Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell (March 11, 1925 – February 12, 2016), was professor emeritus of drugs on the University of Hawaiʻi in Honolulu, and a longtime organizer within the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement.
In 1965, whereas in Chicago, Blaisdell obtained the nationwide Lederle Medical Faculty Teaching Award, and thus turned recognized to Dean Windsor Cutting, former Stanford Medical School dean and newly appointed first dean of the University of Hawaii School of Medicine.
In 1962, Blaisdell married Irene Hiroko Saito, RN, in Chicago, IL. with adopted Mitsunori as ring boy. The couple’s solely daughter, Helen Kaleleonalani Blaisdell, was born in Chicago. Eventually, the household moved again to Hawaiʻi and settled in Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu.
He returned to the University of Chicago in 1961-1966 as an assistant professor of drugs. His analysis was on experimental splenic hemolytic anemia and myelodysplasia.
In 1959, he was appointed Chief of Hematology and Research Associate on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, the place he did analysis on anemia, leukopenia, myelodysplasia in atomic bomb survivors, and adopted Mitsunori, a Japanese orphan.
In 1954-1955, he turned an teacher in pathology at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. He then returned to the University of Chicago in 1955 to finish a fellowship in hematology (analysis on iron enzymes and preleukemia), and he was appointed to the school as teacher in 1957 and assistant professor of drugs in 1958.
After an Osler medical internship on the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 1949, he served as a medical resident on the Tulane Medical Service of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1950-1954, he was within the US Army Medical Corps, as an investigator on the Climatic Research Laboratory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He served as a battalion surgeon in Korea and a medical officer (Internist, US Army 343 Army Hosp) in Koizumi, Japan and Taiwan.
A Graduate of the Kamehameha School for Boys in 1942, and a classmate of former U.S. Senator Daniel Okay. Akaka throughout World War II, Blaisdell was awarded a BA cum laude from the University of Redlands in 1945 (Class Officer, Football Team), a classmate of Warren Christopher, Secretary of State for President Clinton, and an MD from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1948.
Richard Kekuni Akana was born March 11, 1925 to Marguerite Nameleonalani Piltz and James Keli‘ikauahi Akana. His mom married William Kaha‘i Blaisdell in 1940.
Blaisdell was the co-founder of a corporation of Hawaiian well being professionals known as, E Ola Mau in 1984. He was additionally the Founding Chair, of the Department of Medicine on the University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine in 1966. He was the convener for the 1993 Kanaka Maoli People’s Tribunal, which documented U.S. abuses all through all main islands in nice element earlier than a global panel of judges, and the first organizer of Ka Pākaukau (actually, “the Table”), an ongoing discussion board for dialogue surrounding Kānaka Maoli sovereignty and Hawaiian independence.