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Kaiser volunteers participate in annual day of service

Dr. Anna Eckart-Dodd pulls invasive weeds at Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge as part of the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Annual Day of Service on June 10. Photo courtesy Kaiser Permanente

Nearly 100 volunteers participated in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Annual Day of Service on June 10 at the Hawaii Land Trust’s Waihee Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii physicians, staff and their family members spent the day working on projects that included preparing the site for fishpond wall restoration and removing invasive species around native plants.

“The medical care we provide in our Kaiser Permanente facilities is just a small part of what helps communities stay healthy,” said Dr. Anna Eckart-Dodd, a Maui physician leader for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We’re honored to work with Hawaii Land Trust and to support their efforts to restore the aina in Kapoho.”

The volunteer project was part of a larger community service effort involving more than 500 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii physicians, providers, staff, families and community organizations statewide. Kaiser Permanente’s Annual Day of Service was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19 and postponed earlier this year due to the omicron variant surge in January.

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