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Media Advisory



Sarah Ferreira

Public Relations Representative

Bay Clinic, Inc.

224 Haili Street, Building B

Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 895-5872



October 14, 2011


Bay Clinic to Hold Community Blessing for First New Health Center



Before construction begins on a new health center in Ka`u, a blessing ceremony and reception will be held to commemorate a new day for Bay Clinic and for health care on Hawai`i Island.



Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.



The Bay Clinic Ka`u Family Health Center

95-5583 Mamalahoa Highway

Naalehu, HI 96772



Presenting speakers include: Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO; Mike Gleason, Bay Clinic Board President and The Arc of Hilo President and CEO; Monica Adams, Bay Clinic Director of Development and Regulatory Affairs; Raylene Moses, Bay Clinic Board Member and ‘O Ka`u Kakou Board Treasurer.  Traditional Hawai`ian blessing conducted by Kauila Clark, National Association of Community Health Centers Board Chair and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Board Member.  Musical aloha provided by Keoki Kahumoku, Grammy Award-winning, fifth generation slack-key Guitarist and Founder of the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies.



As a source of health care for Ka`u’s 5,800 residents, Bay Clinic’s Ka`u Family Health Center struggles to care for all who seek services with limited and outdated clinical space consisting of only 4 exam rooms and a mobile dental van. Residents of Ka`u are in great need of a more modern and comprehensive medical and dental center to help reduce the many health care disparities faced in this beautiful rural community.


With the support of our community, Bay Clinic is addressing this need.  Once completed, the Ka`u Family Health and Dental Center will be equipped to provide greater services with 8 medical exam rooms, 2 dental rooms and 2 patient and family counseling rooms to care for 3,400 additional patients with 8,500 additional visits.  Along with providing greater access to health care for our southernmost `ohana, this new project will create jobs, provide community services and serve as a beacon of hope for a healthier future on Hawai`i Island.



For questions, to RSVP or to schedule an interview and/or photograph following the ceremony, please contact Sarah Ferreira at 808-895-5872 or



Facebook Event Page –

Twitter Feed – @BayClinicInc

Twitter Hashtag – #BCIKAU

We hope you will join us November 5th.


With aloha,

Sarah Ferreira


Aloha kakou,
Please join us at Na’alehu Park next Saturday, June 11th for the First Annual Ka’u Family Fun Fest!
What you’ll have to look forward to is a fun-filled day of free live music & entertainment with races and tournaments going on all day to raise funds for a new Bay Clinic Family Health Center in Na’alehu.  The volunteer group O Ka’u Kakou will be hosting a Half Marathon, 10k & 5k Races all starting at 7am,  At 9am there will be tournaments in Archery, Basketball and Portuguese Horse Shoe… just to name a few.
For the keiki, we’ll have a 100 Yard Dash, 3-Legged Races, even Keiki Archery! There’s going to be a health expo, food vendors, jumping castle, rock wall climbing, face painting & even a dunk tank!
Please help us spread the word – Late Registration begins TOMORROW June 1st.
Registration & info at  Even more info and updates on Facebook and Twitter!

Please feel free to call, text, email, tweet, carrier pigeon… whatevah! It won’t be as much fun without YOU there, so please REGISTER TODAY!
Thank you kindly,
Sarah Ferreira
Paradise Public Relations
Mobile Office: (808) 895-5872


Aloha Friends,

There will be an upcoming community meeting sponsored by Nani Kahuku ‘Aina, LLC, March 2 at 6:00pm in the Na‘alehu Community Center in Na‘alehu. They are seeking community input on Kahuku Villages, a proposed development in Ka‘?.

Please consider attending this event if you would like to learn more about it and let them know your thoughts as well. For more information please email:

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.


Brittany Smart

District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka‘?, South Kona

Office of Councilmember Brittany Smart

25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8263