Kōkua Kalihi Valley: Nurturing a Healthy Community

Jul 15, 2014

Amenina Opet (behind), Community Outreach worker, managesthe Seams Wonderful women's sewing program; Keichy Simor, foreground, is a peer sewing instructor/mentor
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David Derauf, physician, Executive Director of KKV, inside the Waiwai store at KKV's Wellness Center. He is standing with several of the tinctures made from ingredients grown at Ho'oulu 'Aina and used in traditional medicine.
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Doris Segal Matsunaga, Maternal Child Health Director at KKV, holds one of the many lively items for sale to the public in KKV's Waiwai Room.
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   Through the recent struggles over a national health care system, in fact, for the past 42 years, a health clinic in Kalihi has been working diligently to provide care that works for their particular neighborhood.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found an incredible variety of services are organically integrated in the daily work at Kōkua Kalihi Valley.

Kōkua Kalihi Valley has eight locations providing services that range from dental and medical care to a neighborhood bike program.    We will take a look at the Ho'oulu 'Aina Farm program and Roots Cafe in the next installment.

Find out more about the Medical Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai‘i.  They hold Legal Clinic hours at KKV Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-5pm, and at Kūhiō Park Terrace on Wednesdays, 1-4pm. 

Find out more about the 100 acre nature preserve and farm at the back of Kalihi Valley, Ho‘oulu ‘Aina.