Project Vision Hawaiʻi Receives $8,608 OHA Grant

September 8, 2016, 4:46 PM HST · Updated September 8, 4:51 PM
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Maui residents can look for free retina/vision tests aboard a 30-foot orange Project Vision Hawai`i bus at islandwide health screenings. Courtesy photo.

Maui residents can look for free retina/vision tests aboard a 30-foot orange Project Vision Hawai`i bus at islandwide health screenings. Courtesy photo.

The Ahahui Grant Program of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Project Vision Hawaiʻi $8,608 to provide free vision and health screens, targeting under-served communities in Maui. The goal is to detect eye diseases early.

The funds will support services to 10,000 people and target the Native Hawaiian community.

Initial screening events for Project Vision’s annual Maui services include:

Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Happy Valley Wellness Day and Hoʻolualea, 399 N. Market St., Wailuku, HI 96793

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Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Aloha Festival Hoʻolaulea Lahaina, Historic Banyan Tree Park, corner of Front St. and Canal St., Lahaina, HI 96761

Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hāna Parade and Hoʻolaulea
Hāna Ball Park, 5091 Uakea Rd., Hāna, HI 96713

Sunday, Oct/ 9, 2016, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: ʻOhana Play Day Games, Hāna Bay Beach Park, 150 Keawa Pl., Hāna, HI 96713

One of Project Vision’s three mobile units will remain on Maui where the organization has one staff member to provide regular vision screenings through May 2017. A full schedule can be found at www.projectvisionhawaii.org.

“OHA’s gift allows Project Vision to provide very specific health services to the Native Hawaiian community on Maui that can identify diseases such as diabetes as well as eye diseases,” said Annie Valentin, executive director of PVH. “This is particularly valuable in communities like Hāna where access to health services can be challenging.”

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