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Hāmākua-Kohala Health now providing services in Waimea. Call (808) 887-6460 to schedule an appointment with

Dr. Eric Murray, Dr. Irving Harper, Dr. Jon Gerdsen or Dr. Maria Perlas.

65-1190 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea HI 96743

Phone (808)887-6460


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Meet the Waimea Medical Staff

Eric Murray, MD


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!”



Candace Kauahi, CSAC

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!”

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