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Nearly seven decades after opening its first location in Honolulu, Longs Drugs remains a model of dependability in an ever-changing world. Yet that same reliability has likely never been of greater worth than over the past 16 months when the corona- virus forced everyone to take their personal health more seriously.
during the pandemic,” says Jon Higa, assistant general manager for Longs Drugs/CVS Hawai‘i. “Instead, we cemented ourselves as a trusted resource for essential services, and health and wellness products.”
pany’s incentives-heavy campaign called #OneStepCloser.
to lend a hand, including Norwe- gian Cruise Line and Procter & Gamble — with the former hand- ing out 100 seven-day cruises for two to destinations that include the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe, and the latter offering a VIP trip for two
One of the best evidences of Longs Drugs’ commitment to Hawai‘i and its people is in how much community work the company does.
“Each year, we support dozens of local charities and community groups through various initiatives,” says Jon Higa, assistant general manager for Longs Drugs/CVS Hawai‘i. “In 2020, for example, we provided a grant to The Salvation Army to support COVID-19 relief services specific to hunger and raised more than $113,000 to support Hawai‘i Foodbank.”
Beyond these noteworthy efforts, the company has also provided 22 annual scholarships to high school graduates statewide through its Longs Drugs Scholarship Program, as well as supported additional nursing/PA scholarships at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hawai‘i Pacific University.
Higa notes that the company’s ef- forts in community work would not be possible without the support of part- nering organizations such as March of Dimes, The Salvation Army, Aloha Unit- ed Way, American Red Cross, and Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Hawai‘i Chapter – National Hemophilia Foun- dation.
  Thankfully, and to the relief of many, the longtime retail outlet (along with its parent company, CVS Health) has been there every step of the way — providing not only the usual grocery staples and personal grooming items custom- ers have come to know, love and depend on, but a growing number of health care products, programs and services as well.
(Top, from left) The Longs Drugs/CVS Hawai‘i leadership team includes Dr. Daniel Sabin, pharmacy manager at Longs Drugs in ‘Āina Haina; Jon Higa, assistant general manager; Fran Nakoa, district leader; and Dan Clarkson, district leader. (Above) Longs Drugs employees gather to celebrate the company’s donation to The Queen’s Medical Center. PHOTO COURTESY LONGS DRUGS/CVS HAWAI‘I
“We never closed our doors
The company’s commitment to health care and, in particular, its efforts in helping to vaccinate the population, has been commend- able. To date, CVS Health has administered approximately 23 million COVID-19 tests and near- ly 24 million vaccine doses at its pharmacies and at long-term care facilities across the country. De- spite these impressive numbers, company officials acknowledge that more must be done. To that end, they remain hopeful of getting more jabs in arms through the com-
For its part in the campaign, CVS Health plans to award 125 $500 prizes and five $5,000 give- aways for family reunions. But it’s also counting on other companies
Ever dependable, Longs Drugs/CVS Hawai‘i continues to find ways to improve the overall health and wellness of its customers.

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