Many of us in Hawaiʻi know what it takes for the people and place to be healthy and well. To be well means we are connected to each other, to the land, sea, and spirit of our place. Yet, how we experience health and wellbeing may be different in Hilo than it is in Hanalei.

At the HMSA Foundation, we believe each community has the resources and knowledge to practice and to seek the connection to each other for the betterment of all. This belief that communities best define their version of health stems from the roots of HMSA. Seeking a way to take care of each other with the looming end of the plantation era health system, a gathering of teachers and social workers created HMSA.

Today, we are rediscovering those ways of taking care in our modern context. The HMSA Foundation hopes to lift up those practices in community that improve the resilience of our place and people.

We’re interested in the ideas and practices of our communities, organizations, and leaders who are building a more peaceful, safe, connected, and healthy place. We are looking for ways we can learn from one another, support each other, and build a relationship. We invite you to connect with us to see how we can work together for a healthy Hawaiʻi.