We are committed to reducing barriers to ensure individuals on Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i have access to the care they need and can enjoy the best quality of life. The result? Innovative, distinctively Hawaiian programs that improve the health status of all whom we serve, from keiki to kūpuna.
Nā Pu‘uwai applied for and received federal recognition in 1986 as a 501(c)(3) non- profit entity dedicated to researching chronic diseases affecting Native Hawaiians and improving their health. The Board of Directors included representatives from four districts on topside Moloka‘i, one from Kalaupapa and one from Lāna‘i.
When the opportunity arose to expand Nā Pu‘uwai to provide a suite of culturally-relevant health services, the communities of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i approved.
Nā Pu‘uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System, as it exists today, began operations in October 1990 with funding from the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act of 1988.
Our mission is to improve the health condition of Native Hawaiians on Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i by providing access to care and creating a health care system that is respectful of the cultural beliefs and practices of the people we serve.
Nā Pu‘uwai was initially formed in 1984 as the advisory board for the Moloka‘i Heart Study. Incorporated in 1985, Nā Pu‘uwai has operated as a private, non-profit organization since 1991.
Nā Pu‘uwai took on the kuleana for planning a Native Hawaiian Health Care System for the islands of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i under the federal Native Hawaiian Health Care Act of 1988, which was later reauthorized as the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act in 1992 and again in 2010.
Our logo refers to the heart (Pu‘uwai) and its role in circulation (the well springs of life).
It is an analogy of the role of Nā Pu‘uwai, which circulates life-giving services and programs throughout the communities of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.