AN INTRODUCTION TO KUMUKAHI HEALTH + WELLNESS
A short video introducing who we are, what we do, and why the work we do at Kumukahi Health + Wellness is so important for the people of our community.
Rooted in the principles of Harm Reduction, Kumukahi Health & Wellness provides a safe space for people affected by or living with HIV and others in need by addressing the social determinants of health for all underserved communities on Hawai'i Island. Kumukahi Health & Wellness strives to enhance the quality of life for its participants and aspires to be the model of accessible, client-centered, and culturally competent support and care for other service providers across Hawai'i and the Pacific.
Kumukahi Health & Wellness has been serving our community in a variety of capacities since 1985. The organization was known as Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation since 2003, and decided to embark on a name change in 2021 to reflect the growth and changes in our organization. We have grown from a support group of a few staff and volunteers providing simple support, to an agency that saves lives and helps to educate our community and provide life saving services for some of our island’s most vulnerable people.
The name Kumukahi was chosen because it uniquely identifies us as being from the Big Island. This is where the first rays of the sun enter the Hawaiian universe. Kumukahi can mean ‘one foundation’. Kumukahi Health & Wellness was chosen to emphasize the holistic nature of our services, and serves as a safe place for Hawaii’s most vulnerable populations living in most rural and remote areas of our state.”