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It’s a Girl! First Big Island Baby of 2022 Born in Hilo

January 1, 2022, 2:38 PM HST
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The Big Island had its first baby of 2022.

Pualena Na’au Ho’oki’eki’e Garcia-Lucero was born to Ceelyn Gali-Lucero and Jaisen Garcia at 6:24 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 at Hilo Medical Center, making her the first newborn of the New Year.

She weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces and measured 20.25 inches, according to an email from HMC.

Jody Bergfeld and Anna Golden-Ka’au’a were the nurses who cared for the family. Also pictured in the lead photo with the family is nurse manager Caitlyn Brock.

Representatives for Kona Community Hospital and North Hawaii Community Hospital said by midday Saturday that no babies were born at their facilities on the first day of the new year.

Pualena Na’au Ho’oki’eki’e Garcia-Lucero was born to Ceelyn Gali-Lucero and Jaisen Garcia at 6:24 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Photo courtesy Hilo Medical Center

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