APPLAUSE: UH Native Hawaiian Health Chair Keawe Kaholokula receives Native Hawaiian Health Award
Pictured: Dr. Kaholokula, at center right, holding the award.
By UH Med Now
September was quite a month for University of Hawaiʻi Chair of Native Hawaiian Health Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, PhD. It began in New Orleans with him and co-investigator Mele Look at a national meeting of the American Heart Association, presenting research showing that including minority cultural practices into an organized health improvement program can yield dramatic results. Over five years, their hula-based intervention significantly reduced hypertension among 263 Native Hawaiians on three islands. At month’s end, he was in Waikiki, accepting the Native Hawaiian Health Award at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) annual convention.
Read about the Hula Intervention Study
The award was given by the CNHA and Papa Ola Lokahi. The CNHA Health Committee recommended Dr. Kaholokula for the award in recognition of his longstanding contributions, including through his work at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, to improving Native Hawaiian health. We join them in congratulating Dr. Kaholokula and the Department of Native Hawaiian Health ʻohana!