NHHSP LOGO color trans taglineThe Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), a program of Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL), is accepting applications from students in health and allied health professions for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Information may be found at www.nhhsp.org from February 1, 2020.  The deadline to apply online is March 15, 2020.

Students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college in Hawai‘i or the continental U.S. are encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted for students in clinical psychology, dentistry, dental hygiene, dietetics/nutrition, nursing, medicine, physician’s assistant, and social work.   

“This generous scholarship has been significant in assuring academic success among our students, all of whom have planned to give back to their communities,” Donna-Marie Palakiko, PhD, NHHSP operations coordinator and an alumna of the program describes the impact of the program.  “And, we are growing our own health workforce.”

The benefits of this merit-based scholarship include tuition, a monthly living stipend, and miscellaneous school related expenses. Upon completion of the degree and required training and licensure or certification, the recipient shall serve two to four years of full-time employment in designated medically underserved sites in Hawai‘i.

More than 290 scholarship awards have been made in 20 different health and behavioral health disciplines since 1991. 

“We are always looking at innovative ways to assure health care is accessible and affordable.  This program contributes to assuring a workforce that is acceptable,” explains POL executive director Sheri Daniels, EdD.  “And it moves the dial for improved parity for Native Hawaiians in health professions.”

For more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program visit www.nhhsp.org.

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Contact:          Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie, Communications Specialist, (808) 597-6550 or 383-1651

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Planning for Census 2020 provides the perfect opportunity to look at our traditions and remind ourselves of the brilliance of our ancestors.

Census-taking is not a new practice. As far back as 1500, ‘Umi-a-Liloa conducted a census of Hawai‘i Island to help him assess the resources of his realm. 

As chief, ‘Umi directed all citizens to bring a stone representing his or her stature to the slopes of Hualalai. Babies were represented by pebbles, smaller stones stood in for keiki, ʻōpio were represented by somewhat larger ones, and mākua larger still. Kūpuna offered stones according to their strength. Warriors placed the largest pohaku of all.

The latter information became important when ‘Umi needed to assemble his army to confront Maui forces.

Stones were placed in piles assigned to the districts of the moku, thus providing a quick assessment of the population of each district.

There are several 19th century accounts of these rock piles and the ingenuity of our aliʻi. Bingham recognized eight pyramids. Alexander described these pyramids with detailed dimensions. Some referred to the pilings as columns. Remnants of this earliest census remain today, as do the stories of this innovative method of counting.

A regular accounting of population informs how resources are allocated and programs are developed. The information will assist us in knowing our communities so that we can design and execute services, evaluate programming, and advocate for those we serve.  This is why Papa Ola Lōkahi is proud to encourage participation.

You Count!  Place your pohaku. Participate in Census 2020.


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Mahalo to Momi Imaikalani Fernandez whose research in behalf of Papa Ola Lōkahi contributed to this reprisal of ‘Umi-a-Liloa’s story.  These related articles were published in Ka Wai Ola in December 2009, January 2010, and in this 2010 Census newsletter.

Mahalo to Natalie Kamaka‘ike Bruecher for her original artwork.

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1507855 894127117264831 7965611947234454739 nThe theme of the 2020 American Public Health Association Annual Convention is Creating the Healthiest Nation:  Preventing Violence.

The American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Caucus (est. 1981) invites abstracts for presentations that address health programming and practices, research approaches, and policy and structural approaches for Indigenous populations.  Authors should submit to the best-fit category for their abstract.

"Last year, there were few Native Hawaiian submissions," reports Babette Galang, Caucus chair from 2016-2018. "We are hoping to improve these numbers in 2020."

Suggested themes, categories, processes and more information may be found on the attached CFA

The 184th Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held in San Francisco, October 24-28, 2020.  West coast meetings have always benefited from greater participation by Hawai'i public health professionals and students.

Babette invites you to call her for more information.


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Thursday, February 20, 2020.

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Papa Ola Lōkahi assessed the social, financial and cultural impacts of mandating health insurance coverage for certain Native Hawaiian cultural activities, as requested by the State Legislature in 2018 legislative session.  Here is our report.

Mahalo nui to all the kumu hula, health plan professionals and others who contributed to this assessment.

Click on the image to download a copy of the report [PDF].

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 Me ke aloha pumehana a pau, ka ‘ohana Papa Ola Lōkahi.

COVER POL Newsletter Makahiki 2019

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