Free Clinical Healthcare for Hawaii's Homeless
The first Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project student-run free clinic was established in 2006 at the Kaka'ako shelter for the homeless adjacent to the school of medicine. This site was chosen by the state government as a temporary site for the homeless displaced from Ala Moana Park. The project later expanded to the Pai’olu Kaiaulu shelter in Waianae in 2007 and then to the Onemalu and Onelau’ena shelters in Kalaeloa in 2008. We have since expanded our outreach services to include the unsheltered homeless at Kaka'ako Gateway Park and those receiving services at the First United Methodist Church and The Institute for Human Services Men's Shelter in Honolulu. To date, the project has had over 3,000 patient visits and has serviced over 1,200 individuals.
Pai’olu Kaiaulu Shelter
85-638 Farrington Hwy., Waianae
Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kaka'ako Gateway Park
Next to the Medical School Campus
Thursdays 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Onelau’ena and Onemalu Shelters
Building 50, Belleau Woods, Kapolei
1st and 3rd Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
1020 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
2nd and 4th Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Institute for Human Services - Men's Shelter
350 Sumner Street, Honolulu
Mondays 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Medical - Our clinics provide preventive medical services as well as management of acute and chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma, and more. We offer blood pressure and sugar checks, eye and ear exams, treatment of minor cuts and injuries, laboratory testing, and immunizations. We also provide limited pharmacologic assistance, and will arrange for qualifying patients to receive discounted medications through patient assistance programs.
Social - We understand that many of our patients need social resources as much as they need medical care. Part of our aim is to serve as the gateway for our patients by connecting them to other community resources.
Dental - Dental care is large need in this population. We hold a dental screening clinic once a month, with volunteer dentists from the community. Assistance is also given to help patients find low-cost dental providers.