Edna Y. Alikpala
The Volunteer for all Seasons
Edna has a long history of service in conjunction with the Filipino Community Center, dating from its initial development stages. She was the very first Secretary of the Executive Committee for the planning of the center and held a similar position with the Filipino Chamber of Commerce during the term of Lito Alcantra, who established a committee to plan for the building of a Filipino Community Center. Roland Casamina, who was appointed to chair the project, invited Edna to join the committee as its Secretary, where she served for at least seven years. After the inauguration of the Filcom, Edna took on the task of chairing the “Volunteers Appreciation Night” to honor all the volunteers that helped in “Building the Dream.” She then served as committee chair for the 2002 Mabuhay Festival and assisted in the selection committee for the caterers.
Everyone wanted Edna on their team, and why wouldn’t they? She is a phenomenal woman with a phenomenal heart. Her great knack for details and getting things done drew Eddie Flores to approach her to assist in planning the Filipino Fiesta. She served as co-chair for Food Booths for six years until the Jaycees took over the planning committee.
In 2011 and 2012, Edna represented the Oahu Filipino Community Council in the Parade Committee, which was chaired by the United Filipino Council of Hawaii under the leadership of Lynne Gutierrez. Edna and Lynne are now working together as co-chairs for the Flores De Mayo’s Cultural Village.
Edna’s commitment to the Filipino community is astounding. Her involvement with the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii spans over 25 years and is currently serving as its Vice President; previous positions with the organization include: Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Director, Newsletter Committee Chair, Scholarship Committee Chair, and Filipino Entrepreneur of the Year Chair. She was a Past President of both the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW) and the Filipino Women’s Civic Club of Hawaii (FWCCH). She was also former Vice Chair of the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii and served as its Secretary for five years. Edna also held secretarial positions for the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, Oahu Filipino Community Council, and the Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission that planned the events highlighting the 100-year anniversary of the arrival of Sakadas. She is currently Director of both the Filipino Women’s Civic Club of Hawaii and Filipino Business Women’s Association.
If you think her impressive repertoire of volunteer work ends there, think again. She also devotes her time to New Hope Oahu in its Connections Ministry, Malama Ministry, Choir Ministry, Office Ministry and Filipino Ministry.
In October of 2009, Edna retired as Secretary III from the Department of Parks and Recreation, City and County of Honolulu after 30 years of service. She is a proud mother of one – her daughter, Erica Jean A. Cortez, a financial planner in Portland, Oregon.