Our Vision

A Mānoa that enjoys fullness of life in body, mind, and spirit

Our Story

Hale Kōkua O Mānoa, or “House of Helping in Manoa,” grows out of our strong desire to meet the felt needs of the communities of the Manoa Valley.  Every community has human needs unique to its demographics, and our goal is to identify those needs and where possible assist and contribute. More than just survive or get through each day, we want people in Manoa flourish, thus  “Helping Mānoa thrive.”

We partner with the Honolulu Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church, a certified, Blue Zones Project. This faith-based organization is located at 2655 Mānoa Rd. in verdant Mānoa Valley. One of many varied Blue Zone Projects in Mānoa-Makiki-McCully-Moilili, the Honolulu Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church brings valuable resources through their Blue Zones Project affiliation. More here on Blue Zones Project in Mānoa-Makiki-McCully-Moilili (scroll to bottom of the link):


Our Goals

To serve the greater Mānoa community with sensitivity, compassion, and respect

  • To improve the quality of life for those served by the Center by providing relevant, comprehensive, and love-centered services

  • To promote excellence in health through such avenues as health fairs, medical screenings, nutrition and cooking classes, and exercise classes

  • To strengthen families by providing programs such as family nights, tutoring, and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

  • To offer supportive programs for those who have experienced loss, relational fractures, or abuse, and other life crises

  • To invite special speakers in harmony with the Center’s guidelines to share topics of interest to the community

  • To engage in partnerships where possible to benefit our community, such as with the Blue Zones Project, Mānoa Disaster Preparedness, Mālama Mānoa, and others

  • To provide spiritual guidance for those seeking answers to universal questions: Who Am I? Where Am I? Why Am I Here?

Our Values

We embrace the best values of our Hawaiian and Christian traditions.

ALOHA / AGAPE— Unconditional love; serving humankind as Jesus did

HO‘OKIPA— To welcome guests and strangers with a spirit of Aloha and a hospitality of complete giving

‘OHANA— Family; a human circle of complete Aloha

LŌKAHI— Harmony and balance; collaboration and cooperation

‘IKE LOA— To seek knowledge and wisdom; perpetual learning

MĀLAMA— To take care of; protect and serve

Executive Committee

Denis Mee-Lee, MD, MS, CPI - (Chair), Former Chief, Hawaii Mental Health Division; and Chief, Medical Staff, Castle Medical Center. Married to Jacky, DrPH and Faculty, Loma Linda University. Consultant, researcher, lecturer in psychiatry. Raised three children in Mānoa; daughter Lavonda, a geriatrician, lives with husband and son in Mānoa.

Michael Brownfield, MDiv, MPH - Mānoa resident, pastor of the Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church; married to Debbie, with whom he shares five children and eleven grandchildren; children in Honolulu are very active in serving the community and academia; strong interest in helping people find health and personal wholeness. 

Jane Kim Chun, J.D. - Former Deputy City Attorney for the criminal appellate division, Los Angeles City Attorney's office; married to Clayton, Chief Accounting Officer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.; currently stay-at-home mom to two sons; active community volunteer. Jane is the founder and Coordinator of MOPS Mānoa. 

Katsuya "Andy" Iizuka, MD - Family physician and active leadership, Straub Medical Center; former US Navy surface warfare medical officer. Raised in Japan and fluent in Japanese, Andy is married to Waka, a nurse with whom he has two children. The family are residents of Mānoa and although originally from Japan, they have lived in many parts of the USA.

Richard Inae, MD - A general surgeon with a busy practice at the Pali Momi Medical Center, Rick is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a former US Army Medical Officer. His wife Christy graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi and is currently serving in the US Navy. Rick and Christy have one child.

Maile Kim, DDS - Pediatric Dentist. Maile continues to further her father’s mission in caring for the children of Hawaiʻi with aloha. She is also on the medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu. Maile is a lifelong vegetarian and lives in Mānoa with her husband and fellow pediatric dentist, Bren Chun.

Carl Yazawa - Retired banker with Hawaii’s largest bank; experienced in management and business ventures. Head Deacon, Honolulu Japanese SDA Church; father of two boys, including Chad Yazawa, lead actor in the feature film "Go for Broke" (2017). Carl, his wife Chae, and family are long-time residents of Mānoa. 

Lynne Waihee - President of Read To Me International, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization; married to Governor John Waihee (1986-1994); former high school English teacher; mother of two children, John Waiheʻe IV, OHA trustee, and Jennifer Waihee-Polk, Deputy Attorney General.