October 12, 2024 | Founder’s Park Beach

Authentic and wildly entertaining,
the Annual Luau for Health benefitting ☀️Good Health Clinic, is the Keys’ longest-running and largest Luau! It’s always a fun tropical night that also makes a difference in our community!

In 2022, a record-shattering $232,000 was raised by the
Kahuna Contest!

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Help in our mission to provide free and low-cost healthcare services to our uninsured community. Your Good Health Clinic annual sponsorship includes a certain number of Luau tickets based on your contribution level. Click below to learn more about our 2023 sponsorship levels. 


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KAHUNA: / kəˈho͞onə / sustantivo

Hawaiano para una persona sabia o importante.  A Keys Community Member who garners support for the Annual Luau for Health. Do you have what it takes to be crowned the BIG Kahuna?

Como ayuda

1/3 de sus vecinos de Keys no tienen seguro. Our Keys community is built on the fabric of locals that keep our tourist town thriving; part-time servers, fishermen, maintenance and hospitality workers that go without insurance. They rely on ☀️Good Health Clinic for their care. We rely on our Donors and community leaders like you, to keep our clinic doors open for them. 

We are NOT a community that leaves those in need behind.

Congratulations Emily Strain & Heather Paboty!


We are proud to crown the Strain-Paboty Team, real estate duo for Coldwell Banker Schmitt, the 2023 winner of our annual Big Kahuna challenge. The ladies worked hard and raised an impressive $40,631!! 

Our gratitude to our kahunas, sponsors, hard-working staff, amazing volunteers, vendors, donations, and everyone who brought this Luau to life! A special thank you to Dolphins Plus, Inc. Bayside for the perfect venue and dolphin show. Wow!

2024 Kahunas

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Michelle Bennett
Realtor, Coastal Realty of the Florida Keys

“Together let us bridge this gap to wellness, ensuring access for all, regardless of circumstance. Our mission is clear: to heal, to empower, and to uplift every individual in our community.”

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Michelle is an Ohio native who spent her childhood vacationing in Islamorada. After pursuing her teaching career in Tennessee, she knew the blue waters of the Florida Keys was where she truly belonged. In 2006 she made the move, and began working at a busy real estate office specializing in vacation rentals. In 2010 Michelle became a 3rd generation real estate agent, and is now working with Coastal Realty of the Florida Keys. Michelle as always been an active member in the community by volunteering for the schools and at community events. Michelle has been a member of Take Stock in Children and BPW.  Michelle is a busy mom of 3, teacher, realtor and interior designer. She has helped to raise nearly a million dollars for research and awareness for her daughters’ rare condition of Rett Syndrome. As a parent to a special-needs daughter she has seen first hand the strains medical expenses can put on a family. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful location with many service workers who place priority on keeping our locals and tourists happy, as well as our economy booming. However, in that passion to serve others we place our own needs on the backburner. The good Health Clinic provides a great service to the uninsured in our community, and sees that healthcare is not a privilege, but a fundamental human right. It is with great gratitude and determination that I humbly accept this nomination to run for the Big Kahuna. Together let us bridge this gap to wellness, ensuring access for all, regardless of circumstance. Our mission is clear: to heal, to empower, and to uplift every individual in our community.

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Suzanne & Lance Holmquist
Owners, Calypso Sailing

“We accepted the Big Kahuna Challenge because we believe that access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. We want to support an organization that provides healthcare to the uninsured while upholding their dignity and acknowledging their value in our beautiful community.”

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Suzanne and Lance Holmquist reside in Key Largo and have been married for 20 years. They are proud parents of three children and together manage a thriving charter operation in Key Largo and Key West.

Lance moved to Key Largo in 1988 and has been a vibrant part of the community ever since. Before settling in Key Largo, he spent many years surfing around the globe and ran dive businesses on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. For over 25 years, Lance has been involved with the Florida High Adventure Seabase, working with his various tall ships and teaching over 8,000 Boy Scouts about sailing and the ocean.

Suzanne, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, began her career as a television editor before moving to Florida. She is a former board member of Treasure Village Montessori and has been actively involved in the Key Largo community. Suzanne has served on the board of DACV for seven years and is currently its chairperson. As an active Rotarian, she enjoys contributing to the Key Largo Rotary Club’s various community projects. She also serves as the interact sponsor liaison for Coral Shores High School Interact Club and the Rotary Club. Additionally, she ran the nonprofit Project Graduation Inc., benefiting the graduating seniors of the Class of 2024.

They restored the famous African Queen in 2011 and have operated her ever since.

