Kaiser workers help out at gardens on MLK Day

First photo: Dr. Kimmie Ouchi, chief of Kaiser Permanente’s Lahaina Clinic, crafts kamani nut whistles with her family.

About 900 Kaiser physicians, staff, family members and community partners to did volunteer work on Jan. 15, the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Volunteers helped with several projects at Maui Nui Botanical Garden, including preparing materials for a new traditional Hawaiian hale. They spread mulch, built an ipu (gourd) trellis, replanted sugar cane and collected seeds from native plants and fruits. Kaiser has a 13-year tradition of giving back to the community on the holiday for Martin Luther King, the slain civil rights leader.

Drs. Lisa Sodetani (second photo) and David Ulin, Kaiser’s associate medical director and physician-in-charge on Maui, remove weeds from a planting area at the Maui Nui Botanical Garden.

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