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Kamahanahokulani Farrar returns to the Hawaiian health ʻohana as the Executive Director of Nā Puʻuwai, the Native Hawaiian health care system that serves Molokai, Lānaʻi and Kalaupapa.

 

She was raised in Kailua, graduated from Castle High School, attended undergraduate college at Pacific University in Oregon, and completed her Master’s degree at the University of Hawaiʻi.

 

She has lived on Leeward Oahu, in Washington, DC and now Molokaʻi. Her husband Deke Law is a Special Education teacher and they have three adult children. 

 

She enjoys crew, paddling and being out on the water. Her best childhood memories are with her ʻohana in Kona swimming, camping, and picking coffee, plums and ʻopihi.

 

 

 

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Papa Ola Lōkahi works with the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems that serve seven islands.  On Maui, Hui No Ke Ola Pono has offices in Wailuku and Hāna.  Meet the Hui’s executive director, Joseph Gonsalves, Jr.

Gonsalves has been at the helm of Hui No Ke Ola Pono since 2012, but he has worked in a variety of positions since he first joined the organization in 1993.

“Joey” was born and raised on Maui , graduating from St. Anthony Jr.-Sr. High School in 1985.  He received a B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and is trained as a social worker.  Joey resides on the slopes of Haleakalā with his lovely wife Colleen and two children, La‘akea and Kala‘i.  This past February, the family was blessed with a grandchild, Lawai‘a. 

Joey continues to be passionate and committed to improving Hawaiian health and well-being on Maui.  His work in the non-profit sector and life, in general, is driven by a simple motto, Live Aloha.

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Census Training Flyer Oct 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

1:00pm to 4:00 pm

John A. Burns, School of Medicine (JABSOM), Computer Lab, 651 ‘Ilalo St, Kaka‘ako

Guest Speaker: Lia Bolden, Data Dissemination Specialist.   

Click here to register, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Presented by Papa Ola Lōkahi in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Nine awarded Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 19, 2017 

(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i)   Papa Ola Lōkahi is pleased to announce that nine scholars in diverse medical and allied health training programs have been awarded the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship.

"The students in this 2017-2018 cohort are stellar scholars and committed to serving the needs of our medically underserved communities," asserted Keaulana Holt, director of the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), which is administered by Papa Ola Lōkahi. "I'm proud of each one."

Three awardees are studying to be physicians, one a dentist, one a masters level social worker, and one public health worker.  Three are in nursing programs at three different local schools at three different levels. 

Six are in school in Hawai'i; and three are in accredited programs on the continental United States.

NHHSP scholars may attend any accredited program at any college or university in the United States.  Eventually, they’re called home to Hawai’i to fulfill their service obligation.

The objective of the NHHSP is to address access to health care by developing a Hawaiian health work force committed to serving the unique needs of Hawaiian communities. Once licensure is complete, these scholars will work full-time in medically under-served areas in Hawai'i for two (minimum) to four (maximum) years, relative to the length of scholarship support.

Since 1991, more than 275 awards have been made in 20 different primary and behavioral health care disciplines. More than 200 have already been placed into the workforce on six islands impacting the well-being of the communities they serve.  Of those who have fulfilled their service obligations, nearly 90% have continued to serve medically underserved areas and populations in Hawai'i.

More significantly, NHHSP scholars have risen to positions of leadership, impacting change in health perspectives, policy, promising practices, and emerging technologies among their patients, colleagues and the communities they serve. They are the role models for other Kānaka Maoli who aspire to be of service in a healing profession. 

Visit www.nhhsp.org for more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.

PDF News release attached

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