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Dr. Barry Blum Barry Blum grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended P.S.152 and Midwood High School. A graduate of Columbia College in New York City, Dr. Blum received his M.D. from the University of Rochester. His surgical internship was at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After serving two years in the United States Public Health Service assigned to the Peace Corps, he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Stanford Medical Center. He then received post-graduate training at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre at Oxford University in England. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (since 1973) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (since 1977). He belongs to the Hawaii Orthopedic Association, the Western Orthopedic Association, the Hawaii Medical Association, the Union of American Physicians and Dentists and the Hawaii Coalition for Health.

Dr. Blum is the Medical Director of Kona Community Hospital (KCH) in Kealakekua and also serves on the West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors for the hospital. He continues to practice orthopedic surgery, seeing patients at the Alii Health office (a subsidiary of KCH) in Kealakekua, performing surgery at KCH. He can be contacted by writing to Barry Blum, MD, 79-7540 H Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96740 or by e-mail:

His hobbies include music and theatrical production. Before moving to Hawaii from the San Francisco Bay Area he was the musical director of the Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra of America and California also known as the Travelling Jewish Wedding (CD and cassette produced by Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, distributed by Rykodisc). Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band is the successor to that group. After moving to Hawaii he served as co-president of the Board of Directors of the Aloha Performing Arts Center.



Gloria BlumGloria Blum is an Educational Consultant. Her teaching credentials include Adult Education, Vocational Training for the Handicapped, General Elementary, and as a Specialist for Physically Handicapped, for Exceptional Children, Developmentally Disabled and Hearing Impaired. She has offered workshops and been the keynote speaker at conferences and meetings throughout the world on the subjects of Self-Esteem, Socialization Skills and Sex Information. She is the principal author of "Feeling Good About Yourself," an Activity Guide for People Working with People Who Have Disabilities or Low Self-Esteem, published by Blue Tower, Macon Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 2760, Decatur, Illinois 62524-2760, Tel: 217 875-8890;, Gloria created the Feeling Good Cards, a non-competitive, conversation-stimulating game for people of all ages and abilities.  She also offers training, seminars and workshops for human services staff personnel.

Her hobbies also include music and she was the manager as well as one of the singers and lead dancer of the Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra in San Francisco. Soon after moving to Hawaii she served as co-president of the Board of Directors of the Aloha Performing Arts Center. Gloria manages and performs with Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band.

Gloria became a consultant for the Hawaii Association for Retarded Citizens at the Kona Krafts Workshop (a sheltered workshop) in Kealakekua, and then served as consultant to its Board of Directors. In 1991, Gloria was the first President of the Board of Directors of The West Hawaii Fund, an Affiliated Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. She was chosen Woman of Distinction for 1995 by Soroptimists International of Kona. For fun, she appears at parties or other events as a Gypsy fortune teller called "Madame Zadora," giving advice on any subject.

More information about Gloria Blum and about Feeling Good Associates.