Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i is Awarded Federal Grant to Support Papakōlea Kūpuna

Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i is Awarded Federal Grant to Support Papakōlea Kūpuna

PAPAKŌLEA, HI – For 25 years, Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i (KULA) has been serving the kūpuna of the Papakōlea Hawaiian homestead community through programs that heal – such as lomi.  The $1.2 million grant awarded by the U.S. Administration for Native Americans (ANA) over a three-year period, will support the development and implementation of a Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network, serving the 250+ kūpuna and their caregivers.

“In celebration of our 25th Anniversary this year, we are overjoyed to receive this incredible award from Administration for Native Americans,” exclaimed Mrs. Theone Kanuha, KULA President and Papakōlea homesteader.  “37% of the residents of Papakōlea are over 55 years of age and have reported incidence of one or more of the top five chronic diseases: hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and dementia (Alzheimer’s).  The goal of the project is to create a one-stop-shop providing kūpuna and their caregivers with educational resources, cultural programming, clinical experiences, and training.”

This program was established by the Native American Preservation Act of 1974, and is administered by the Administration for Children & Families, housed under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  The purpose of the SEDS program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  A total of $9.7 million was awarded to Native communities across the U.S. for FY 2017.  Nearly $1.3 million was awarded to four organizations serving Native peoples of the Pacific Region in this fiscal year.

“We want to mahalo ANA for making this valuable program available to Native communities,” stated Ms. Adrienne Dillard, LSW.  “Additionally, we want to acknowledge our collaborating partners that are commited to the health of Papakōlea and will broaden the impact of this Project: UH Department of Native Hawaiian Health, UH Department of Geriatric Medicine, UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Center on Aging, Kapi‘olani Community College, Islander Institute, Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, Nā Lomilomi o Papakōlea, and Papakōlea Community Development Corporation.”

For more information about the KULA or the Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network, call 808.520.8997, e-mail kula.kupuna@gmail.com or visit www.kula-papakolea.org.

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