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We are proud to announce that Papa Ola Lōkahi’s Executive Director, Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels, has been appointed to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health Dean’s Advisory Council.

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At the helm of Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Native Hawaiian Health board, since 2016, Dr. Daniels has worked tirelessly over the past year as a co-lead of the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Response, Recovery & Resilience Team since the beginning of last year.  She has been a member of the International Indigenous Council of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide since 2018and since 2019 has served on theAdvisory Council on Minority Health, and HawaiʻDepartment of Health’s Tobacco Prevention & Control Advisory BoardWe are confident she will be a valuable member of the advisory council. 


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 Dr. Daniels will be joined by Dr. Jodi Haunani Leslie Matsuoan alumna of the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialistalong with nine other council members.

The School of Social Work & Public Health was named for Myron B. Thompson, an alumnus of the school who also helped establish Papa Ola Lōkahi.  The school is committed to achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi in a changing world. Its core values are centered around Mālamaike Kanaka Apau, Ulu Pono, and Hoʻokaulike.

We look forward to seeing how Dr. Daniels and Dr. Matsuo help manifest the school’s values and advance its mission, and are excited to see the work they will do as members of the Dean’s Advisory Council.


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(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i)   The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program announces awards to nine students in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology and dietetics.

“We’re so pleased with the diversity of backgrounds represented by the scholars in this cohort,” exclaims Dr. Sheri Daniels, executive director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, which administers the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.  

Four (4) are studying in the continental U.S., two (2) in Hilo, two (2) at UH Mānoa and one (1) at Chaminade.  One student is from Molokai, three (3) are from Hawai‘i, two (2) from O‘ahu, one from the continental U.S. and one who claims home both O‘ahu and U.S.

Modeled after the National Health Service Corps, the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) has been a catalyst in building a workforce knowledgeable, capable and committed to serving the unique needs of Hawaiian communities. Each graduating scholar is obliged, upon completion of study and licensure, to serve full-time in a clinical capacity in medically under-served areas in Hawai'i for a period commensurate with the length of scholarship support.

Since 1991, more than 300 NHHSP awards have been made in 20 different primary and behavioral health care disciplines and even more sub-specialties. More than 200 have been placed into the workforce across six islands impacting the well-being of the communities they serve. More than half of those have chosen to stay in those communities beyond the required service obligation.

“This program has identified individuals committed to their communities by improving the accessibility and acceptability of health care,” shares Dr. Donna-Marie Palakiko, NHHSP director and herself a NHHSP alumna.

“Many of our NHHSP alumni have risen to positions of leadership in the local medical, public health and Hawaiian communities,” Dr. Daniels continues. “Which is exactly what the early Hawaiian health program visionaries hoped for 30 years ago; a competent workforce dedicated to providing day-to-day health care that will contribute to raising the health status of Native Hawaiians and their families.  That’s servant leadership.”


Visit for more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.                                

The next round of applications is now open through March 15, 2021.

PDF News Release attached

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Papa Ola Lōkahi, in partnership with ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka, Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians, has embarked on an campaign to raise awareness of issues around Hawaiian involvement in genetic and genomic research for medical purposes. We have begun by introducing a series of presentations on Hawaiian Genomics in the fall of 2020, and we are providing a reading list below.  Eventually, we will be reaching out to Hawaiian communities for guidance.  Meanwhile, check back here regularly to catch up on the resources so that you and yours are able to make informed recommendations.


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Ola Hawai'i presents Emerging Research in Hawaiian Health & Well-Being


Part 4:  State of the Field

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Part 3:  Current Genomics

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MEDIA ADVISORY Sen Brian Schatz opens Telehealth webinar NHPI COVID19 3R 2020 10201024 1Register here

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Some of the funniest memes I’ve seen on social media lately are those regarding parents being at home with their keiki while they continue the school year through distance learning. I have always known I could never do the job of a kumu and now I join so many others who have a new admiration and respect for the kumu in our lives.

Quite honestly, I have never been much help with my high school freshman’s assignments even “pre-pandemic.  My enhanced appreciation for the teachers in my life is multiplied for those kumu who are parents themselves, doing double duty from the home office. As our haumana are adapting, so are the kumu.

They have had to adjust, acquire new skills and face many challenges and expectations themselves.

Coach AlaMahalo to the countless educators I have as friends and family who influence and encourageme and my children. It can’t be easy to do your job with the added responsibilities of teaching online, tending to your own family situations, and defending your value to the nay-sayers.

Mahalo to my hiapo’s professor, whosuddenly  compelled to learn and use unfamiliar technology, had the humility to seek help.

Mahalo to my son’s coaches and kumu who conduct daily calls and texts to see if my son is keeping up with college courses and to offer help that extends beyond the schoolwork.

Mahalo to my high school freshman’s kumu for the daily check-ins, emails, updates and endless outreach to support my daughter and ensure she and her classmates finish their last quarter strong.

Doc HamiltonLastly, mahalo to my own "Lunch & Learn" kumu who offers us the opportunity to, via video-conference, learn ōlelo Hawai‘i and to honor beliefs and practices around our Hawaiian culture and health.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Join me in honoring (or appreciating) our teachers, kumu, coaches and mentors past and present.They sacrifice, shape lives, sow  seeds of success, and they do it with aloha in action and word. Mahalo nui.

~ Tam-e Fa'agau     

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