Forever Young

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The key to Ho'oipo DeCambra's success is he belief that she was put on this earth to serve others.  Her passion is the health and well being of the people in the Waianae Community.  As the Housing Director of the Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center, Hale Na'au Pono, Ho'oipo is working to provide culturally and socially sensitive, community-based, behavioral health services to children and adults covering a wide range of mental health needs including substance abuse and therapeutic foster care.  She also works with the Waianae and Nanakuli School complexes through the EPIC Foundation.  Troubled by the alarming number of Hawaiian women with breast cancer, Ho'oipo pioneered the Women's Cancer Research Project from 1990-1995 which taught women and their families about breast and cervical cancers.  Utilizing traditional Hawaiian values and healing practices, Ho'oipo has been able to reach out to the Native Hawaiian community, which suffers from a high incidence of cancer.

Some of Ho'oipo's greatest accomplishments are being named a Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader in 2000, only 10 people nationwide receive this prestigious honor annually, and completing her Masters degree as a Rehabilitation Counselor at Chaminade University in 2009.  She is also recognized as an Honored Sister by the Women's Fund of Hawaii.

Ho'oipo is a role model for lifelong learning. She is a teacher at the Waianae Health Academy instructing non-traditional students returning to school for the first time in the Community Health Worker I course. She believes that by providing free instructional training in the area of Mental Health to interested community people, she enhances their ability to obtain positions in the field and encourages them to continue their education. Ho'oipo is currently conducting a free, 32-hour instructional training course for members of the Waianae Community who are interested in working in the area of Mental Health. She advocates for more scholarships for degrees in Social Work. Her dream is to see non-traditional students getting their BA in Social Work right on the Waianae Coast.

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