See what is in store for the new community health center.
Molokai Community Health Center News Release
The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) has been providing accessible comprehensive individual and community health care to the people of Molokai since 2004. With services including medical, dental, behavioral health and early childhood development, the MCHC has quickly outgrown its space in Kaunakakai’s Kamo`i Building.
With the recent purchase of the old “Pau Hana Inn” property, the MCHC is headed in an exciting new direction. Big plans call for the renovation of what has been renamed the Molokai Oceanside Health and Wellness Center (MOHWC). The Community Health Center’s new home is slated to open in 2011.
The new center will offer clinical services utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates traditional Hawaiian cultural practices as well as Western and alternative medicine. It will also offer a variety of community programs and resources, including a community center featuring a meeting hall, restaurant facilities, recreational areas, a swimming pool, walking paths, native garden, beach activities, and areas for community events.
“This health center is all about community, and we want the community to be a part of its development,” says Desiree Puhi, Executive Director of the MCHC. “We’ve got a lot of money to raise to make this happen and we can’t do that without our community’s support.”
On Saturday Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the MCHC will open its doors to the new Oceanside Center for a community “sneak peek.” The event is being called “A Day of Getting to Know You” and will offer free food, prizes, keiki activities and an opportunity to tour the property and learn about future plans.
“What we’re trying to do right now is raise awareness and understanding about MCHC’s long-term vision and its mission in addition to the new facilities and expanded service offerings,” says Kehau Pule, Board Member and coordinator of the event. “We value the community’s input, and encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas about the types of services and activities that would meet Molokai’s needs.”