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May 6, 2023 – Hamakua-Kohala Health to host first health fair event since 2019.

The Kick-Off to Summer Bash will be held on Saturday, May 6th at the Honokaa Gym Complex from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. It is an admission free event open to all! There will be over 20 informational vendors available including Hawaii Life Flight, Legal Aid Society, AlohaCare, HMSA, ‘Ohana Health Care, and United Health Care Quest. There will also be a keiki zone with face painting, jumping castle, and Keiki ID. Covid vaccination clinic will also be available for those looking to get their booster shot. Call us at (808) 930-2759 for more information on our upcoming health fair event.


November 2022— Hamakua-Kohala Health receives Community Partner Award  “Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii Alakaʻi Award” 

Jen Valera & Kai Carvalho, Hāmākua-Kohala Health Staff Members received Outstanding Community Partner recognition in Tobacco Control by the Hawaii Public Health Institute. We would like to thank all the team members and partners that contribute into making these efforts and success possible.

November 2022 —Growing and accelerating in the Medical Field recognition.

Medical Assistant Naheana continues her education for higher learning towards her Licensed Practical Nurse certification. She has been recognized by the National Society of Leadership and Success with multiple certificates while on her journey.
Nahe achievements

September 2022 —American Heart Association and American Medical Association “Silver Recognition awarded to Hamakua-Kohala Health”

In recognition for your commitment to improving blood pressure control through accurate measurement among your adult patients.

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What’s happening to the Old Honoka’a Infirmary now that it’s demolished? Sharon Cariaga-Alfonso, Business Development Director, shares insights for our future expansion of Hamakua-Kohala Health in Honoka’a. 

With the upcoming Honoka’a facility, we will continue to serve our communities by being accessible. We are committed to providing quality healthcare, whether uninsured, underinsured, or insured. 

Our comprehensive services in our upcoming facility include Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health, and other enabling services to keep you and our community healthy. We would like to acknowledge and appreciate your generous aloha, patience, and support throughout the years.

Are you concerned about your blood pressure, or would you like to learn more about how to improve your blood pressure? One of our many healthier you programs offers Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring. 

We have Ashley, Medical Assistant, demonstrating how to use the monitor correctly. At Hāmākua-Kohala Health, we teach our patients how to self-monitor their blood pressure daily at home or wherever. We provide clinical support, one on one counseling, and education.

To learn more about our health education programs, call us at (808) 775-7204.

How to monitor your blood pressure Ashley, Medical Assistant of Hamakua Kohala Health demonstrates using an at-home blood pressure monitor and reading your blood pressure. To learn more about our health education programs or to schedule an appointment, call us at (808) 775-7204. Whether insured or uninsured, we can help you.

Are you ready for a nutritional diet and a better you? Melody, our Care Coordinator, shares insights with one of our many healthier you programs. The VeggieRX, The Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program, helps our patients who may need support with nutritional education, diabetes, and hypertension, to name a few. The VeggieRX is a fantastic partnership with our local farmer’s market, where we get fresh fruits and produce. Learn more about VeggieRX and our other healthier you programs by contacting Hāmākua-Kohala Health at (808) 775-7204. This program is part of being a Federally Qualified Health Clinic.

Let’s make a refreshing local-style tofu salad! Melody (Care Coordinator) from Hamakua Kohala Health, Healthier You Programs, demonstrates an easy-to-make Tofu Salad using local fresh vegetables from our local farmers and Veggie RX program. Let’s continue to make healthier choices.

Did you know flossing is essential to preventing teeth and gum problems? Learn the proper way to floss your teeth with Dr. Joseph Coleman, DDS of Hamakua Kohala Health. Practice this technique to have healthier teeth and gum, and reduce undesired visits to the dentist. Hamakua Kohala Health is currently serving twenty years and younger patients at our Kohala and Waimea clinics.

Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes? Not sure if you have pre-diabetes? Get tested today at Hamakua Kohala Health to get enrolled. It is not necessary to be a patient of Hamakua Kohala Health. Our Diabetes Prevention program is a year-long curriculum with tools to get you on the right track. Call us today and find out how you can get started. Hamakua Kohala Health Diabetes Prevention Program Direct line: (808) 930-2770 Main: (808) 775-7204

Are you trying to quit tobacco smoking? Jan Valera, Health Literacy Director, and our other Quit Tobacco Specialists of Hamakua Kohala Health help individuals who want to quit smoking. This tobacco treatment program will assist you with all the right tools to help you quit smoking. Anyone can participate, but you must be 18 years or older. Call us today to find out more about how you can get started on quitting smoking.

We offer our patients free transportation. Do you need a ride to your appointment? One of the best things about Hamakua-Kohala Health is we offer our patients a free ride to their doctor’s appointments and pharmacy. If you live between Ninole, Kohala & Waikoloa areas, we will gladly pick you up and drop you off. Our patients enjoy this wonderful transportation service!

Free home Covid-19 test kit, and N-95 Mask while available at all locations.We are here to help our North Hawaii communities with Covid-19 services offered at Hamakua Kohala Health. Covid-19 services are offered at our Honokaa, Waimea, and Kohala Clinics. 

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