Passion for the Lāhui Drives Diane Paloma’s Career in Healthcare, S1E2

Strong roots with agile branches and an everlasting capacity for service define Dr. Diane Paloma's path from Kamehameha Schools alumna to healthcare rising star and now President and CEO of Hawai‘i's largest dental insurance provider, Hawaii Dental Service.
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In this second episode of The Hawaii Business Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Diane Paloma, President and CEO of HDS. | Photo: Joelle Cabasa

Her ability to remain grounded in the values of hula and Hawaiian culture, while exuding an infectious curiosity and a compassionate spirit, is the indomitable magic of this local leader.

“How else can I transform to help others? How can I enable people around me to transform, think at higher levels, to think critically about the work we do?”

Dr. Diane Paloma, president and CEO of Hawaii Dental Service, shares her experience embracing “transformation” while navigating opportunities, the importance of advocating for women in the workplace and HDS’ exciting plans to celebrate 60 years of stewarding Hawai‘i’s dental care.

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