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Remembering Paul Groesbeck: A Pillar of Compassion and Advocacy in Hawaii’s HIV Community

It is with a heavy heart that we remember Paul Groesbeck, who recently passed away. Paul served for 25+ years as the Executive Director of Life Foundation, Hawaii's first organization dedicated to serving people living with HIV/AIDS. His enduring dedication and tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Hawaiʻi. 


Paul joined Life Foundation at a time when the epidemic was met with widespread stigma and fear. Under his leadership, Life Foundation expanded its services significantly, focusing on providing comprehensive support to those affected by HIV. Paul was a beacon of hope, advocating relentlessly for better healthcare, access to the latest treatments, and the rights of people living with HIV. 


One of Paul's most significant contributions was his commitment to education and prevention. He spearheaded numerous campaigns aimed at raising awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS, effectively changing the conversation around the disease in local communities. Through his efforts, Life Foundation offered groundbreaking programs, including free testing, counseling, and support groups, which became models of community health initiatives. 


Paul also played a pivotal role in advocating for policy changes that benefited people living with HIV. He worked closely with local government and community leaders to improve healthcare policies and ensure that those affected by HIV had a voice in the halls of power. His advocacy was instrumental in establishing programs that are now cornerstones of Hawaii's response to HIV/AIDS. 


Paul Groesbeck’s passing is a profound loss for our community. Yet, his legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched and the substantial improvements he made to HIV care and advocacy in Hawai'i over his quarter-century as executive director. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to know him. As we reflect on his remarkable life and contributions, let us continue his mission with the same passion and dedication he exemplified every day. 

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