Doing Whatever It Takes To Keep Kaʻu Healthy

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Hawai’i Island

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc. (KRHCAI) is a community-based membership 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit charitable organization which evolved as a direct result of a community “grassroots” coalition to preserve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. In 1998, the “grassroots” coalition was successful in keeping Kaʻu hospital’s 24-hour emergency room services open. The coalition formally established KRHCAI as a community-based membership organization and received its 501 (c)3 status in November, 1998.


Kaʻū is the southernmost district of Hawaii County, Hawaii, located on the island of Hawaiʻi. Kaʻū was one of the six original districts of ancient Hawaii on the island, known as moku. It includes the areas of South Point (Ka Lae), Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE), Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos (HOVR), now together known as Ocean View, Nīnole, Waiʻōhinu, Naʻālehu and Pāhala.

2023 Board of Directors

Jessie Marques – Executive Director
Krystalyn Gascon – Director
Shona Compoc – Director
Rochele Davis – Director
Billie Hiraishi – Director
Maria Lemus – Director
Captain Akira Edmoundson – Director
Michelle Hiraishi – Director
Hannah Canosa – Director
Richard Estabilo – Director
Theresa Richardson – Office Manager


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