NHCH will hold a blessing and open house of Kaheleaulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program, on Friday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. Hawaii Island County Mayor Billy Kenoi will speak at the blessing, and the community is invited to attend.
Kaheleaulani, formerly known as the Native Hawaiian Health Clinic at NHCH, opened in September 2011. During the past year NHCH has been renovating its facilities to better accommodate the program. The blessing marks its new name and space. “The name Kaheleaulani honors Lucy Davis Henriques’ wishes as stated in her will executed in 1932 to establish a medical facility to care for the families of Waimea,” says Claren Ku’ulei Kealoha-Beaudet, Clinical Psychologist and Kaheleaulani Behavioral Services Director. “Lucy Kalanikumaiki'eki'e Davis Henriques expressed such compassion for the people of North Hawaii, and we are proud to honor her through the naming of our Native Hawaiian Health Program.”
Kaheleaulani was most likely a name within Lucy Henriques’ family. It refers to the procession of the ali'i and the accompanying adornment. “The blessing will capture the exciting re-birth of Lucy Kalanikumaiki’eki’e Davis Henriques’ legacy and North Hawaii Community Hospital,” stated Kealoha-Beaudet.
“Kaheleaulani provides culturally-appropriate, high-quality medical and behavioral health services,” says Malcolm MacDonald, M.D., Director of the Adult and Family Medicine Clinic at NHCH. The Kaheleaulani Clinic envisions a vibrant, inter-dependent Native Hawaiian community based on cultural values with individuals achieving their optimal spiritual, mental, and physical potential.
Dr. Claren Ku’ulei Kealoha-Beaudet, Kaheleaulani’s Behavioral Services Director, was born and raised in Honoka’a on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai’i Island and is a 1995 Baccalaureate graduate of the University of Hawai’i-Hilo. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology in 2001 and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Honolulu. Prior to joining NHCH’s Native Hawaiian Health Clinic in 2011, Dr. Kealoha-Beaudet was a Clinical Psychologist for the West Hawai’i Community Health Center and E Ho’ona’auao Psychological Services.
Kaheleaulani is currently accepting patients with a target population of Native Hawaiians age 13 and older, non-Hawaiians who are married to a Native Hawaiian or a life partner of a Native Hawaiian, non-Hawaiians who are widowed and his/her spouse was a Native Hawaiian, and non-Hawaiians who are divorced or separated from a Native Hawaiian and have Native Hawaiian children. Kaheleaulani is located in North Hawaii Community Hospital at 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743.
For more information about Kaheleaulani or to make an appointment, please call 808-881-4843. For more information about the blessing celebration of Kaheleaulani, please call 808-881-4425.
Please click here for blessing invitation.