Hana Ola


The Grace Hagemann Scholarship pays tribute to the remarkable life of Grace Haaheo Kaawakano Hagemann, a resilient and self-educated woman who dedicated herself to providing for her family. Despite facing adversity, Grace worked tirelessly to support her ʻohana while leaving a legacy. One of her descendants, the late Billy Akutagawa, is one of the co-founders of Nā Puʻuwai. The Grace Hagemann Scholarship, valued at $1000, is awarded to a deserving student from Molokaʻi. Eligible applicants must be high school graduates and residents of Molokaʻi, accepted into a postsecondary program or training in a healthcare profession. Applicants should possess a strong passion and commitment to applying their education to enhance the health status of Native Hawaiians.

Please submit completed application and supporting documents to: [email protected]


What is Hana Ola?


Hana Ola is Nā Puʻuwaiʻs workforce development center whose mission is to actively address social and cultural disparities by training highly skilled, culturally responsive professionals for the Molokai and Lānaʻi workforce, while creating economic growth opportunities for generations to come.

Hana Ola's primary objectives are to:

Provide clinical site training for the healthcare professionals in our state, through agreements we have with academic institutions.

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka halau hoʻokahi (Not all knowledge is learned in one school)

Home-grow practitioners in shortage categories by providing onsite training for residents of Molokai and Lānaʻi communities in the rich and rewarding healthcare field.

Increase health literacy by producing highly trained healthcare professionals within our communities to mālama our keiki, kūpuna, and each other.

Training Partnerships

Naturopathic Medicine Residency Program

Postdoctoral residency programs in naturopathic medicine offer naturopathic doctors opportunities for advanced training in the practice of naturopathic medicine.

The  Puʻuwai ND residency program is a one year program in a community healthcare setting with a focus on improving the health status of Native Hawaiians through an innovative care delivery model.  The emphasis of our ND residency program is to provide high quality development of the future naturopathic medical workforce committed to serving medically underserved communities. 

Did You Know?

  • By 2025, the United States is projected to face a workforce shortage of about 20,000 primary care providers in rural health areas (Streeter et al., 2020).
  • Existing support systems such as family and social networks contribute to practitioners’ overall positive experience and reduce financial barriers that come with out-of-town training, thereby increasing staff retention (Redford, 2019). Esu et al. (2021) and Verma, et al. (2016) report higher rates of retention of up to 92% when practitioners have some level of experience with and/or connection to the rural areas in which they work (Esu et al., 2021; Verma, et al., 2016).   
  • Engaging young children in healthy behaviors and helping others to do so as well is the start of health literacy that can generate interest in health careers as early as primary school (Kumar et al., 2015). 
  • Students from rural communities often form emotional attachments to their patients and experience a deep sense of empowerment (Steeb et al., 2019). Consequently, pipeline programs have the potential to improve the overall health of a community by enabling younger generations who have already established community trust, to educate and care for their own community members in ways that are not only culturally competent but culturally responsive.