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The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program, a program of Papa Ola Lōkahi, is proud to announce eight scholarships awarded to students in health care professions.


NHHSP 2016 2017 scholars


Professional training being funded in this year’s cohort includes students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work.  Scholars are enrolled in bachelors, masters and doctorate programs.

“This cohort includes a good cross-section of disciplines,” points out M. Keaulana Holt, NHHSP director, “which enables us to contribute to several different professional gaps in Hawai‘i.”

The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) addresses access to health care by developing a Native Hawaiian health care workforce of professionals committed to serving the unique health needs of Hawaiian communities. The program recruits and nurtures professionals-in-training for primary and mental care disciplines most needed to deliver quality, culturally competent health services to Kānaka Maoli in Hawai‘i.

This merit-based program awards scholarships to eligible individuals that are dedicated to providing primary health services to Native Hawaiians and their families in Hawai‘i.  Scholars receive funding for tuition, books, other related educational costs, and a monthly stipend while enrolled full-time in an accredited university/college program. Scholarship recipients are obligated to serve full-time in medically under-served areas in Hawai‘i for two (minimum) to four (maximum) years, depending upon the length of scholarship support.  A coordinated service plan (licensure, service site) is designed for each scholar, matching health provider to community.

More than 265 scholarship awards have been made in almost 20 different health and mental health disciplines.

Of the eight 2016 scholars, two are studying in the continental US, and six are training on O‘ahu in both public and private universities.  One is a second-time awardee who has completed the service obligation that was attached to the first scholarship award.

The scholars are:

  • Kapono Ikala‘i Chang                                   Medicine, A.T. Stills
  • Alyssa Ann Ka‘ihilani Chun-Honda            Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Michelle Izzi                                                   Nursing, University of Phoenix Honolulu
  • Leimomi Kanagusuku                                   Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Ka‘imaile Kiefer                                             Nursing, UH Hilo
  • Michael Keawe Makaimoku                         Pharmacy, Lake Erie College
  • Ashley Morisako                                            Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Clarence Bernard Vierra                               Social work, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

“It has been demonstrated that Hawaiians are more likely to seek care when they feel they can relate to the health care providers,” says Holt.IMG 8098

Earlier this year, the program placed more than ten NHHSP graduates into worksites around the islands where they are now serving their communities as health professionals.

“There are needs on all islands and we fill them with the best candidates for those communities,” asserts Holt.  “Several of our alumni are working in their home communities.”

“The real measure of success is how a more robust Hawaiian health care workforce is impacting the health and well-being of our communities.”

For more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program visit our website at    Applications for the year will open on December 1, 2017.

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Kāhuna, Traditions of Hawaiian Medicinal Priests and Healing Practitioners, by Rev. Malcolm Nāea Chun, Ph.D.


Papa Ola Lōkahi is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, Kāhuna, Traditions of Hawaiian Medicinal Priests and Healing Practitioners, by Rev. Malcolm Nāea Chun, Ph.D.

Whereas earlier publications by Dr. Chun have focused on plant medicine, this volume focuses on the priests and practitioners who developed and prescribed treatments through prayer, ritual, medicines, and more.  Beginning with the origins of Hawaiian medicinal kahuna, it brings the reader to the present day realities facing practitioners.

More works by Dr. Chun, and supported by Papa Ola Lōkahi, can be found hereKāhuna is available at local bookstores.

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This survey is designed to give quick insight into the health of our communities.

The survey will be available online from October through November 2016. Your responses are anonymous and confidential.

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Sheri -Ann Daniels, Executive Director(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i)   Papa Ola Lōkahi is pleased to announce that Ms. Sheri-Ann Daniels will assume the helm as Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL) on April 4, 2016.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we welcome Sheri to lead us into the next chapter for Papa Ola Lōkahi,” expressed Kilipaki Vaughan, president of POL’s board of directors.

Born and raised on Maui, Ms. Daniels is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama campus. She holds degrees in the field of counseling psychology and has several license certifications.

“Sheri will be a great leader in furthering POL’s strategic goals,” adds Sharlene Chun-Lum, who is retiring as Executive Director. “Her familiarity and collaboration with community partners will strengthen services for more Native Hawaiians.”                           

Ms. Daniels has more than 20 years of experience in social services programs across Hawai’i in both the non-profit and government sectors.

She was recognized in 2014 with the Maui County Women of Excellence award. Other awards include the Pacific Business News – 40 under 40 (2010) and Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow (2008).  She is actively involved in various community organizations on Maui, including Hawaiian Language education.

“Her ‘groundedness’ and ability to walk in more than one world will enable us as a Hawaiian organization to go forward into the future,” adds Vaughan.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to help and engage with the Native Hawaiian communities across the state (and beyond),” expressed Daniels. “This is the time to continue building partnerships and bridging gaps in order to address the overall health needs of Native Hawaiians.”

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