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Jeri Gertz

Jeri has been lucky to call Hilo her home for over forty years.

In 1978, two months after arriving on the island, her composition “Semi-Precious Baby” was chosen to be included on the Homegrown III album. (Now available in free boxes at garage sales everywhere!)

Jeri’s passion for advocacy has inspired her work as a victim counselor for the Sexual Assault Support Service, Prosecutor’s office and for special education students in foster care.

Her love of the performing arts has allowed opportunities for acting, singing and directing in many island productions.

For the past ten years, Jeri has served as director for the choral group Harmony On Tap (known as HOT), a dynamic women’s chorus performing benefit concerts for local charities and social service agencies.

She takes her work seriously and herself lightly. Jeri loves the performing arts. For her, all the world’s a stage. She also loves writing, and the joy of creating a world on the page. She sings and plays music constantly. Jeri looks for the teachable and takeaway moments in life, and tries to be aware that they can happen anywhere.

Jeri chose to participate in Keiki Heroes because she is a keiki at heart. She wanted to find ways for her fellow keiki to be healthy and resilient. She looks for the light in even the heaviest of situations. She believes humor and compassion are always in there somewhere. She also loves teamwork, and appreciates input from others to make good ideas even better.



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Keiki Heroes promotes health education materials that are culturally relevant and age-appropriate to support the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of children in Hawai‘i. We believe that keiki can be heroes by helping themselves and others to adopt healthy habits to support community health.

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As of 2022, Keiki Heroes became a project under Hawai‘i Public Health Institute.