with us ever since,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region CEO.

Volunteer of the Year awards went to Kerri Scott, Elaine Olson, Anthony Colombo and Bob Robertson.

Community heroes included Ken Lee, posthumously, and Maggie Edwards.

Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum and Shawn Ching served as the emcees for the event.

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