Produced by Papa Ola Lōkahi 2018
Clearinghouse of Hawaiian Health resources
Produced by Papa Ola Lōkahi 2018
Papa Ola Lōkahi is pleased to announce the Pulse Survey as a means to better listen to and understand how our community members view health. Papa Ola Lōkahi is committed to conducting excellent practice and promoting quality care. This survey, designed to field community perspectives, is conducted every other year in order to better align Papa Ola Lōkahi’s practice with current community values and needs. Your feedback will serve as a valuable resource used to foster the development of relevant programs and services that will lead to continued, meaningful well-being within our Native Hawaiian communities.
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Tamara “Tam-e” Fa‘agau resides in Wai‘anae near where she was raised, and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. A certified pharmacy technician, her pharmacy career spans almost two decades in a variety of positions: outpatient pharmacy, ambulatory care, pharmacy management, and oncology, where she assisted with preparing chemo infusions. She is very passionate about providing quality healthcare to Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana.
Married for twenty years, Tam-e and her husband have three children, which she believes are her greatest accomplishments in life. She enjoys traveling, photography and football.
Our newest staff member, Tam-e has joined Papa Ola Lōkahi in the capacity of Finance & Administration Assistant. She tells us that she feels, “blessed and excited to be able to contribute to carrying out Papa Ola Lōkahi’s mission, representing its vision and serving the lāhui.”
A guiding principle for her is:
Ma ka hana ka ‘ike. It is in the work that one learns.
Ka Huaka`i Mauli Ola!
Every month I have a movie date with my Aunty Shirley and Aunty Helen, both in their 80s. I lost my own mother 11 years ago, so spending time with these precious kūpuna is a blessing. We prolong our time together over lunch at some nearby eatery.
On our last date we ventured to a new restaurant that had just opened in Kapolei. Hearing about my launch to a healthier self pleased my aunties because they had begun their own similar journey together this past spring. They’ve transitioned to a plant-based diet.
Aunty Helen ordered a grilled veggie sandwich with a side salad, Aunty Shirley ordered marinara pasta dish also with a side salad. They’ve become vegetarians!
Moreover, each ate half her meal and took the rest home for dinner.
They’d confided that the change has been challenging, but with one another’s support, they’re already feeling good about their results. Each aunty has lost more than 30 pounds. They’ve pulled out their “Skinny Clothes” and given their old clothes away. They no longer suffer the same aches and pains in their joints. Their overall health has vastly improved, according to their primary care physicians.
They report that the greatest challenge has been cutting back on sweets.
Which brings me to my Momona Moment: Since we were celebrating my birthday, they insisted that I order a dessert. Normally, I’d love a piece of ice cream cake—more ice cream than cake—but that afternoon we ordered one slice of celebration cake to share among six of us. And it was ‘ono!
So I got my cake and more: a lesson on portion control, inspiration by example, kupuna wisdom, and Aunty Approval. I am MOTIVATED! I can do this!