Hawaii Healthcare



Multiplefactors influence healthcare outcomes of the people. Whether positiveor negative, the effects depend on the interactions between theunderlying factors such as space, beliefs, and social amenities,among others. There is a robust and definite link betweenspirituality and well-being of the population. In studying theHawaiian health experiences, Oneha (2000) examines the connectionbetween place and clinical outcomes. Hawaiian health status isintertwined with the physical world. Studies reveal that religiouspractices influence people’s comprehension of health services andinterventions. In Hawaii, the traditional elements and practices heldby the indigenous population affect their health outcomes.

Demographicsaffect access to quality health care services (Oneha, 2000). Mostindividuals fail to access healthcare services due to high costs. Itis notable that indigenous communities engage in less-meaningfuleconomic activities that seldom generate enough money to coverhealthcare services. Being in rural areas makes the population accesslimited facilities that sometimes lowly-stocked with medicines. Inother instances, the rural settings lack qualified professionals toenough specialized treatment. Another notable feature among theindigenous population is the high dependence on conventional forms oftreatment. Conventional treatment methods cannot fully eliminatelifestyle diseases such as cancer. Like other indigenous communities,Hawaiians, have strong faith in the traditional healers and treatmentmethods.

Additionally,socio-cultural characteristics within the indigenous settings tend toprefer adherence to traditional norms and practices in making healthchoices. Values and behaviors adopted in a given social settingaffect the health practices either negatively or positively (Oneha,2000). The matter contributes significantly towards realization ofclinical outcomes and spread of diseases. Sometimes, patients tend toforego treatment because of their religious beliefs that are largelyconnected to the traditional practices. As Oneha (2000) observes, thelink between locality and health outcomes is strong thus shouldinform policy formulation process. Great consideration ofsocio-cultural and religious practices in making healthcare policiesis a necessary move for scholars, government, and medicalpractitioners.

Moreover,indigenous population lacks the necessary health information to helpthem in making informed health choices. Their high regard fortraditional practices undermines the acquisition of new knowledgethat can help improve clinical outcomes. the majority find thecontemporary health practices as complex and unwarranted. Thecommunities also encounter socio-economic challenges that contributeto outbreak of diseases. The existing service gap need critical focusby the government. It is important to understand that modern clinicalpractice does seek to challenge people’s socio-cultural andreligious beliefs but attempts improve the healthcare system. Thegovernment should flexible funding targeting the community to enhanceaccessibility to health services. Appropriate planning, awareness,and health education can assist in enabling access to quality healthservices among the indigenous population (Oneha, 2000).

Inconclusion, the uniqueness and characteristics of a populationinfluence their understanding about health interventions andwell-being. The relationship between the various elements comes downto the practices adopted by society. Hawaii people have immenseregard for their ancestral place where they get a spiritualconnection. Their norms and practices influence their health choicesand wellbeing. Understanding the health choices of indigenousrequires one to examine the history, patterns, and practices of theinhabitants. It is also noteworthy that the physical environmentaffects the demographics of a place. In developing healthinterventions, policymakers need to examine the demographics of aplace that influence clinical outcomes.


Oneha,M. (2000). Ka mauli 0 ka`oina a he mauli kanaka: An ethnographicstudy from a Hawaiian sense of place. PublicHealth Dialog,8(2),299-311.