NEEDED – Medic for the MEGA Expedition

The OCean Cleanup 2015 MEGA

MEDIC required for month-long sail:

Role: primarily function as a medic on an emergency support vessel to the Mega Expedition fleet

Basic criteria:
– Stabilising trauma and keeping patients stable to get in reach of emergency air rescue.
– Advising crew on other vessels via VHF radio to diagnose problems and treating minor injuries
– Prepare the medical box on board.
– Sailing experience a plus.
– Preferably based in Hawaii (otherwise West Coast)

Dates: 29th of July through the 29th of August.
Departs: 1 August, Kewalo Harbor, Honolulu.
Yacht name: Swiftsure (68′ Nelson Marek)
Paid: $2,500 for the period.

Contact: or

Kīhei Ceremony conveys kuleana of Hawaiian physicians

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Kīhei Ceremony

Celebrate with the graduates

Kaimana Chow
Christy Ann Gilman
Steven Gonsalves
Sally Markee
Austin Nakatsuka
Anne Richardson Wright

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Ka Piko JABSOM, 651 Ilalo St, Kaka‘ako, Near the mala behind research building

Each kauka ‘ōpio, young kanaka doctor, makes a kīhei that tells the story of his or her own journey to medicine. As it is with the physician’s white coat, the kīhei symbolizes great responsibility as a Kanaka physician. Kauka then step up as mentors, one-by-one presenting each student with the storied kīhei and imparting words of wisdom on the importance of kuleana (responsibility), pono (doing right) and lōkahi (teamwork).

Reception to follow.

E komo mai!

RSVP by 5/12/2015 to Kim Yamauchi or

Kauka Are Mauna Kea

KAUKA - We Are Mauna Kea - sunset

In 2004, the ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka, Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians, made a huaka‘i to Mauna Kea to educate ourselves on what is important to our culture, to us as Hawaiians.

As Kānaka Maoli and medical scientists, we support the protection of Mauna Kea. We support the protection of all Sacred Places.

We understand that wahi pana are essential to the health of our people.


Aloha ‘Āina  * Ola Mau


In 1975, five Hawaiians graduated in the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine’s first graduating class.  They joined seven other Hawaiian physicians known to be in practice.  Today, we are aware of more than 300 Native Hawaiian physicians worldwide.  Although our numbers are growing, there is still a lot of work to do to reverse the alarming health trends of the indigenous people in Hawai‘i.

‘Ahahui o nā Kauka believes that physician leadership has a unique role in the shared mission to raise the health status of our people.  ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka provides physicians a forum for fellowship and involvement in initiatives and projects that serve to improve the health of Native Hawaiians.

Hui pū, join us, in finding that space where Hawaiian physicians can champion superior health care for Native Hawaiians through leadership and advocacy, education, community service and collaboration, and the support of one another.