Forum to examine health needs

Pastor Greg Dela Cruz, of the Child & Family Service and the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku, will host a forum to identify Maui health needs.

The public forum, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Canoe Club, is part of a Community Wellness Capacity project designed to discuss Valley Isle health needs and the resources to meet those needs.

Based in part on forum feedback, the project will schedule a spring series of mobile-clinic health screenings to be held in conjunction with the nonprofit Project Vision Hawaii bus.

A health screening, up to an hour in length, will offer retinal, blood-pressure, cholesterol and glucose assessments; optional counseling for smoking cessation and/or hygienic tattooing; and Community Alliance for Mental Health counseling for concerns such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sites of the free screenings will include the Prince Kuhio Day Festival at Paukukalo Hawaiian Homestead Park on March 30 and Hui No Ke Ola Pono’s 11th annual Hana Health Fair on April 13.

WE . . . A Hui for Health is sponsoring the Saturday forum. WE is a statewide, nonprofit consortium of health-related public, private and nonprofit entities, according to a news release.

For more information, contact Kekoa Enomoto at phone 276-2713 or email