Hui No Ke Ola Pono Will Be Closing For The Next Two Weeks

In light of the rapidly changing health status of our world, we are announcing several changes for our community. It is with a heavy heart and deep concern for your welfare and the health of our employees that we have decided to close all Hui No Ke Ola Pono operations for the next two weeks. We will be sanitizing all surfaces and abiding by CDC recommendations to maintain social distancing.

For Our Oral Health Patients:

In an effort to support national efforts to fight the COVID- 19 pandemic, Hui No Ke Ola Pono’s Oral Health Department is taking the following steps to help assure your health and well-being and that of our community:

  • We are following directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a way to limit patient and staff exposure to this virus.
  • Your health, and the health of our dedicated staff, matters to us, so going forward we will suspend all non-emergency care through April 3.
  • Patients will be seen only for urgent and emergency dental needs.

You should have already been contacted to reschedule routine hygiene appointments and non-emergency treatment. If you are already scheduled for an urgent issue, we will contact you the day before your appointment to discuss your health status, health screening protocols and confirm whether the appointment should be kept. Of course, please call us right away if you have a dental emergency or need immediate care.

The safety and well-being of our patients continues to be our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 nationally and within our community and keep you up-to-date regarding our plans to reopen for business as usual.

I urge you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached by phone at 808-442-6803 or by email to dental@hnkop.org and will respond as soon as we can.

We understand that this is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many. Remember that however you’re feeling, whatever you may be feeling, is normal and valid. We often feel anxious or distressed because we feel that there is nothing we can do. However, please know that there are many actions you can take to keep yourself and your community healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds with water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and immediately throw away the tissue. Wash hands thoroughly after coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid crowds or large gatherings, and try to maintain a 6ft distance between yourself and others.

It is more important now than ever to practice self-care and self-compassion. Although many folks are working from home and practicing social distancing, we must remember that physical distancing does not mean we need to be emotionally isolated. In our digital age, there are many ways for us to stay connected with our loved ones – send a text or an email, video chat or make an old-fashioned phone call. Check in on your friends and family, ask how they are doing, and share a funny story. Remember that laughter and love are healing. Here are some tips to stay mentally and emotionally well during this time:

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching news and social media. Put a timer for 10 min and adhere to that boundary.
  • Exercise! Take a walk in the park, or do an indoor workout in your home. Even if you are staying in the comfort of your home, you can still practice those chair squats!
  • Stretch, do some gentle yoga, or practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Find a video or free app to follow along to a guided imagery or meditation practice. Some popular apps include Insight Timer, Headspace, and Calm.
  • Get out that book you’ve been meaning to read! Now’s the time.
  • Work on a puzzle, start a new craft, or do some meditative coloring.
  • Get lots of rest and continue eating healthy, balanced meals.

If you have any specific questions regarding upcoming appointments, please contact us at (808)244-4647. Please be patient with us as we field incoming calls and attempt to call back in a timely fashion. Remember that you are receiving this letter because you are part of our Hui ‘ohana and we care deeply about you and your health.

E mālama pono,
Hui No Ke Ola Pono