Running the Race Well – Senior Adult Conference

This conference is for our senior adults and their care takers. We will be covering a plethora of topics, all related to senior adults. These topics will range from planned giving, walking through grief, transitions, caring for family members, end of life care and finishing well. We hope that you can join us for this conference on June 18-19, 2021. This conference will be held in-person at Wai’alae Baptist Church and online for those who wish to view from home.

Our keynote speakers are below:

Judy Yuriko Lee is is a partner in the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, A Limited Liability Law Partnership LLP, where her practice includes estate planning, trust administration, and estate and trust dispute resolution.  She is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where she received a Juris Doctor (summa cum laude) and a Masters of Business Administration.  She has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been recognized with a listing in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006.  She received the honor of being named “Lawyer of the Year” for Best Lawyers’ 2014-2015 Honolulu Trusts and Estates and Best Lawyers’ 2020 Honolulu Trusts and Estates-Litigation.  Judy is recognized in Chambers & Partners Private Wealth Law-Hawaii as a Band 1 ranked attorney.  Judy has been elected to the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) and is currently serving as the Hawaii State Chair of ACTEC.  Judy also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Baptist Foundation and is a director of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc.  She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law.  Judy is also a Certified Financial Planner®.

Judy is a member at Nuuanu Baptist Church where she serves on the Long Range Planning committee. She will be sharing on planned giving.

Craig Nakatsuka is a physician internist who retired after 34 years of practice at Kaiser, followed by serving as a hospice physician for 4 years, and currently serves as medical director for the Institute of Human Services.

Over the course of his last 15 years of doctoring, he has gained a vast amount of experience with care support for the elderly and those in the last stage of their lives. As “a Christian who happens to be a physician”, rather than a “physician who happens to be a Christian”, his desire is to share these experiences in supporting care for individuals and their caregivers at the end of life.



Kiyo Itokazu is a 1954 HBA grad, retired U.S. Army Chaplain, ordained minister and a loving husband to Laura and father to his three adult children. He was born in Lahaina, Maui in 1935. He has degrees from Baylor University (BA 1958), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., M.Div 1962), Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM 1973), and Long Island University (M.S. in Guidance & Counseling, 1977). Kiyo was ordained in 1962 by Elmwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He has served at churches in Texas and Aiea. Kiyo was also a member at Pacific Health Services serving Kuakini Medical Center as a Coordinator of Pastoral Services.

Kiyo will be sharing a very important message about finishing well with a Biblical perspective.



Glenn Harada is a retired minister and social worker. Receiving his Masters in Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Masters of Science in Social work from the University of Louisville in 1972. He has provided consultation with churches interested in development of ministry programs that work with senior adults, youth from the Job Corp program, marriage enrichment, food pantries, and singles programs. In 1976, he served as the coordinator for volunteer community clergy at Kuakini Medical Center’s Oncology Multidisciplinary Team. This involvement heightened his interest in the issue of grief and its implications for those who are faced with their deaths, for those who suffer the loss of loved ones and for those who cared for them as hospital staff. The issues of grief and its impact on Glenn became personal as he went through the loss of his parents, five of his siblings, close family members and friends.

Glenn will be sharing on the Grief Cycle and helping people who experience grief to understand the impact that the loss is having on their desire to reorient themselves to a new reality.

Mark Sawyer was born and raised on Oahu, with his older brother and younger sister.  A graduate of Kalani High School, he completed his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Whitworth College in Spokane, followed by graduate school at Gonzaga University.  Mark resided in Washington state for most of his adult life, marrying his wife of 40 years, Betsy, and raising his three children, Levi, Aaron, and Rachel.  Mark and Betsy returned to Oahu in 2015 to care for his mother during her final five years of life.

Mark will be sharing on caring for the elderly, from his experience with his mother.



Matt Sanders is senior pastor of Wai’alae Baptist Church. He has a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a master of arts in theology from Southwestern where he also served as a professor. Matt and his wife, Cheryl, grew up in Hawaii and lived most of their lives here. They have three daughters, Kiyomi, Ariel, and Keiko. His favorite theological topic is anything to do with the Trinity. His desire is to see Wai’alae Baptist become a disciple-making and disciple-sending church all to the glory of God. In his spare time, Matt likes to run, lift weights, and play golf poorly.

Matt will be sharing a message on being content in all situations.


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Senior Adults Conference Schedule:

FRIDAY June 18, 2021

Registration in the foyer 6 p.m. pupus will be served.

Session 1 (7 p.m.) Being content in all situations – Matt Sanders

Session 2 – Planned giving – Judy Lee

SATURDAY June 19, 2021

Registration in the foyer 7:30 a.m. breakfast will be served.

Session 3 (8:30 a.m.) Grief Share – Glenn Harada

Session 4 – Caring for the elderly – Mark Sawyer

Session 5 – My Hospice Experience – Care at end of life – Craig Nakatsuka

Lunch – Q&A panel

Session 6 – Finishing well – Kiyo Itokazu

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