CHUN HONDA 2014 2015 Alyssa Chun

Dr. Alyssa Ann Ka‘ihilani Chun-Honda is from Kāne‘ohe.  She is a pediatrician-in-residency and a recipient of the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship.  Dr. Chun-Honda reflects on her experiences during these challenging times.


During these times of COVID, life has surely changed. You can’t hang out with your family or friends. You can’t go hiking on some of the popular trails or enjoy time on the beach. Most of your time is spent in front of a screen on either Zoom or Facetime. Masks have become an everyday attire. Lines form outside of grocery stores with tape markers making sure customers stand six feet apart. For those of us in healthcare, these changes are also part of our everyday routine, but with a little twist depending on whether or not we are in the hospital.

My everyday routine was a little different, depending on the hospital I was working at. My temperature was scanned every day prior to entering the hospital or I was asked a series of questions such as Do you have a cough, shortness of breath, or fever? After passing the screening process, I was given a sticker to wear on my badge. I had to wear a surgical mask at all times regardless if I was in or out of a patient’s room.  

Once I was through the screening process, I would pass by the Emergency Department and some of our adult medicine colleagues and feel a sense of gratitude for them. They are dealing with a different severity of COVID as adults are much more affected. Luckily for Pediatrics, kids are not as impacted by COVID, although they still can get sick. Even though we were not seeing the same influx of admissions, PUIs or COVID positive patients, Pediatrics was still affected. Only 1 parent was allowed to be with the patient once admitted. If the patient was COVID positive, visitation was basically restricted. We had to question everything. I mean kids get sick all the time. They have runny noses or sniffles here and there. We would question things like: Do they have COVID or just your standard cold? Are these allergies? Most people in the community are asymptomatic, so does the patient we just admitted for a bad skin infection have COVID even though symptom free? Is the parent with them an asymptomatic carrier? Do we test when there’s a shortage? We were constantly questioning and learning about this novel virus.

Sometimes I felt a sense of guilt knowing how much our adult medicine colleagues or New York colleagues were facing. Or how much our interdisciplinary colleagues were affected. Registered nurses were putting themselves at higher risk as they have much more interaction with the patients. Same goes for respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other first responders. Often more interactions than the doctor. So when people tell me thank you for what I do, I tell them thank you, but there are others that deserve more thanks.

Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I didn’t think about the risks associated with going to the hospital every day. There’s no such thing as true social distancing in the hospital. Yes, we wear masks all the time, don’t shake hands, always wash our hands or use sanitizer and try to keep our distance as able. We limit the number of providers entering the room. Try virtual rounding as able. However, we still meet new patients and parents every day. We spend time with other healthcare workers which might not be the same individual day in and day out. Different residents come in as the rotation and shift changes. Different RNs, RTs, OTs, PTs come in depending on the shift. There are many interactions. The risk is high, so when I went home, my clothes went straight into the washer, and I showered immediately. No interaction at home until these things were done. I did not want to risk any transmission to my husband.

So I guess the thanks I get from others do get some sort of validation. Does the increased risk make me regret my profession? Not at all. If anything, I feel a stronger calling to serve. This is what I signed up for. Well, not a pandemic but to help others when it comes to health. With everything that has happened with COVID, my identity to serve has not changed. Only the process on how I do it.

So with these times of COVID, life sure has changed. It may not go back to what it was before or may take a while before it ever does. But all we can do is continue to move forward. One healthcare worker at a time. One parent at a time. One family member or friend at a time. One day at a time.

~ Alyssa Chun-Honda, MD

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In these changing and challenging times, there’s nothing more important than taking care of your families and yourselves. We will make it through these times because of the aloha we have for one another.

Closing our offices at Papa Ola Lōkahi will better enable us to protect those we love and those we tend to so we that we are better able to serve our greater community.

The Papa Ola Lōkahi office in Kaka‘ako is closed.

Closed, however, most of our staff is working remotely, so you may anticipate a response.  To contact Papa Ola Lōkahi, please e-mail our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 808-597-6550.



The application cycle closed on March 15, 2020.  Applications are being processed and interviews are being scheduled via teleconference.  Mahalo to all applicants and your families for your understanding and flexibility.



All five Systems have cancelled community workshops, classes, support groups, and other outreach activities and gatherings until further notice.

Clinical services are cut back on all islands.  Across all locations, patients should call for pre-screening before entering so all patients and staff can be best protected from exposure.

