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.