Meet the Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi medical team

  • Courtesy photo Gaku Yamaguchi, MD; Ka‘ohimanu Dang Akiona, MD; Ikaika Moreno, MSN, NP-C; Donna Dennerlein, LCSW; and Stacy Haumea, RD, CDE.

Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi recently announced the expansion of its health services to include a medical and behavioral health program on Hawaii island.

Joining the Hui Malama staff to form the medical team are:

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• Ka‘ohimanu Dang Akiona, MD;

• Gaku Yamaguchi, MD;

• Ikaika Moreno, MSN, NP-C;

• Donna Dennerlein, LCSW;

• And Stacy Haumea, RD, CDE.

“We are in a time of ho‘iho‘i, a time to replenish, restore, renew and rebuild,” said Hui Malama Executive Director Louis Hao. “It has been a vision of ours to reestablish medical services. There is a need in the community for these services. We strive to help make the community healthier and appreciate the opportunity to serve our people.”

Hui Malama is one of five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems in the state established under the Native Hawaiian Healthcare Improvement Act of 1988. Hui Malama aims to address the health disparities of the Native Hawaiian population specifically, but services are open to the public.

“We are open, we are here,” Hao said. “We are open to everybody. This is just the beginning of something bigger; more services to expand and offer more comprehensive health care.”

Noelani Scott, medical program manager, explained the vision.

“Our health education programs have existed for 27 years, with a major focus on diabetes and hypertension,” Scott said. “Expanding the services offered to include medical services, behavioral health, nutrition and health education classes will allow us to complete the circle of care for our patients.”

The medical program is rolling out in phases.

To make an appointment, call 969-9220.

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With trips around the island, the medical team also will bring health screenings and services to underserved and remote areas with a focus on Native Hawaiian communities. A medical site is planned to open in Hilo this spring.

Hui Malama, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving the wellness and well-being of Hawaii Island so all residents can “Live Longer &Feel Better, Together.” For more information about the services and programs it has to offer, visit www.hmono.org.

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