‘A‘ohe ipu ‘ōpio e ‘ole ka mimino i ka lā.

No immature gourd can withstand withering in the sun.
‘Ōlelo No‘eau: No child can get along without adult care.

Improving Native Hawaiian Health and Well-Being

Founded in 1988, Papa Ola Lokahi is a 501(c)(3) that embodies the holistic approach that brings together mind, body and spirit in the pursuit of optimum health and well-being for Native Hawaiians.


Community Health Initiatives

Innovative and Incubated Projects

Data and Research

Health Workforce

Hawaiian Health Policy

Corporate Communications

What’s New

  • Hōkū Chong grew up between Maui and Hawaiʻi Island, primarily in Wailuku Town and Waiheʻe. She attended Maui public schools and later pursued college in the Midwest before settling in Honolulu. Throughout her life, she has worked in various roles in maternal and child health, early childhood education, community education, and culture and arts.

    Her inspiration to work in health stems from her passion for the well-being of infants. She envisions a future where all aspects of well-being, including spiritual, mental, and physical health, are easily accessible to Native Hawaiians and all people alike.

    At Papa Ola Lōkahi, she finds fulfillment in supporting Kānaka Maoli to explore diverse approaches to optimal health. Beyond her work, Hōkū is deeply engaged in cultural activities such as kapa making, weaving and practicing various bodywork modalities. Hōkū enjoys utilizing cultural lifeways such as hoʻoponopono within families while also being a lifelong student of hula, oli, and pule. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafting, world music and dance, and spending time outdoors – especially in her garden with her grandchildren.

    Published On: May 27th, 2024Categories: Blog
  • Dayna Pa lives in Makiki but her ʻohana is from Molokai. While growing up in Hoʻolehua, Dayna attended Kamehameha Schools and Hawaiʻi Pacific University. Before working at Papa Ola Lōkahi, she worked at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for almost 19 years. Dayna worked for Trustee Colette Machado for 17 years as her secretary, Trustee Aide, and Board Secretary. She also worked for Trustee Brendan Kaleiʻāina Lee as his Trustee Aide for two years.

    Dayna loves working at Papa Ola Lōkahi. In the short time she has been at POL, she has seen how POL has impacted the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Dayna Pa enjoys getting to know her coworkers and seeing the wonderful work they do in the community.

    Published On: April 29th, 2024Categories: Blog