Performing Outreach Through Local Radio and Television

Objective: To share information about agency programs and services

Description: The executive director of Hale Na’au Pono, Poka Laenui, hosts a weekly radio talk show called Hawaiian Potpourri on KWAI 1080am at 6-8 AM on Sundays as well as a television show discussing issues ranging from economics, environment, international law, Hawaiian history, culture and human rights. This allows him disseminate and share information with a broad audience throughout the island of Oahu and provides them an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue. They also become aware of the work done by Hale Na’au Pono and the services they provide.

Population of Focus: Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Adults, Elderly

Setting: Media

Level of Intervention: Community

Background: Hale Na’au Pono was incorporated in 1986 to meet the needs of the local community with a focus on mental health and wellness. The name Hale Na`au Pono, is Hawaiian and can be translated as “The House of Inner Balance” which exemplifies their philosophy to incorporate cultural values in all their services. Wai’anae has a population of approximately 50,000 with the majority being native Hawaiian. Other major ethnic groups include Caucasian, Filipino, Samoan, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Vietnamese. Approximately half the population is under 20 years old.

The mission of of Hale Na’au Pono is to Support Humane and Resilient Communities through Behavioral Health, Advocacy, Education and other Human Services Competent in Addressing the Diversity of Cultural and Social Patterns in Individuals, Families and Communities and Incorporate Community Members of the Wai’anae Coast in Governance, Service Delivery and Evaluation.

The agency offers a wide array of community based services including case management, clubhouse for individuals with serious mental health problems, marriage and family counseling, Access to Recovery for individuals with substance use problems, integrated health services, psychiatric and psychological support, housing, mediation, anger management training, programs for youth and Ka Wahi Kaiaulu – Wai’anae Neighborhood Place that provides support to families.


Poka Laenui
Executive Director
Wai`anae Coast Community Mental Health Center
86-226 Farrington Hwy., Wai`anae, HI 96792