OHA gives $382,000 grant to Queen’s
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded a $382,000 grant to The Queen’s Medical Center to combat obesity and cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiians. The grant will support the Hana Ola Project run by the Maui nonprofit Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike and Queen’s to educate residents about nutrition and physical activity through loi restoration, organic agriculture, kupuna assisted living and the cultural practice of pounding taro.
Native Hawaiians are genetically more susceptible to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. The program aims to promote cultural activities that incorporate traditional values to “positively impact health and well-being.”