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History - Kokua Kalihi Valley History


Some highlights from our 43 years of service:


1972: KKV forms as a non-profit organization with Reverend Jory Watland as executive director, and a staff of four outreach workers. Dr. Charles Judd and Dr. William Myers begin providing medical services at Kalihi Valley Homes.


1973: KKV moves to a new home: two military surplus trailers purchased and renovated as medical and dental clinics. Dr. Ron Carlson, volunteering his skills as a dentist, starts the KKV dentistry program.


1975: KKV opens the first shelter for abused spouses and children on O'ahu. (Shelter transferred to Child and Family Services in 1980).


1985: New facilities on Gulick Avenue are completed.


1986: First Community Health Center grant received from the U.S. Public Health Service.


1991: Youth Gang Prevention activities established at Kalihi Valley Homes.


1994: Access to Health program helps public housing residents at Kuhio Park Terrace overcome the barriers to health care. KKV initiates Mental Health Services.


1997: Mary Judd, Dick Cornair and Board Member Ricky Murashige break ground for the new School Street clinic.


2001: New clinic on School Street opens to patients. Gulick Avenue location becomes the new home of KKV’s Elder Services program.


2003: KKV's Active Living by Design program establishes the Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE) and leases 100 acres from the state to develop a nature park in the back of Kalihi Valley. The land is rechristened Ho`oulu `Aina.


2009: KKV completes plans and an $8M capital campaign to renovate the P&P Building into a new health and training center.


2012-13: Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Wellness Center opens! KKV's Dental Department doubles in capacity. KKV's ROOTS Cafe is born.