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Students follow pathway to health careers

At the UH-Hilo College of Pharmacy, teens Lawakua Joy, left, and Ishael Shaw-DeMello mix compounds to make lotion over a heating element. - Photos Courtesy of Na¯ Pua No‘eau

Students Ho‘oleia Kaeo, left, Kiana Perreira-Keawekane, Chalee Batunbacal and Ishael Shaw-DeMello measure pulse at different points on an advanced patient simulator known as SimMan.

By David Sing

The LOMI, or Learning Opportunities in Medicine Institute, is part of orty-one high school students Nä Pua No‘eau’s initiative to provide a statewide were provided oppor- pathway for Native Hawaiian students tunities to engage in discussions into the health professions. “The LOMI available in food stores on all major islands. andNow have firsthand experience Summer Institute was a huge success,” with health career possibilities said Nä Pua No‘eau Assistant Director during a two-week residential program Kinohi Gomes. “It brought together a at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. conglomerate of professionals, educaIn partnership with the University tors and practitioners to provide a diof Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of rect pathway in the medical fields for Medicine, UH-Hilo College of Phar- Native Hawaiian students. Through macy, and the UH-Hilo Nursing De- the many educational opportunities partment as part of its two-week sum- that took place during the two-week mer residential program at UH-Hilo, residential program, student parNä Pua No‘eau students worked with ticipants were able to learn hands-on faculty from each of these entities to about these medical fields while also get up close and personal with health seeing the relevance of these various issues specific to Native Hawaiians. fields in their lives, their community According to Dr. Ming Tim Sing and in their career exploration.” (no relation to the author), a Native LOMI is a program of Nä Pua Hawaiian medical doctor and a teach- No‘eau’s Summer Institute, funding faculty of medical biology at the ing for which came from the ColJohn A. Burns School of Medicine: lege Access Challenge Grant Pro“The epitome of my day with your gram (CACGP) administered by UH kids was this: at the end of our visit, Hawai‘i P-20. Nä Pua No‘eau, a center one student came up to me, gave me for gifted and talented Native Hawaia thank-you honi (a Polynesian greet- ian youth, is funded by the Office of ing exchanging the breath of life), and Hawaiian Affairs.  proudly said, ‘Aunty, some day my name will be on a lab coat like yours!’ David Sing is the Director of Nä … Beautiful!” Pua No‘eau.

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