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53-3925 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapa’au, HI 96755
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Keiki dental services are back at The Amazing Tooth Bus!
The Amazing Tooth Bus is back at Hamakua-Kohala Health’s Kapa’au Clinic and is currently scheduling children, including those with QUEST Insurance.
Hours: Monday AND Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Meet the Kapa’au Medical Staff
After completing her residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital – USC Medical Center, Dr. McKenna immediately moved to the North Shore of Oahu where she worked for nine years as the solo pediatrician at Kahuku Hospital. Later, as Chief of Staff, she obtained significant funding for improvements to the hospital’s ER surgical suite and birthing areas.
Dr. McKenna moved to the Big Island in 1990 where she opened a general pediatric practice in Waimea. Assisting in the design and planning for North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) took a lot of her time and energy as well, and over the next years Dr. McKenna spent almost as much time at NHCH as in her clinic, including serving as Chief of Staff and frequent stints as head of Pediatrics.
Later Dr. McKenna moved to Wisconsin to be near her family, where she trained Physician Assistants as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for Marquette University Medical School. She was also trained at the largest infectious disease center west of the Rockies and feels communicable disease identification and eradication is an ongoing concern. Dr. McKenna has over 30 years in pediatrics and has worked in a variety of challenging settings in Arizona, California, Hawai’i, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Dr. McKenna was homesick for Hawai’i and moved back recently. She now treats keiki at the Kohala clinic, where she is well known to many North Hawai’i families. Dr. McKenna has deep interest in identifying and supporting learning differences in children using behavioral, nutritional and academic approaches.
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!”
Joseph Coleman, DDS
Dr. Joseph Coleman began seeing patients on September 11. Call the Kapa’au clinic to make and appointment for your keiki to get an exam, X-rays, teeth cleaning to get out all the “sugar bugs,” any cavities filled with white fillings, and even a sealant to help prevent cavities later. Emergency, same-day care is also available!
Dr. Coleman plans to, “Provide the North Kohala community with great dental care, teaching the proper ways to take good care of your teeth and gums and restore any teeth to proper form and function.”
We are still working very hard on expanding to be able to provide adult services too. Thank you all for your patience and support.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine providing comprehensive primary care to adults.
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.