Waikiki Health Centers Hoola Like Outreach
Clinics, in Partnership with the HPU College of Nursing, have
been operating three clinics on the windward and north shores
of Oahu, in Haleiwa, Punaluu, and Kahaluu.
The clinics provide western health care by Family Nurse Practitioners
who are members of the community and/or faculty at HPU. Traditional
Hawaiian Healers provide Lomilomi, Laau lapaau,
and Hooponopono. Outreach workers assist with the clinic
and help patients sign up for health care insurance and follow-up
These clinics serve the uninsured and underinsured people of
Oahus rural communities. Patients who come to the
clinics are charged on a sliding scale, according to what they
can afford. However, no one is refused treatment. Those who
cannot pay in dollars often bring food, clothing or a craft
item to help pay in the best way they can.
It costs approximately $3,000 to keep a single clinic operating
for a half day. This relatively small expense saves the health
care system nearly three times that much what it would
take to keep patients healthy, out of emergency rooms and out
of hospital beds. Most of all the clinics keep people with chronic
illnesses in their best possible health by providing education,
assessment, treatment and medication, and they provide people
with acute illness access to care and treatment in their communities.
Without these clinics, the patients they have been serving
have no access to health care or will need to access expensive
hospital emergency rooms for conditions that could be addressed
in primary care clinics.
Due to a shortage in funds, the clinics in Punaluu and
Kahaluu will be closed from August to October, at which
time more funding will become available through the City and
County and possibly through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).
The staff at Waikiki Health Center continues to pursue grants
and funding opportunities. You-the people of Oahu-can help these
clinics to reopen sooner, and you can help keep them open. Letters
to OHA in support of the clinics would be helpful to encourage
the OHA Board to continue and perhaps enlarge their support
of the clinics. Support from private funding organizations is
appreciated as well as from private individual donors. Support
from all legislators, especially those serving the Kahaluu
to Haleiwa communities is appreciated.
Donations large or small help to keep friends and relatives
in our communities well and contributing to Hawaii. Send
contributions to Hoola Like Outreach Clinics, C/O Waikiki
Health Center, 277 Ohua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815.