HONOKAA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Devon Tsai
Kick start summer by celebrating the Hamakua Medical Center's 50th anniversary health fair
Since 1966, the Hamakua Infirmary opened its doors in Honoka'a to provide care for plantation workers and their families on the Hamakua Coast. The "Infirmary," as it was called, was the main medical center for the community.
In 1993, when Hamakua Sugar announced its final closure, the Hamakua Infirmary once again adapted and changed its form. Thanks to the inspired vision and dedication of then-administrator, Gail Walker, the Board of Directors, our legislators and community. The Hamakua Infirmary was given new life as it transformed into The Hamakua Health Center.
Healthcare in Kohala was also rooted in the history of the sugar plantation. Prior to the closure of Kohala Sugar Co. in 1973, plantation employees and their families received healthcare at the dispensary, which is the current location of our Kohala Health Center. In 2006 with the reduction of healthcare services in North Kohala and at the request of Kohala residents, Hamakua Health Center Inc. acquired Kohala Family Health Center. In 2014, Hamakua Health Center, Inc. was renamed Hamakua-Kohala Health.
So in honor of these long time medical services, the community will celebrate the 50th anniversary with food, games and live entertainment on May 28, 2016 at the Honoka'a Sports Complex.
Free blood pressure checks will also be available.
For more information, contact Kai Gacayan, Community Health Insurance Coordinator, at 808-345-3509.