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Jami Horvat
APRN, Advanced Primary Care and Advanced Aesthetic Care

“I learned about the Good Health Clinic and what it offers patients in our community when I was the manager of the Emergency Department at Mariners Hospital.  I was so impressed with the care they provided for those in need in the upper Keys.  I am honored to raise money to benefit such an amazing cause” 

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Helping people is Jami’s passion.  She has been an RN for 29 years many of which were in the Emergency Department.  Jami became a nurse practitioner 10 years ago so that she could help her patients even more. She lived and worked in Miami for most of her life but 3 years ago Jami’s husband and her decided to move to Key Largo full time. One year ago, Jami was honored to become a primary care provider in the upper Keys and serve the patients in our community.  This has been the most rewarding year of her entire career and she am excited to continue help and educate my patients.

When Jami is not working, she loves to be on the boat fishing or relaxing but before they go, she likes to get a workout in.  She also enjoys spending time with her sweet chocolate labs.


Mary Houston
Houston Insurance Agency

“I decided to be a part of the Good Health Clinics’ Big Kahuna because it embodies my belief that community health is the foundation of a thriving society. Together, we can make a tangible difference in people’s lives, ensuring everyone has access to quality healthcare.”

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Mary Houston, originally from Avon Park, FL, relocated to the Florida Keys in 2013, where she has established herself as a respected figure in the insurance industry. With a career spanning back to 2002, Mary is the proud owner of Houston Insurance Agency in Tavernier, a venture made possible with the steadfast support of her husband Rex Houston, owner of Rex Air. She holds a degree in Business Administration and has earned the Certified Professional Insurance Agency (CPIA) designation, actively pursuing further professional development, including working towards the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Beyond her professional achievements, Mary is deeply committed to her roles as a devoted mother, wife, and influential business leader. Her dedication to community service is evident through her board membership at FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) and her active involvement as an ambassador in the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as a Chamber Trustee for the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Mary is also an active participant in the Upper Keys Business & Professional Women (BPW) and Upper Keys Rotary Club. She passionately supports local educational institutions such as Plantation Key School (PKS), Key Largo School (KLS), Coral Shores High School (CSHS), and various other organizations throughout the Keys.

In her leisure time, Mary finds joy in boating, fishing, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, while cherishing moments spent with her family and friends.

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Jamie & Joshua McNew
J-Kindred Salon

“We are honored to be nominated for the Big Kahuna. There is no other group of incredible humans like the ones in this community. They are ALWAYS there for one another and never skip a beat to help out their keys brothers and sisters. It truly is like one big family.”

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Joshua and Jamie McNew are two local hairdressers that established the Islamorada based J-Kindred salon back in 2017 after Irma.

They’re both passionate about their Florida Keys community they’ve called home for over 18 years.

Joshua and Jamie are parents to four amazing keys kids (Davis, Adelynn, Scotland & Levi) and are a beautiful blended family.

They love supporting other locals and spending lots of awesome time on their J-Kindred boat with good friends & family.

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Melissa  & Luke Ptomey
Owners, Island Music School & BioBenthic

“We are humbled to be nominated for such an awesome cause and to raise money for the Good Health Clinic! Thank you for the nomination, now let’s get to work!”

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Melissa Ptomey, has been a Keys resident since she moved her the day after graduating college in 2005. She is a marine scientist and research diver with thousands of dives, who knows these Keys reefs very well. She has helped with coral disease monitoring, coral damage response, coral restoration, and coral spawning gamete collection.

She has worked for notable organizations such as NOAA, Everglades National Park, More Marine Laboratory, Florida Fish and Wildlife Organization, Coral Restoration Foundation, John. G. Shedd Aquarium, Adventure Aquarium, and Monroe County Planning and Environmental Resources Department. She also spent a part of her career in human and wildlife forensic science.

She currently owns two businesses: BioBenthic (land use planning/environmental consulting firm) and Island Music School in the Upper Keys. She is the co-founder of the Florida Keys Young Republican Club, a Precinct Committeewoman for the Republican Executive Committee, member of the Upper Keys Republican Club, Board Member of the Tavernier Community Alliance, member of Keys Last Stand, member of Islamorada Community Alliance, Keys Accountability Project, and Florida Native Plant Society. She is also currently a candidate for Monroe County Commissioner District 5.

Luke is a true Keys conch and the son of retired Monroe County Judge, Regan Ptomey and assistant to Monroe County Commissioner, Sylvia Murphy, Susie Ptomey. After graduating Coral Shores High School in 2006, Ptomey went on to study Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Ptomey was awarded Islamorada Community Entertainment (ICE) music scholarships to help with college costs. While working on finishing his degree, he joined Endangered Speeches, a touring and recording band and was a studio musician for many other bands/artists.

Florida Keys residents may have seen Ptomey playing with Baga Tricks, the Stone Crabs, and other local musicians. He also has performed in Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, and the British Virgin Islands.

