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Preventing Accidents and Keeping Our Keiki Safe

August 23rd was a perfect day for the grand opening of Honokaa’s community skate park and for the staff at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua (HHH) to outfit youth with safety equipment.

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Our Baby Iris!

September 8, 2014 started off as an ordinary Monday morning at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua…that is until shortly after 7:00 am when Mary Conner and John Doherty rushed into the Emergency Department.

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Cooking Up Confidence and Independence!

Our resident cooking group is a collaborative activity between nutrition services and the activities departments to utilize the food that we have in-house to allow residents the opportunity to regain their confidence in cooking and themselves.

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Welcome to Hale Ho`ola Hamakua

Hale Ho’ola Hamakua facility, originally known as Honoka`a Hospital, has served the healthcare needs of the communities of Hamakua, North Hawaii and South Kohala since 1951. In November 1995, the current facility was opened above the old hospital, to provide long term care services. The facility was renamed Hale Ho`ola Hamakua (Haven of Wellness in Hamakua) in 1997 to reflect its new focus. In 2010, the Maile Wing was added to the facility to bring the total number of beds up to 77.

Today, we offer a 24/7 emergency department, acute care, rehabilitation care, long-term care, x-ray and laboratory services.

Hale Ho`ola Hamakua is a part of the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public corporation established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.

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Jo-Nelle Tavares

Jo-Nelle Tavares

Institution Food Services Manager II

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Disaster Preparedness at Its Best!

On September 18, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua sprung into disaster preparedness mode when students at Honokaa Elementary and Honokaa High & Intermediate were sent home due to a strong chemical odor. About 40 students and 10 adults from the school who reported feeling symptoms of nausea, dizziness, headache and respiratory problems were transported to HHH and North Hawaii Community Hospital to be assessed and treated. Members of the Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT), based at Hilo Medical Center, rushed out to Honoka’a to assist in setting up the decontamination tent and receiving patients. HHH opened up an Incident Command Center and sprung into action with staff members from all departments taking on various roles to ensure an organized process.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries and all students and adults were treated and released by the Emergency Department at HHH. Feedback from the community has since poured in commending HHH’s staff for handling a frightening and seemingly chaotic situation with such organization, compassion and professionalism. 

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News and Updates



Wanted: More than 200 Doctors

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East Hawaii health services could face ‘catastrophic cuts’

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