by: Paul Drewes
(KHNL) - While many are anticipating the end of the year, some North Shore residents are not. For them, it could mean the end of Kahuku Hospital.
The announced closure came several weeks ago and rallied State lawmakers and community members into action.
Alll of them working together to find a way to keep the hospital open. For many, it has made a life or death difference to someone they know.
Pua Kamakeeaina, a Laie resident, suffered from a stroke two years ago. According to Kamakeeaina, she says "I was lucky, I was lucky to have that hospital there, it saved my life. If I had waited longer I would have been gone because I already had a blood clot in my brain."
Kamakeeaina, along with so many others in the the North Shore community, are fighting for Kahuku Hospital.
Even employees of Kahuku Hospital were able to gather over 2,000 signed petitions from concerned community members.
That concern has also sparked weekly meetings, since the hospital announced the closure.
Still, members of this close knit community, who have rallied around the hospital, know it will take more than just their heart felt efforts to save this facility.
Noe Kamakeeaina, a Kahuku Hospital employee says, the fate of the of the hospital is in the hands of both the State and the community.
And as the deadline looms, State legislators are confident the doors to Kahuku Hospital will stay open.
"I will introduce legislation," says Senator Clayton Hee. "And I think you can expect those measures will be successful," Hee says.