Health pop-up series travels to Molokai

Project Vision Hawaii received a $10,000 Ahahui grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to conduct, “Hui for Health-Molokai,” a series of free community health events on the Friendly Isle.

The fully-equipped mobile screening unit will be driven to three locations around Molokai to provide free vision and health services. The goal of the mobile health pop-up series is to increase access to health services among Native Hawaiians.

The free community health screenings will be:

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday — Festivals of Aloha, Molokai Parade & Hoolaulea, 110 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai.

• 8 a.m. to noon, Monday — Hale Mahaolu: Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai.

• 8 am to noon, Tuesday — Coffees of Hawaii, 1630 Farrington Ave., Kualapuu.

Through these events, Project Vision and its partners in health will provide a host of preventative services including vision screenings, biometric screenings, chronic disease education, blood pressure screenings, glucose tests and overall health assessments. The goal is to reach Native Hawaiians, from keiki to kupuna, especially those living in remote and rural areas of Molokai who do not have adequate access to health care.

The “Hui for Health” screenings will identify and help decrease serious issues Native Hawaiians face such as obesity and other chronic diseases. An ophthalmologist will be at each event to conduct comprehensive eye exams and provide prescriptions as needed.

Also in October, Project Vision will work with Maui Optics and Vision To Learn to provide vision screenings and free prescription glasses to children who have difficulty seeing.

The trio of vision boosters will serve Kilohana, Kaunakakai, and Mauna Loa Elementary schools as well as Kamehameha, Nakamalii and Punana Leo preschools.

Keiki Focus On Vision Testing at Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School

Lions Club member Carolyn Johnson explains how the Plusoptix camera works to Waikoloa Elementary kindergarten student Skipper Muller.

Lions Club member Carolyn Johnson explains how the Plusoptix camera works to Waikoloa Elementary kindergarten student Skipper Muller.

WAIKOLOA VILLAGE — The Waikoloa Lions Club spearheaded a keiki vision testing project throughout March at Waikoloa Elementary &Middle School. It concluded March 31.

The Club partnered with Project Vision Hawaii. Numerous Lions members and PTSA volunteers were trained, and assisted on multiple days at the school.

“I was so fortunate to meet Renae Mathson from Project Vision Hawaii in February at Konawaena Elementary’s Health Fair. That quickly turned into an amazing partnership with Project Vision Hawaii, Waikoloa Lions Club and Waikoloa Elementary &Middle School,” said Lisa Rosile, office assistant at Waikoloa Elementary &Middle School. “We were able to get the screenings scheduled and coordinated in four weeks.”

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Wilcox Grant Funds Vision, Health Services

LIHUE — Project Vision Hawaii, which provides free vision and health screenings to Hawaii’s underserved communities, has received a $20,000 grant from G. N. Wilcox Trust.

The funds are being used to help Project Vision Hawaii build capacity and staff on Kauai. The organization brings vision screenings to low-income individuals on the island through its program, “Better Vision for Keiki.” This grant also supports “WE: A Hui for Health,” a collaboration providing health services to remote areas and underserved populations.

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12 Patients Get Cataract Surgery As Part of Free Clinic

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst, "Cookie" Jenkins says her vision was a nine.

Crippled by cataracts, her poor eyesight was partially to blame for her inability to hold down a decent-paying job.

"I can't read a newspaper. I can't read a book. I can barely read my phone," she said.

Jenkins, along with eleven others suffering from blurred vision because of cataracts, was selected for free cataract surgery on Monday at the Hawaiian Eye Center. They qualified because they are homeless, poor, uninsured or under-insured.

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Hawaii State Department of Education Partnership

Students from Kailua Elementary School received eyeglasses this morning thanks to a partnership between Vision To LearnProject Vision Hawaii and Hawaii Keiki

"Something simple like dealing with a very basic health issue can completely change somebody's performance in the classroom, and I've seen it time and time again with a simple pair of glasses," shared Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Mulcahy.

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Project Vision Hawaii Receives $25,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation for Emergency Preparedness Supplies

State Senator Karl Rhoads, Anne Chipchase (PVH board president), State Senator Josh Green, Steven Reed (Hawaii market manager for Walmart), Annie Valentin (PVH executive director) and Maika Motas (AED Institute of America) with $25,000 check from Walmart Foundation.

(HONOLULU, HAWAII — JANUARY 17, 2017) — Project Vision Hawaii (PVH) will increase its emergency and disaster relief program efforts through a $25,000 donation from Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.
The grant from Walmart Foundation will be used to stock all three Project Vision mobile screening units with emergency preparedness supplies such as automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and wound care items to help residents affected by natural disasters.
“Walmart’s gift will strengthen Project Vision’s ability to serve Hawaii’s most vulnerable and underserved populations in the event of a natural disaster,” said Annie Valentine, executive director of PVH. “The supplies we’ve purchased are critical in ensuring those severely affected and unable to get help, receive the resources and support they need to recover.”
Project Vision operates three mobile screening units – one to serve Oahu, Molokai and Lanai, another on Hawaii Island, and a third shared between Maui and Kauai – in an effort to increase access to health care. The nonprofit provides free vision and health screenings to the state’s underserved communities with the goal of detecting and addressing eye diseases early on.
“We believe in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Steven Reed, Hawaii market manager for Walmart. “On behalf of more than 4,000 Hawaii associates, it’s our privilege to collaborate with Project Vision and support this important community outreach program for those in need.”
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

About Project Vision Hawaii
Established in 2011, PVH provides free mobile vision and health screenings to Hawaii’s underserved communities. It recently began helping people enroll for health insurance. Project Vision is dedicated to early detection of eye diseases and disorders. To date, PVH has screened more than 22,000 individuals statewide. For more information, visit @ProjectVisionHawaii on Facebook and Instagram, @ProjectVisionHi on Twitter
About Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at