  • Ho‘ōla Lāhui Hawai‘i. On Kaua‘i, COVID-19 testing is being done for current patients.
  • Ke Ola Mamo. On O‘ahu, urgent dental and lomilomi services are reduced but still available.
  • Hui No Ke Ola Pono. On Maui, closed to walk-in traffic.
  • Nā Pu‘uwai. Offices on Lāna‘i and Molokai.  Adult day care on Molokai is still open. Fitness center is closed.  Clinic is open to urgent care only.
  • Hui Mālama Ola Na ‘Ōiwi. On Hawai‘i Island, call before showing up for your appointment.



Papa Ola Lōkahi is sharing information about COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes the illness, where to get help, and tips on how protecting ourselves, our families and our communities, and how to cope as we move forward.



Mahalo to all the clinicians, caregivers and support staff that are holding it down on the front line.  Mahalo to all the service providers, delivery people, food preparers, and those who are maintaining our safety and security throughout our islands. We are sending our aloha to our kūpuna and our keiki and to all at home caring for one another.

Wash your hands.  Stay informed. Avoid leaving home.  Check on one another.  Mālama kekahi i kekahi.

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iwi hilo

Mai ka manawa ʻo ke poʻo, ka haka ʻolu o nā poʻe hulu mamo mai kikilo mai, a i nā kihi ʻehā o ke kino, me ka ʻauhau iwi hilo e konikoni ʻana i ka mauli Hawaiʻi, a hiki i ka poli o ka wāwae, kahi e lewa kūnoni ana ka mākaʻikaʻi o ke ola kānaka. E nā poʻe mākeʻe ʻōlelo, ka ʻī, ka mahi, ka palena, nona ua mau hiʻohiʻona e kāhiko a hoʻokānaka ʻana iā kākou a pau. ʻAnoʻai me ke aloha.

Ua laha ʻia nō kēia wā kūlaia ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, a e lilo kēia wahi ʻōlelo i wahi hunahuna ʻuʻuku o ka ʻike na ka poʻe lehulehu no kēia mea he iwi hilo, e pili ana nō ʻo ia i ka ʻoihana ola kino a me ke kūpono ʻana o ka mauli Hawaiʻi. Ua ʻowaka mai ka leo o kūpuna mā a hoʻopuka ʻia maila kahi ʻōlelo noʻeau penei: “Ola nā iwi.” He ʻōlelo ia e ‘ī aku i ka poʻe, e mālama hoʻi i nā poʻe kūlaiwi o kūpuna mā, me kō lākou mau iwi i waiho mālie ʻia i nā one hānau o kākou, i mea e ola hoʻi ia mau iwi.

Wahi a G. P. Judd ma kāna puke i hoʻopuka ʻia ʻo Anatomia, “Ua oi aku ka loa a me ka nui o keia [iwi hilo] i ko na iwi a pau o ke kino.” Me ka manaʻo, he iwi koʻikoʻi paha kēia i ke kino o ke kānaka, he mea nui e kālele aku. Kainō wau, kapa ʻia kēia iwi he iwi hilo i kēia ʻōlelo nei, “No ka hemo paha [o ka iwi hilo] ua hikiia i ke kaula.” Hilo ʻia kēia iwi i ke kahua o ke kānaka, paʻa maila ke kahua e kūkulu aku i ka hale, ke kino o ke kānaka. Wahi a ka lohe, ʻo ka iwi hilo ka iwi paʻa loa o ke kino holoʻokoʻa, kākaʻikahi nā mea i hiki iā ia ke haʻi ʻia.

He inoa ʻē aʻe kō ua iwi nei, he ʻauhau hoʻi. Hilo ʻia a paʻa ka ilina kūpuna i loko nō o ua iwi, a maliʻa paha, ʻo ia ke kumu o kona inoa e kapa ʻia nei he ʻauhau. Kū ka moʻo o ke kānaka i kona ʻauhau, ka iwi i ʻoi aʻe kona nui i nā iwi a pau loa o ke kino, ka “waihona” hoʻi o ka moʻokūʻauhau.

ʻIke mau ʻia kēia ʻōlelo ma nā mele, nā moʻolelo, a pēlā wale aku. “Konikoni ana i ka iwi hilo.” ʻUnuhi ʻia kēia ʻōlelo e Pūkuʻi, “throbbing to the very depths of the very core of one's being.” ʻO ka iwi hilo nō ka wahi e noho ana ka piko o ke kānaka. Puka maila ka mea kamahaʻo, a konikoni maila ka iwi hilo. Ua nani nō, ʻaʻohe mea ona e kana mai e kūpono hoʻi i ka wehewehena i kēia ʻano hana a ke kānaka. Me kēia mau ʻōlelo wau i hiki hoʻi i ka panina, i mea e ola ai nā iwi, e waiho hoʻi wau kēia i mua o ʻoukou e nā mea heluhelu,

ʻO wau nō me ke aloha, noelo i ka iwi hilo,



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* * * POSTPONED * * *

Census 2020 Event Sponsorship Information

Targeting Native Hawaiian Communities across Hawai‘i and the Continent

Welina mai kākou!

