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About Us

Founded in 1973 as a non-profit, Hawaii corporation, specifically to assist persons recovering from serious mental illness, Mental Health Kokua has grown from just one house on Sierra Drive in Honolulu, to over thirty locations throughout Hawaii, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island. Today, we are one of the most respected and trusted mental health organizations in the state of Hawaii.

In addition, since 1997, our programs and services have been accredited by CARF, an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that services meet consumer expectations of quality and outcomes. CARF accreditation is a national standard of quality.

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The mission of Mental Health Kokua is to assist people with mental health and related challenges, to achieve optimum recovery and functioning in the community.


Our vision is to be the most respected and trusted mental health organizations in the State of Hawaii. Through our trusted relationships, specially designed and culturally sensitive services, Mental Health Kokua is committed to helping people with the opportunity to begin again.

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Board of Directors

Melinda Yamaga
Chair, Oahu
Bradley Kuo
Vice Chair (Chair Elect), Oahu
​Claudia Crist
Vice Chair, Oahu
Ron Gregorio
Treasurer, Oahu
Pat Duarte
Secretary, Oahu
Anna Kidder
Immed. Past Chair, Oahu
William Awong
Cindy McMillan
Alan Tamanaha
Uson Ewart
Anthony Guerrero, M.D.
Diane Murakami
Leonard Lacina
Nirvana Dillingham
Hau`Oli Tomoso
Angela Gannon
Hawaii Island

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