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Project Vision Hawaii offers free vision and health screenings

By Staff | Sep 15, 2016

Project Vision Hawaii uses three mobile screening units as vehicles to improve health. Established in 2011, PVH has provided screenings to more than 30,000 people and facilitated other health services for more than 60,000 people.

HONOLULU – The Ahahui Grant Program of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Project Vision Hawaii (PVH) $8,608 to provide free vision and health screens, targeting underserved communities in Maui. The goal is to detect eye diseases early.

The funds will support services to 10,000 people and target the Native Hawaiian community.

Initial screening events for Project Vision’s annual Maui services include Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aloha Festivals Lahaina Ho’olaule’a in Banyan Tree Park; Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hana Parade and Ho’olaule’a in Hana Ball Park; and Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. at the ‘Ohana Play Day Games at Hana Bay Beach Park.

One of Project Vision’s three mobile units will remain on Maui, where the organization has one staff member to provide regular vision screenings through May 2017. A full schedule can be found at www.projectvisionhawaii.org.

“OHA’s gift allows Project Vision to provide very specific health services to the Native Hawaiian community on Maui that can identify diseases such as diabetes as well as eye diseases,” said Annie Valentin, executive director of PVH.

“This is particularly valuable in communities like Hana, where access to health services can be challenging.”

Project Vision Hawaii is a locally grown 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to work in partnership with the people of Hawaii to promote access to better healthcare.