Helping Mānoa Thrive

We are here to serve our Mānoa ‘ohana and help facilitate health
in every part of our community.

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Our Story

Hale Kōkua O Mānoa is a faith-based, nonprofit Adventist Community Center serving the greater Mānoa community.

Our community center launched in 2018, compelled by the strong desire of the Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church to serve the greater Mānoa community by meeting its unique needs with relevant, comprehensive, and love-centered services.

We want to improve the quality of life for those served by our community center, promote excellence in health, and strengthen families. Our caring and dedicated team of volunteers is inspired to serve humankind as Jesus did, practically, and with unconditional love.

Together, we employ a whole person approach to wellness and envision a Mānoa that enjoys the fullness of life in body, mind, and spirit. More than just survive or get through each day, we want people in Mānoa to flourish, thus “Helping Mānoa Thrive.”

Our Mission

Helping Mānoa Thrive.

Our Vision

A Mānoa that enjoys fullness of life in body, mind, and spirit.

Our Values

Aloha / Love

Serving humankind as Jesus did, with unconditional love.

Ho‘okipa / Hospitality

Welcoming guests and strangers with a Spirit of Aloha and complete giving

‘Ohana / Family

Extending the family to include friends and social groups

Lōkahi / Harmony

Working in collaboration and cooperation with others

‘Ike Loa / Knowledge, Wisdom

Seeking perpetual learning

Mālama / Care for

Protecting, serving, and supporting

Our Partners

Community Center Executive Committee Members

Denis Mee-Lee, MD, MS, CPI
Chair, Hale Kōkua O Mānoa

Practicing psychiatrist and consultant; former chief, Hawai‘i Mental Health Division, and Chief, Medical Staff, Castle Medical Center; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawai‘i; Distinguished Life Fellow American Psychiatric Association.  Directed homeless ministries for over twenty years.  Raised family of three children in Mānoa; daughter Lavonda, a geriatrician, lives with husband and son in Mānoa. 

Jane Kim Chun, JD
Executive Director, Hale Kōkua O Mānoa

Former law clerk and pro se staff attorney for the United States District Court, Central District of California; former Deputy City Attorney for the criminal appellate division, Los Angeles City Attorney’s office; married to Clayton, Chief Accounting Officer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and mother to two sons.  Jane is the founder of MOPS Mānoa and current Executive Director of Hale Kōkua O Mānoa.

Enoch Brownell, MDiv

Head pastor of the Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church; served as pastor in Maine, Michigan, and California before moving to Hawai‘i; has also served as chaplain at hospitals, a hospice care facility, and for law enforcement; married to Melissa with whom he has four children; lives in Mānoa.

Jacqueline Chan, DrPH

Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, CA; retired Co-Investigator for Adventist Health Study 2; recipient of NIH Individual Fellowship Award to study Vitamin D; author and advisor to Water Charity, a 501(c)(3) providing clean water and sanitation worldwide.  Married to Denis Mee-Lee.  Her passion is helping people prevent and recover from disease by simple lifestyle means.  

Bren Chun, DDS

Pediatric Dentist.  Bren spends most of his time providing care for the children of Hawai’i.  He is also on the medical staff at Shriners Hospital for Children—Honolulu.  Bren enjoys promoting a healthy lifestyle through plant-based diet and active living.  Bren lives in Mānoa with his wife and fellow pediatric dentist, Maile Kim.

Katsuya “Andy” Iizuka, MD

Family physician; Physician Advisory Counsel for Straub Medical Center; former US Navy surface warfare medical officer. Raised in Japan and fluent in Japanese; married to Waka, a nurse with whom he has two children.  Although originally from Japan, the family are now residents of Mānoa. 

Maile Kim, DDS

Pediatric Dentist.  Maile continues to further her father’s mission in caring for the children of Hawai’i with aloha.  She is also on the medical staff at Shriners Hospital for Children—Honolulu.  Maile is a lifelong vegetarian and lives in Mānoa with her husband and fellow pediatric dentist, Bren Chun.

Lynne Waihee

President of Read To Me International, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization; wife of Governor John Waihee (1986-1994); former high school English teacher; mother of two children, John Waihe’e IV, OHA trustee, and Jennifer Waihee-Polk, Deputy Attorney General.