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Kihei Ceremony: Beadie Kanahele Dawson’s empowering speech to our newest Native Hawaiian physicians
Pictured: MD graduates to be, including Keolamau Yee, receive their Kīhei.
By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director
This video includes Kanahele Dawson’s entire powerful speech. In addition to her many contributions to the community, Dawson has been a stalwart supporter of JABSOM, a longtime member of the Friends of the Medical School and the University of Hawaiʻi Richardson Law School as well.
Her words today inspired the future MDs, known as kauka (a Native Hawaiian word for healers), their family and friends, as well as the faculty, staff and community physicians who came together for the ceremony sponsored by ʻAhahui o nā Kauka, the Native Hwaiian Center of Excellence, the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.
Our new Kauka are:
The ceremony took place in the Native Hawaiian healing garden at JABSOM and is meant to offer support and remind the kauka they enter a community of Native Hawaiian healers and hold a great responsibility, with a state of people who need their care, and not enough physicians to adequately meet the needs of our population.
JABSOM has 12 MD students this year of Native descent, and in total proudly graduates 73 physicians on Saturday, May 11, and confers degrees in Medical Technology, and advanced degrees om Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Biomedical Sciences.