by: Diane Ako
HONOLULU (KHNL)- An unusual partnership between medicine and mariners. In January the Hokulea sets sail to Micronesia. It is working with Aloha Medical Mission to bring free health care to the islands. Aloha Medical Mission's goal is to serve poor people in rural areas. It will join the Hokulea in mid-voyage. It plans to send medical teams to Yap, Palau, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and the Marshall Islands to provide medical care and education.
AMM's executive director Butch DelaCruz says, "We'll be flying to the island, and with the Hokulea, sailing between islands. We're hoping to have 1-2 doctors on the Hokulea to visit the smaller islands and provide medical services."
AMM needs doctors to volunteer for the mission. If you're not a doctor but you still want to help, you can donate medical equipment or money to Aloha Medical Mission. The volunteers pay their own way. The money goes to buying medical supplies.