Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi is a private, non-profit organization originally formed in 1985 as the Puna Community Caring Health System in collaboration with Alu Like, Inc.  Hawaiian community leaders (mostly farmers), health professionals, technicians, and educators responded to the Puna Hui ʻOhana's concern about the Native Hawaiians reluctance to seek medical care until it was too late.

With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a grassroots campaign was organized to address concerns about access to preventive and primary health care services and the many health issues facing Native Hawaiians who lived in remote areas of Hawaiʻi Island.

These community efforts led to research conducted by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute that established the need for improved access to care and later resulted in the formation of the Native Hawaiian Health Task Force of Hawaii Island in 1988. It was designated through the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 100-579 later that same year.

Finally in 1991, under the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act, Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi became incorporated and was recognized as the Hawaiian health entity serving the Big Island. Hui Mālama opened its doors in a small office in Hilo with four staff total (including the
Interim Director); two of those original staff still remain with us. At that time, staff walked through Hawaiian Homelands in Hilo (Keaukaha and Pana'ewa) and "knocked on every door, spreading the word about services". Since that time we have grown to 35 staff and five sites across our island: Hilo, Pahoa, Na'ālehu, Captain Cook, and Waimea.


Board of Directors

Mabel De Silva, Poʻo

Mabel-DeSilvaAreas of Expertise and Experience:  Hawaiian Culture, Community Outreach, Veteran’s Affairs

Philosophy on Life: Live each day with aloha for our Ohana and the ʻāina.

David J. Lovell

David J. LovellAreas of Expertise and Experience: Grant Administration, Business and Technology, Community Outreach, Medical and Health Issues, Financial Procedures
Philosophy on Life: In the end, all that remains is your word and deed, so make it count!

Leona Seto-Mook

Leona-Seto-MookAreas of Expertise and Experience: 
Business and Financial Management Consultant, Community Volunteer and Advisor, Accounting (CPA), Real Estate, Education  
Philosophy on Life: Peace and love, not war.

Louis Hao

Louis-HaoAreas of Expertise and Experience: Hawaiian Culture, Elected Office (OHA), Government Services, Community Outreach
Philosophy on Life:  Kanaka Makua ... Be A Man of Worth

Robert Yamada II

Robert-YamadaAreas of Expertise and Experience: Program Administration, Construction Manager, Engineer/Inspector, Contract Management
Philosophy on Life: Go slow to go fast

Noelani Puniwai, PhD

Areas of Expertise and Experience: Grant Administration, Community Outreach, Natural & Resource Management Educator

Philosophy on Life: ʻIke i ke au nui ke au iki, he alo a he alo;  Learn of the big currents and little currents, face to face

Staff Directory

Hilo Office


Lehua Andrade – Interim Executive Director

Val Hadley – Interim Executive Assistant

Del De Los Santos – Chief Financial Officer

Mercy Nakayama – Finance Assistant

Lisa Canale – Project Analyst

Noe Scott – Administrative and Facilities Specialist

ʻOihana Community Relations

Cori Wehrsig – Director of Community Relations

Lei Andrade – Health Promotion Specialist

Sweetie Osorio – Special Events Coordinator

ʻOihana Health Education

Wanda Louis – Interim Director of Health Education & Case Management

Kristy Victorino – Cancer Program Coordinator

Kalani Lawson – Exercise Science Program Coordinator

Edna Baldado – Community Health Specialist

Brandon Kobashigawa – Project Manager-OHA

Tiare Ortega – Traditional Healing Program Assistant

ʻOihana Case Manager

Bernie Freitas – Interim Coordinator of Case Management

Leenal Castro –  Case Manager

Jasmine LeFever – Temporary Receptionist

Mari Martin – Interim Coordinator of Case Management

Yvonne Replogle – Intake Specialist

Casey McCandless – Case Manager

Pua Puniwai-Viritua – Transportation Specialist


Captain Cook Office:

Maxine Kalani – Case Manager/Site Manager

Maile Mercado – Case Manager

Waimea Office:

Ulu Alip – Case Manager/Site Manager

Natalie Morales – Case Manager

Kaʻu Office:

Keamalu Waltjen – Case Manager/Site Manager