As we plan for Census 2020 and take an account of Native Hawaiians across the United States, Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL) will be providing a one-time sponsorship in the amount of $200.00 (two hundred dollars) that may be used to support activities and/or events:

  • That support Native Hawaiians and their communities to complete census gathering work;
  • That MUST occur between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

To be eligible to receive these funds:

  • Your organization must have a 501(c)3 designation or fiscal sponsor;
  • Your organization must be in good standing with the State of Hawai‘i (Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs)

If your organization is interested and meets the above eligibility criteria, the next steps are:

  1. Submit application via link (or click on image above) or complete and return the attached application form.
  2. First come, first served!
  3. Please submit a final report within two-weeks (2) after your activity/event. The report form is included for your convenience. Please include photos.  A picture can be worth a thousand words.

Again, mahalo for your interest and participation in this engagement opportunity.  Be creative!  The Census 2020, critical for counting Native Hawaiians, will benefit our communities, which will lead to overall improvement of Hawaiian health and well-being. Papa OlaLōkahi looks forward to a continued collaborative partnership.

He aloha nō,

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Sheri Daniels, EdD

Executive Director – Papa Ola Lōkahi

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Piilani Koolau

Mai ka wehena o ke alaula i Kumukahi a i ka nāpoʻo ana a ka lā i ka mole ʻolu ʻo Lehua, ʻanoʻai kākou me ke aloha e nā hoa makeʻe ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. ʻO kēia mahina nei ka mahina ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! No laila, e kūpaʻa kākou i ka ʻōlelo makuahine o kēia ʻāina aloha. Eia nō au e hoʻolaha nei i ka moʻolelo kaulana i nā kama a Kamawaelualani. ʻO ia hoʻi ka moʻolelo no Kaluaikoʻolau, ke kāʻeʻaʻeʻa o nā pali Kalalau, kāna wahine ʻo Piʻilani, ka wahine i molia i ke ola, a me Kaleimanu, kā lāua lei peʻe poli.

            I ka makahiki 1889, ua hele a ʻula ko Koʻolau pāpālina me he mōhala ʻana lā o ka pua lehua i ka nahele. ʻAkahi nō ʻo ia a ʻike i kekahi hōʻailona o ka maʻi kaʻawale, ʻo ia hoʻi ka maʻi lepera. Hū aʻela ke kaumaha o nā mākua i ka hōʻailona like ma kā lāua keikikāne. Ua hiki maila ka mea i hana no ke aupuni, nona ka inoa ʻo Pokipala. Wahi āna, pono ʻo Koʻolau e hele i ke kauka. Loaʻa iā Koʻolau i ka maʻi lepera, a ua kauoha ʻia ʻo ia e hele i Kalawao, kahi i kapa ʻia ʻo ka lua kupapaʻu kanu ola.

            Eia naʻe, ʻaʻole ʻo Koʻolau i ʻae i ke kauoha a lilo ʻo ia me kona ʻohana i mea kipi i ke aupuni. I ka makahiki 1892, ua haʻalele lākou iā Mānā a hele i Kalalau i ke ʻala lauaʻe. Ma laila no lākou i noho ai a hiki i ko Koʻolau lāua ʻo Kaleimanu hele ʻana i ke ala hoʻi ʻole mai. Aloha nō.

            ʻAʻole ʻo Koʻolau me kona ʻohana i hele iki i Kalawao. Aia nō ke aloha i ka nohona ʻohana, ʻo ia ka mea nui. I kuʻu wā liʻiliʻi aʻu i lohe ai i kēia moʻolelo i hāʻule iho mai ka lehelehe mai o kuʻu Tūtū. Kamaʻāina ʻo ia i ua moʻolelo nei i kona Tūtū, ʻo Kūʻaihelemoku Paʻakīkī no Wainiha. Nāna i piʻi aʻela i Kalalau a lawe i ka mea ʻai i ka ʻohana Kaluaikoʻolau. Kākoʻo kuʻu Tūtū kualua iā lākou ma muli o kāna keikikāne i hala ma Kalawao me ka maʻi kaʻawale. Wahi a Piʻilani, aloha wale ia mau he moelepo i nalohia mai nā maka. Aloha.


Na Leikuluwaimaka


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