HOME SWEET HANA FOR DIALYSIS PATIENTS
Hui Laulima O Hana celebrates the completion of Hanaâ€™s own Dialysis Center.The group will bless the Hale Pomaikaâ€™i Hana Community Dialysis Home on April 11th.The group began efforts to secure a dialysis center in the rural East Maui location 5 years ago. This was in an attempt to provide service to Hana patients who travel to Central Maui for the nearest treatment facilityâ€”which means a 3-4 hour round trip several times a week.
Hui Laulima says there have been more than 10 dialysis patients who have passed away within a 12 year spanâ€”the most recent of which was Rosalind Moiha in June of last year.In February, the group was met with good news as the county council unanimously approved a 20 year lease to occupy the townâ€™s old physicianâ€™s residence home for $1 a year.
(By Wendy OSHER Â© 2009; Image courtesy Hui Laulima O Hana)