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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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Mental Health Kokua’s mission is to passionately assist people with behavioral health and related challenges to achieve optimum functioning, quality of life, and integration in their communities.


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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  • To be a financially stable organization by ensuring an operating margin and attaining 60-days cash-on-hand.

  • To Broaden Program/Services and be at the Forefront of Mental Health Service Providers.

  • Increase public understanding and support for people with behavioral health and related challenges.

  • To develop and retain a well-trained workforce that is passionate about fulfilling the needs of individuals with behavioral health and related challenges.

Board of Directors

Bradley Kuo
Chair, Oahu
John A H Tomoso
Vice Chair (Chair Elect), Maui
Anna Kidder
Vice Chair, Oahu
Ron Gregorio
Treasurer, Oahu
Pat Duarte
Secretary, Oahu
Melinda Yamaga
Immed. Past Chair, Oahu
William Awong
Vice Chair, Oahu
Cindy McMillan
Dean Agena
Uson Ewart
Anthony Guerrero, M.D.
Leonard Licina
Nirvana Dillingham
Angela Gannon
Hawaii Island

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