He is the founder and principle instructor at Island Music School in Islamorada.Luke is also a certified EMT, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighter (ARFF), and Fire Fighter at Monroe County Fire Rescue.

Melissa and Luke are proud parents of two boys and love that they get to raise their boys in such a beautiful and unique place

Nick Rodriguez

Nicolas Rodriguez
Chairman, Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District

“The greatest wealth is health, it is an honor to be nominated to be the Big Kahuna and support the Good Health Clinic in their mission to provide medical services to those in need”

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Aloha! Big Kahuna candidate Nick Rodriguez, his wife Christi, and his children Henry (14) and Alex (8) have called the Upper Keys home for over ten years. A longtime restaurant manager, Nick is currently a territory manager for US Foods in Monroe County, bringing his passions for food and people together up and down the highway, from Key West to Key Largo. His other passions include local politics and youth sports, where he has coached and refereed soccer and basketball since 2016. He is the incumbent Chairman of the Key Largo Wastewater District, Vice-Chairman of the Mark Sorenson Youth Sailing Program, and an alumnus of Leadership Monroe’s Class XXIX. Nick is honored to participate in the Big Kahuna event and looks forward to raising money and awareness for the health of vulnerable and underserved communities in Monroe Country.

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Brooke Vega
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.

In addition to my real estate work, I am deeply invested in giving back to my community. One cause that is particularly close to my heart is the Good Healthcare Clinic, which provides essential medical services to those in need. I believe that access to quality healthcare is a fundamental right, and I am honored to support the clinic in their mission to ensure that everyone in our community can receive the care they deserve

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Born and raised in the town of Casper, Wyoming, Brooke developed a deep appreciation for community, hard work, and the value of home from a young age. At 16, she embarked on a new chapter by moving to the stunning Florida Keys, where she completed my education at Coral Shores High School.

Brooke’s professional journey began at Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC), where she dedicated 18 years of service and held various roles that honed her skills in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. While at FKEC, Brooke pursued higher education and earned a Master’s in Business Administration, a testament to her commitment to continuous learning and personal growth.

In 2006, she ventured into the real estate industry, drawn to the excitement of helping individuals and families find their perfect homes. However, her focus shifted temporarily as I prioritized providing for her family with excellent health benefits, putting her real estate career on hold while she fulfilled this important responsibility.

In 2022, Brooke joyfully returned to her passion for real estate, eager to once again to assist clients in achieving their homeownership dreams. With a renewed sense of enthusiasm and dedication, she is committed to guiding individuals through the buying and selling process with professionalism, integrity, and a personalized touch.

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Violet Wahba
Owner, Key Lime Products

I am running for the Big Kahuna to support the Good Health Clinic. I lived in this community for a long time, and have seen the good work they do to help the uninsured members of this community at all ages. I am looking forward to raising as much money as I can for this great cause

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Since 2007, Violet has owned & operated her first business in town . It was a local restaurant business where she serves country and American food, breakfast lunch and dinner . It was great opportunity to meet & be a friend to lots of great locals. She enjoyed every moment.

Violet is also dedicated her time to volunteering for Key Largo School, which allowed her to interact with the youth. She had an amazing time being a chaperone for young kids and helping great teacher’s work behind the seen. She also volunteered at God’s Kitchen.

Violet’s journey has been diverse. Past engagements include serving as insurance agent (440 license) Property and casualty as well as car insurance. Resort manager, which allowed Brooke to interact with different cultures from different countries, and find solutions for any issues or problems they may face independently.

2014 is the year Violet obtained her Real Estate License. She started her journey with Free Wheeler‘s Realty and still maintains her real estate license until present.

2021, Violet become a Rotarian with Sunset Rotary Club. Assisting our great community is a passion of hers. Followed by amazing privilege being a member of the Upper Keys BPW organization.

At the present moment, Violet is operating her home and garden gift shops, Marathon Port Nautical, while waiting for The Key Lime Products building to be completed.

Outside of these commitments, She is passionate in supporting & servicing the elderly, at Crystal Heath senior house, Marr-velous Pet Rescue, and the children’s shelter.

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Kenneth Wolfe
Laboratory Administrative Director, Fishermen’s Hospital

“Next Big Kahuna: I believe in the Good Health Clinic’s mission and want to help give back to this wonderful community.”

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5 years ago Ken moved from Wisconsin to Marathon to take over the Administrative Laboratory position at Fishermen’s Community Hospital. He came with his wife: Samantha and two daughters: Autumn and Aubree. They are saved Christians and are active members of Marathon Baptist Church. Samantha is also serving the community as a Oncology nurse at Fishermen’s as well. The Wolfe family have grown to love Marathon and the and the Keys as a whole and enjoy serving our community.

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