Healthy Fun In Hauula Saturday

Have fun while promoting community health. That’s what’s happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the inaugural Health and Preparedness Fair put on by Ko‘olauloa Community Health and Wellness Center (KCHWC) at Kokololio Beach Park in Hauula.

Planned are ono food, Tahitian dancing, Zumba, aerobics, and booths that offer screenings for diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Educational displays will focus on mental and physical, as well as spiritual health with a cultural component. For keiki, there will be bouncers, face painting and glitter tattoos.

The fair is a fundraiser for KCHWC, which has a clinic in Kahuku and one at Hauula Shopping Center. The two federally certified health centers together care for the medically underserved population on the 35-mile stretch from Kualoa

Ranch to Waimea Valley. They also offer service to many financially needy patients. A federal grant has enabled KCHWC to engage in community outreach, providing health screening at farmers markets and other community events, and offering medical and dental services to students at Kahuku Intermediate and High School. The clinics also have a dental van that services five area elementary schools.

KCHWC is currently partnering with Kahuku Medical Center through referrals, lab and X-ray services and staff sharing. The center’s long-term vision includes opening a medical campus that would create jobs in the rural community while offering primary, specialty, obstetrics and dental care and family and senior services to its population. The fair is expected to help fund that vision.

For more information, call Michelle Malufau at 293-9216 or 387-9287.