Visit to sign-up for Diabetes Management class today! Or call us at (808) 969-9220.

Diabetes Mellitus is one of the leading causes of death in the our communities. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious damage of every organ, often resulting in complications such as stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputation of limbs, and complications of pregnancy.

Did you know that diabetes affects 1 of 8 people here in Hawaiʻi?

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the failure of one of the body’s regulatory systems to produce insulin. Those who have Type I diabetes are unable to produce insulin. Insulin’s main role is to tell the body when to store glucose and when to use it for energy, which is why those with Type I diabetes tend to store an overabundance of glucose. This may cause many health problems with the kidneys, eyes, and nerves. People with Type II diabetes are able to produce some of their own insulin, but it is often not enough to keep up with regulating the intake of glucose. Or, for some, the body has built a resistance to insulin. This still results in an overabundance of glucose in the body which can lead to a myriad of health issues.

(Sources: American Diabetes Association,

Diabetes Class

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers diabetes classes island-wide!
This is a three-week class that lasts for 2.5 hours once a week. Learn basic information on diabetes, nutrition, exercise, medication and tools needed for continued management of self-health while living with diabetes. Instruction provided by a Registered Nurse (RN) and other medical professions.

This class is FREE and open to those with Diabetes diagnosis.

Visit to sign-up for Diabetes Management class today! Or call us at (808) 969-9220.

Diabetes Support Group

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers support groups as a space for participants to share about their
journey, build ʻohana, receive educational information presented by healthcare professionals, and get answers to their health questions.

The Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi Diabetes Support Group meets twice a month. Health topics range from medication management to foot care to nutrition. Learn how to properly manage your life with diabetes by joining our support group today!

Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month

Times: 2nd Thursday meets 1:00-2:30pm. 4th Thursday meets 6:30-8:00pm.

Location: Hui Mālama office, 1438 Kīlauea Ave, Hilo

Let's Talk Story with Aunty 

Aunty Edna Baldado has been a registered nurse for over 50 years. She spent 28 years with Hilo Medical Center and then continued helping her community as a health education at Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi for the past 25 years. You may have heard one of her many health messages airing on KAPA or KWXX where she educates the community on current health issues. A main focus of her health messages and the Talk Story with Aunty program is the impact of diabetes on Hawaiʻi residents.

We are spreading diabetes awareness, education, and management knowledge. Aunty holds talk story sessions across Hawaiʻi Island to meet with our community and share information. She provides a warm, talk story family-like discussion to answer health questions. This informal approach from Aunty Edna provides a relaxed environment for the community to share their ongoing concerns and personal experiences. While the focus is on diabetes, the talk story usually covers a variety of health topics.

What does your community want to talk about? Call us today to schedule a talk story session with Aunty Edna at (808) 969-9220!