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45-549 Plumeria Street, Honoka’a, Hawaii 96727
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Prescription Line: 808-930-2732
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Meet the Honoka’a Medical Staff
Anthony Giasolli, MD
Dr. G was born in El Paso Texas but grew up on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands. In 1990, Dr. G graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas, Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston. His residency in Family Medicine was at at Texas Tech Family Medicine in El Paso until he graduated in 1993. Dr. G decided to return to the pacific islands to serve the people he grew up with.
Dr. G has served at the Hamakua-Kohala Health, Honoka’a clinic since 1993. As a specialist in Family Medicine, Dr. G sees patients of all ages about issues including chronic disease management, diabetes, high blood pressure control and heart disease.
“Ever since I made the drive from Hilo to Honoka’a for my interview, I fell in love with the place and since then I have worked and lived here,” said Dr. G. “I fell in love with the people I serve. The best thing about working at HKH is the empathy the staff has toward patients because they live in the same area and often grew up with them. I chose my profession because I have a love of people, stories and science. The thing I most enjoy about working in my field is the sense of satisfaction knowing that I have the tools, even in a rural setting, to provide top-quality care to an under-served population.”
Catherine Marquette, APRN – FNP
ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE / FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER
Cathy is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family Practice and she has been with Hamakua-Kohala Health Honoka’a clinic since 1993. In 2016 she accepted the position of Medical Director. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada in 1980. In 1988, Cathy attended the Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Program, School of Medicine Department of Family Practice at the University of California in Davis, California.
In addition to becoming Medical Director, busy Cathy was also named a 2016 Hawaii Healthcare Hero by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (AHA). According to AHA, “A Hawaii Healthcare Hero is an extraordinary healthcare worker who went above and beyond to care for you or a loved one in a way that you’ll always remember.”
“Hamakua-Kohala Health is a special place to me,” says Cathy. “I like that our mission is to provide quality healthcare to anyone who should need it. Our patients make me want to come to work and it would not be as enjoyable without the health center’s very caring staff. I am fortunate to be able to work here.” In Cathy’s spare time, she and her husband raise exotic fruits on their farm in Pepeekeo.
Idalee Posa, MD
Dr. Posa joined Hamakua-Kohala Health in January and will see patients at the Hamakua Clinic in Honoka’a. As a Family Doctor / General Practioner, Dr. Posa sees patients of all ages, treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education. “I like that Family Practice allows me to see a variety of patients,” said Dr. Posa.
Dr. Posa was born and went to medical school in the Philippines and trained in Pennsylvania. She recently moved to the Big Island from Oregon with her husband and son.
Dr. Posa believes “Health Screening is important to prevent diseases and diagnose an illness earlier for a better outcome. Preventive Medicine is the best medicine!”
Originally from Honolulu, Eric Murray, MD, grew up in Montana. After graduating with honors and on the Dean’s List in college, Dr. Murray attended the University of Washington, School of Medicine, with a specialty in internal medicine and a focus on preventative care and chronic disease.
Internists are sometimes called the “doctor’s doctor,” because they often help other doctors solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Hamakua-Kohala Health is lucky to have Dr. Murray join us!
Having come from a rural clinic near Portland, Oregon, Dr. Murray enjoys working in primary care, and is very happy to be seeing patients on the Big Island in both Honoka’a and Kapa’au Clinics.
In addition to medicine, Dr. Murray enjoyed studying health computer systems in school, “I like to spend time not only working with patients but also working with the electronic health records,” said Dr. Murray. “Improving efficiency of the (computer system) can lead to … better patient care.”
While Dr. Murray is modern when it comes to technology, his heart is with his patients and wishes things could be like they were in days gone by, “I like(d) doing home visits to see patients. It’s a great way to learn more about a patient’s health and brings us back to a simpler time in medicine where caring for patients was more important than medicine as a business.”
“I’m sure the community will have words of wisdom for me on how family and connections in a small community are important not only for health but for the well-being of its members,” he said, “And, that Aloha can be as good as a medication for the soul!”
DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY – serving both Kohala and Hamakua clinics
Offering Behavioral Health Services including:
- Behavioral & Emotional Management with Behavioral Health Plans and Lifestyle Modifications
- Skills to address Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression and Stress
- Chronic Medical Conditions such as: Weight Loss and Exercise, Alcohol Use, Smoking Cessation, Headaches, Sleep Problems, High Blood Pressure, Asthma, Diabetes, Chronic Pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dr. McAnesby moved to Hawai’i from the San Francisco Bay area where she supervised doctoral students, had a private practice, and taught at Argosy University. She has a keen interest in cultural diversity since an early age and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies. She subsequently spent several years working and traveling throughout South East Asia.
She obtained her Master’s degree from Southwestern College in New Mexico where she worked with Native populations and later received her doctorate from John F Kennedy University, the first program in the country to have a fully integrated multicultural/diversity program. Dr. McAnesby completed her internship training in community mental health working with both children and adults.
Over the years, Dr. McAnesby has worked extensively with substance abuse, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders and diversity-related issues. She is well-versed in evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as other psychodynamic approaches. She enjoys living in Hawai’i and working with our diverse population. She also appreciates the dedication and caring of the team and administration at the clinics, and looks forward to playing a key role in expanding Behavioral Health Services to better serve our community. Jude lives in Waimea with her husband and son.
FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER
Karen is a Family Nurse Practitioner who sees patients of all ages at the Honoka’a clinic. Karen treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to her patients. She also sees patients for family planning. Karen has been in the nursing field for the last eight years, much of which was spent in pediatrics.
Karen is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from The University of South Carolina with her Bachelors of Nursing Degree, later continuing her education in graduate school obtaining a Family Nurse Practitioner degree. She worked in South Carolina until she and her husband moved to the Big Island in 2016 with a “Commitment to providing quality healthcare in challenging settings,” Karen says. In her spare time, Karen enjoys seeing family and friends, hiking, water adventures and traveling with her husband.
Candace Kauahi, CSAC
Candace is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with the State of Hawaii Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division and an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. She has worked in outreach and education in the field of addiction since 2003 in various Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) on the Big Island. Candace is interested in providing IOP Substance Abuse Services for adolescents and adults, along with substance abuse education for families dealing with family members that suffer from the Disease of Addiction. “Today we have the opportunity to help individuals get a better understanding of self-care incorporating the Mind, Body and Spirit to wellness,” believes Candace.
Born in Bozeman, Montana, Candace lived at various Navy bases on the West Coast until her father was stationed in Oahu where she went to high school and college. Afterward, she lived in Oklahoma for 13 years and later came home to her father’s family in Kohala to raise her children. Candace is, “Grateful to be of service and working together with others having the same mindset of helping support our mission of wellness in our community.”
Candace chose to work in the field of addiction to help individuals suffering from addiction disorder and often works closely with HKH psychologists to give those that also have co-occurring mental health disorders the best outcome possible. “I enjoy when individuals help themselves and are able to integrate themselves back into their community with their friends and family,” said Candace. It’s important to “find their purpose!”
TOBACCO TREATMENT SPECIALIST – serving both Kohala and Hamakua clinics
Kathryn Akioka is passionate about her life’s work and has been doing it since well before she graduated Loma Linda University as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RT). As a teen in the ‘70s, she assisted her father, a progressive doctor, in providing tobacco cessation support groups in the community. She enjoyed encouraging and supporting people ready to make a lifestyle change.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, she was a supervisor within three months and on the fast track to run a large RT department in a major hospital until she met and married Dr. Edmund Akioka, dentist and local Honoka’a boy, and moved to Hawai’i.
During her more than 30 years of service to our community, she has worked at Hilo Medical Center and North Hawaii Community Hospital. She has worked with the Hawaii Public health Institute and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii and served for three years on the board of the Big Island Chapter of the American Lung Association of Hawaii.
In 2004, Kathryn joined Hamakua-Kohala Health and in various capacities, helped run Asthma Camp for 13 years and spent three years at local high schools providing Asthma education and counseling, stressing the dangers of tobacco use. She also served on the Asthma Camp steering committee.
As a HKH Tobacco Treatment Specialist for the Hawaii Community Foundation Tobacco Cessation Grant, she still enjoys working with patients and assisting them to achieve a tobacco-free lifestyle and was named for the 2016 Outstanding Service Provider Award by the Hawaii Public Health Institute and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii.