Hawaii Island Rural Health Association

The Hawaii Island Rural Health Association, established in 1994, is a not-for profit member-driven organization whose mission is to work
collaboratively with other individuals and community organizations from diverse backgrounds to improve and promote the health of Hawaii Island residents. The association is a federal tax exempt 501c-3 not-for profit member organization governed by non-paid elected officers and board  directors. Currently, the association has about 52 individual members representing a broad range of
occupations and organizations from the various districts of the Big Island. 

Guiding Principles
In its quest for ways to accomplish the association’s mission, HIRHA subscribes to the following guiding principles:

  • All Big Island residents, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, socio-economic backgrounds / geographic residence are entitled to access primary and preventive health services that will enable them to maintain healthy and functional lives.
  • Local residents are integral players in assessing their health care needs and determining the most appropriate health services to be provided at the local level.
  • Genuine partnerships and collaborations with and among other associations will result in broader scope of community health care solutions and accomplishments


  • National Rural Health Association
  • Hawaii State Rural Health Association
  • Area Health Education Centers of Hawaii and KeAnuenue
  • John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa