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Free eye, dental care draws hundreds on Maui, Lanai

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An offer of free health and dental care attracted more than 500 people to clinics on Maui and Lanai Wednesday.

They lined up for services at the first day of the military's Tropic Care Maui County Clinic.

Military doctors, nurses and dentists offer their services free of charge. Patients don't need to have insurance or even an ID.

They can also receive free vision checks and eyeglasses. Mayor Alan Arakawa says he applied to have the program come to Maui County three years ago.

"Many people just cannot afford the cost of medical care. Cannot even get into programs that allow insurance so for a lot of people this is the only way they're going to get serviced at all," said Arakawa.

There are currently three clinics open on Maui at Iao Intermediate School, Saint Theresa Catholic Church and Helene Hall in Hana.

A fourth will open at the Lahaina Civic Center on June 11.

On Lanai, the free services are at Lanai High and Elementary School. And a clinic on Molokai at Kaunakakai Elementary School will open on Friday.

For details on clinic hours & exact dates:   Http://www.mauicounty.gov/index.aspx?nid=1933

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