Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (42 USC 122) is national in scope. Papa Ola Lōkahi is charged to:
- Coordinate, implement and update a Native Hawaiian comprehensive master plan designed to promote comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention services to improve and maintain the health status of Native Hawaiians.
- Conduct training for Native Hawaiian care practitioners, community outreach workers, counselors, and cultural educators to educate the Native Hawaiian population regarding health promotion and disease prevention.
- Identify and perform research into diseases that are most prevalent among Native Hawaiians.
- Develop an action plan outlining the contributions that each member organization of Papa Ola Lōkahi will make in carrying out in the policy of the NHHCIA.
- Serve as a Clearinghouse for (1) collecting and maintaining data associated with the health status of Native Hawaiians; (2) identifying and researching diseases affecting Native Hawaiians; and (3) collecting and distributing information about available Native Hawaiian project funds, research projects and publications.
- Coordinate and assist health care programs and services provided to Native Hawaiians.
- Administer special projects.
Hawaii Revised Statutes 453-2: Convene independent Kupuna Councils of traditional Hawaiian healers.
- Convene Kupuna Councils of traditional Hawaiian healers.
Hawaii Revised Statutes 10-18: Hui Imi Advisory Task Force
- Serve as liaison between public and private entitites serving the Hawaiian community in the planning and development of collaborative endeavors.
Senate Resolution 60 SD1 (2014): Establish Native Hawaiian Health Task Force
- Convened by the John A. Burns School of Medicine, submit findings and recommendations to the State Legislature.
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 74, SD1 (2018): An Assessment of the Impact on Social, Financial, and Cultural Integrity of Providing Health Coverage for Certain Native Hawaiian Culture-Based Activities.
- Report submitted to Senate leadership December 2019.
Act 32 (SB 1033 SD2 HD2, 2019): Relating to the Licensure of Midwives
- One exemption to licensure are “Native Hawaiian healers engaged in traditional healing practices of prenatal, maternal, and childcare as recognized by any council of kupuna convened by Papa Ola Lokahi.”