The Story of Our Logo
The plant represented in our logo is the noni (Indian mulberry). It is well known to be one of the main healers among the traditional Hawai'i medicinal plants. It is said that this plant food is to be used when we are feeling really ill or really old. As a medicine, the fruit and its juices have been used in the treatment of diabetes, heart troubles and high blood pressure, with different portions prescribed for different illnesses. A poultice made from the noni was used to help broken bones knit.
The fruit was used in a recipe for a reputed remedy against tuberculosis, arthritis, rheumatism and the changes of old age. The leaves and bark of the stem were pounded and strained, resulting in a liquid drunk as a tonic for urinary disorders, and muscle and joint pain. The juice of the fruit was applied to the hair to rid it of head lice - "uku" - followed whenever possible by a fragrant shampoo of 'awapuhi kuahiwi.
Other uses for this ancient Polynesian plant: the bark yields a red dye, while a yellow dye can be prepared from the root. Both colors were used to dye the tapa cloth of the chiefs of ancient Hawai'i.
Noni is found growing between the shore and lowland woods, often near ancient house sites. It is believed to have been brought here centuries ago by early Polynesian settlers, and it is a native of the Pacific islands, Asia and Australia.
Our Logo Quilt
The Hawaiian quilt pattern of our logo reminds us that many hands working together can create a beautiful miracle. This quilt was designed by Pat Hall, quilted by Satsue Hamada and donated to the hospital by Ka Hui Kapa Apana 'O Waimea.
In many ways, NHCH is the continuation of a loving legacy. Makahikilua (the site on which the hospital stands) had centuries ago been a gathering place to celebrate peace and camaraderie. Aunty Lucy Kalanikumaiki'eki'e Davis Henriques left the 12 acres in a trust upon her death in 1932 for the establishment of a medical facility to care for the families of North Hawaii. In 1977, Lucy Henriques Medical Center opened as the initial phase of what the community hoped would someday become a full-service hospital. And in the mid 1980s, the healthcare environment in North Hawaii began to shift and change in such a way that this dream, which had seemed distant and obscure, began to come into focus. Hundreds if not thousands of people gave their time, money and energy to bring NHCH to life. Beyond this, the new hospital benefited from the new health guidance and wisdom of kupuna (elders) and kahuna (cultural experts), all consecrated with blessings of the aumakua (ancestral guardian spirits).
Click here for a more detailed history of North Hawaii Community Hospital.