WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced the award of $12,339,016 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding to support Native Hawaiian health care centers across Hawaii. These grants are essential to the continued operation of Native Hawaiian health care centers, enabling them to pay for rent, salaries, various overhead, as well as assist in providing medications for qualified patients.
“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. “I will continue to advocate for this and other programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians.”
The funding is being distributed through the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The various Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems are:
- Hoola Lahui Hawaii (Kauai)
- Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi (Hawaii Island)
- Hui No Ke Ola Pono (Maui)
- Ke Ola Mamo (Oahu)
- Na Puuwai (Molokai)
- Papa Ola Lokahi (Oahu)
Together, these health care providers have served as many as 126,000 Native Hawaiians.