Kilohana Haitsuka joins Papa Ola Lōkahi in assisting the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.
Kilohana lives in Kāneʻohe, Koʻolaupoko, although her roots are from Anahola, Koʻolau, Kauaʻi a Mano. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Portland in Social Work and Psychology. During that time, she worked with a lot of different organizations like Western States Center and Borderlinks.
Her most recent two years have been spent teaching high school in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). After six years away, Kilohana is happy to be home and pursuing her MSW with a specialization in health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her focus is on Kānaka Maoli and Indigenous macro health policy, research, and programs.
Kilohana spends her time working on all my research projects, listening to music, and gardening. She enjoys growing and learning about different types of Indigenous plants.
"I am grateful to be working at Papa Ola Lōkahi and helping our community any way that I can."
Welcome to the hale, Kilohana!