Hokoana to Lead Native Hawaiian Health Center

July 23, 2012, 5:41 PM HST · Updated July 24, 1:55 PM
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Lui K. Hokoana, UH courtesy photo.

By Sonia Isotov

Last week, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, a native Hawaiian health care center, installed Lui Hokoana as their board of director’s president along with several new officers at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based health enhancement, disease prevention and health care center. Their programs focus on nutrition, health management and health care referrals.

Services are provided to the native Hawaiian community on Maui through its Wailuku and Hana office. Almost 2000 people use Hui No Ke Ola Pono currently and jobs are provided to 40 people.

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On July 17, Dr. Lui Hokoana, Ed.D was installed as president. Dr. Hokoana is an associate vice president of a student affairs for the University of Hawai’i System. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, an MA in communications from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and an EdD in education from the University of Southern California.

Hui No Ke Ola Pono is located in the J. Walter Cameron Center. Courtesy file photo.

Neldon E. Mamuad was installed as vice president. Mamuad is the director of event technology at PSAV Presentation Services as well as a Commissioner for the County Dept. of Liquor Control.

Johanna Amorin is now secretary. She is an entrepreneur and owner of Jobline X-Press, Inc.

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Priscilla Yamamura is Treasurer. Yamamura is a branch manager at the Territorial Savings Bank in Kahului.

The majority funding source for Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc. is a federal grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Using my experience in marketing promotions and technology I hope to increase the public’s awareness of the Hui,” said Neldon E. Mamuad, the vice president of Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc.

“The vision I share with my colleagues on the board is to encourage people to become their own health advocate and to be there as a resource to navigate them on their quest to maintain a healthy life. From Hana to Kapalua, Hui No Ke Ola Pono is available to all of Maui and I hope to make a positive difference both within the organization and to our external clients.”

For more information, call Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc. at (808) 244-4647 or visit www.hnkop.org.

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