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2020 Executive Board Members: Patrick Toal, Michelle Hiraishi, Jessie Marques (Executive Director), Cristin Gallagher, Momi Lovell

KRHCAI staff and volunteers meet with State Legislators to discuss rural health initiatives and priorities

Picture with Creagan Legislators

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc.

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc. (KRHCAI) is a community-based membership 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit charitable organization which evolved as a direct result of a community “grassroots” coalition to preserve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. In 1998, the “grassroots” coalition was successful in keeping Kaʻu hospital’s 24-hour emergency room services open. The coalition formally established KRHCAI as a community-based membership organization and received its 501 (c)3 status in November, 1998.

Our purpose is to support and promote community empowerment, capacity building, collaborative partnerships and a healthy community by focusing on Health, Education, Research Opportunities and Economic Sustainability (HEROES).


Kaʻū is the southernmost district of Hawaii County, Hawaii, located on the island of Hawaiʻi.  Kaʻū was one of the six original districts of ancient Hawaii on the island, known as moku.  It includes the areas of South Point (Ka Lae), Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE), Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos (HOVR), now together known as Ocean View, Nīnole, Waiʻōhinu, Naʻālehu and Pāhala. — Wikipedia


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