Our credentials

All Aloha Kidney classes are taught by a kidney specialist (nephrologist). CKD navigators are MDs or RNs, each with more than 20 years experience in caring for those with kidney disease.

CKD Navigation - by experienced RN or MD for:

  • Patients
  • Doctors
  • MD office staff
  • Hospital discharge planners
  • Dialysis units

2 of our Inspirational Patient Volunteers

Mahalo nui to our Valued Volunteer Guest Speakers - March 2016

Wendy Reeves, an O'ahu local who has been a loyal, committed, articulate volunteer at every Choices class for years.  She shares her journey with CKD, acute kidney failure, transition to peritoneal dialysis, and her life now after a kidney transplant from her sister, for the benefit of all present.

Carrie Mukaida, Masters of Science, Registered and Licensed Dietitian experienced in many areas of practice in dietetics, including 40 + years as a Kaiser CKD dietitian. Passion fruit is her favorite fruit flavor.  She loves trying different ethnic (but not necessarily bizarre) foods.  As a caregiver herself, she has great empathy and compassion for caregivers and those living with chronic illnesses. 

Vicky Chaffin, a Registered Dietitian at Queens since 2003, provides ICU and Transplant nutrition care.  She is a certified nutrition support clinician and kidney nutrition specialist.  Originally from Glasgow Scotland, she grew up in San Diego - trained at Green Hospital Scripp's Clinic. She loves theater (musicals and plays)!

Antonio Richardson, a passionate and animated Choices class volunteer for years. He shares the wealth of knowledge he gained through his transition to kidney failure, spending 7 years on in center hemodialysis, then receiving a deceased donor kidney transplant.  

Sherry Languille RN, a longtime hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurse, who generously volunteers to facilitate web-based Aloha Kidney classes in Maui.  She is an invaluable caring, knowledgeable and experienced resource for those with CKD living on the island of Maui.

Vern Webb RN, a nurse with experience in dialysis 

as a nurse, educator, facility manager, and clinical coordinator.  He has seen first hand the positive impact of Aloha Kidney on those who transition to dialysis and he often comes to Saturday classes to be a resource for you.  

Aloha Kidney 

Judy Mikami RN, MPH an advocate for the education and care of so many on Moloka'i through her efforts with Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Center and beyond.  She was instrumental in web classes for Aloha Kidney coming to fruition and hosting these classes on Moloka'i.

Ku'ulei Alama-Francis RN has many years experience in CCU, ICU, palliative care, hospice and caring for those with chronic kidney disease. As a CKD navigator, she works with Dr. Wong to assist patients, doctors or office staff in helping patients get to the next step on their chosen path.

Ramona Wong MD, a Honolulu nephrologist who created Aloha Kidney and retired her practice to provide expert, unbiased, no cost education as a public health outreach effort for those in Hawaii and beyond, who are interested in, at risk for, or have Chronic Kidney Disease.

Our Team

Welcome to Aloha Kidney

Kidney Disease           Education if:

- Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or

- Excess urine protein, or

- Want to prevent CKD, or

- At risk for CKD due to obesity, diabetes, high BP, prior heart attack, stroke, PAD, prior acute kidney injury, stones, family with CKD, etc


Posted 8/11/17

New location for Aloha Kidney in Hilo.  

East Hawaii IPA Center

670 Ponahawai St., Suite #117 (Lower Level)

Corner of Ponahawai and Komohana St.s

No longer at HMSA Center Hilo

Po​​​​​sted 7/20/17

Looking for a volunteer to help in class at Queens West for September series.  Please contact us if interested.






Renee Masuyama RN, a longtime hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurse in Hilo generously volunteers to facilitate web-based Aloha Kidney classes in Hilo.  She is an invaluable, knowledgeable, caring and experienced resource for those with CKD living on the Big Island.

Your understanding is our goal

Since you are the one that decides what to eat, do, think and feel, you are a co-creator of your bodily existence.

Understanding the rules of the body allows you to mindfully nudge yourself towards health or nudge yourself towards chronic disease. Many have developed chronic diseases like obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic kidney disease (CKD), stroke, or circulation problems to their limbs due to not fully understanding and embracing the bodily impact of their daily choices. 

It's never too early or too late to learn, there's so much of your body, health and life to enjoy, appreciate and protect. Come learn with us and you can live mindfully ever after!