Kāhi Mōhala translated from Hawaiian means “a place to blossom, open and shine.” Our 2020 Friends of Hawaii Charities grant recipient Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala is Hawai'i’s only free-standing, not-for-profit licensed medical center exclusively specializing in behavioral health care for the people of Hawai`i and throughout the Pacific Rim. Since opening its doors in 1983, Kāhi Mōhala continues to be dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adolescents with mental illness. This year, Kāhi Mōhala has seen a rise in patient needs due to the global pandemic.
"It is tough enough to be a child or teen these days, especially when mental illness is part of the picture," said Beth-Ann Kozlovich, Senior Development Officer, Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala. "Add the ongoing and potentially long-lasting impacts of COVID-19 and the picture can become darker still. At Kāhi Mōhala, Hawaii’s young and mentally ill find a place of light, healing and hope. As Hawaii’s only freestanding psychiatric hospital focusing on children and adolescents, Kāhi Mōhala is needed now more than ever."
This year Friends of Hawaii distributed $1.2 million in charitable grants to over 100 local non-profits including Kāhi Mōhala, from proceeds raised through the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii with support from long-time charity partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which matches funds raised at the tournament dollar-for-dollar; and from title sponsor Sony Corporation, host site Waialae Country Club, and state sponsor Hawaii Tourism Authority.
“You were always straight up with me… for a kid, you have been one of my biggest supports from Day One. I am thankful for Kahi and grateful for you,” a Kāhi Mōhala adolescent wrote to her therapist.
"This current public health crisis is augmenting patient needs now and in the near future as we deal with the mental health effects of this pandemic," said Claudia Crist, CEO, Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala. The grant from Friends of Hawaii Charities helps "ensure that our dedicated mental health care clinicians and staff have all the tools they need to meet them and navigate us safely through these uncharted waters."