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Maui’s Hui No Ke Ola Pono

Updated 02:46 PM HST, August 1, 2014
Posted 01:43 PM HST, August 1, 2014
US Rep. Mazie Hirono. Photo courtesy US Senate.

US Rep. Mazie Hirono. Photo courtesy US Senate.

By Maui Now Staff

Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui is among a list of six Native Hawaiian health care centers in the state that will receive a share of more than $12.3 million in federal grand funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

US Senator Mazie Hirono, who announced the funding support said the grants are essential to the continued operation of the centers.

“Native Hawaiian health care centers are a crucial thread in the fabric of our island communities. This funding will go to Papa Ola Lokahi and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems on each island, which provide vital services for Hawaii’s indigenous population,” said Hirono in a press release this afternoon.

“I will continue to advocate for this and other programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians,” she said.

According to Hirono, the funds will enable the health centers to pay for rent, salaries, overhead, and assist in providing medications for qualified patients.

The funds are being distributed through the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act and will benefit: Hoʻola Lahui Hawaiʻi on Kauaʻi; Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi on Hawaiʻi Island; Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui; Ke Ola Mamo on Oʻahu; Nā Puʻuwai on Molokaʻi; and Papa Ola Lokahi on Oʻahu.

Together, Hirono said, the health care providers have served as many as 126,000 Native Hawaiians.

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  • leibwss

    If these funds went to any other racial groups, such as people of Japanese or European heritage, it would be declared racist. It is this type of pandering that increases dependency on big brother. The politicians are using our tax money to buy votes.

    • Phoebus

      True enough. But i don’t mind making what amounts to tiny reparations for the disenfranchisement that Hawaii’s indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of their European conquerors…

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