Makana O Ka Ola

Makana ‘O Ka Ola is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the under-served and marginalized members of our Maui community. The new community clinic opened its doors at the end of 2016 and plans to provide medical and mental health care to people of all ages, walks of life, ethnicity, income, gender, and race including those who are normally not able to obtain quality care.

Makana ‘O Ka Ola is the brain child of two nurses who met in a Facebook group for Maui moms, almost a year ago. They have been working together to help others ever since!

Stacey Prusky is a nurse practitioner whose passion for those with mental health, addiction, and homeless populations has lead her to positions and volunteer work that allow her to care for these patients as much as possible. She believes that all patients deserve respect, high quality care, and are the most knowledgeable expert when it comes to their own bodies.

Joella Speelman is a licensed practical nurse who has extensive experience with the elderly, those with complex care issues, and those with addiction and mental health problems. She is a master of patient care coordination and believes that all patients, regardless of background or problems, deserve high quality care and respect.

Other providers at the clinic also include Dr. Robert Bird, and Dr. Steve Orenstein Clinical Psychologist.

“Our emphasis is on social justice, physical, mental and social health, using medical, nursing, and psychological theory and perspectives that give us the unique ability to address the whole person. In addition to family practice and mental health care we offer HIV and Hansen’s disease treatment specialties.” Joella Speelman.

They typically have same-day appointment availability, but it advised to call 442-3245 for scheduling. All new patients receive a forty minute consult and they accept most public and private insurance. They also offer special pricing for cash-paying customers.

Makana ‘O Ka Ola services include among others: Primary care – prevention, screening, same day sick visits, and medication management, Well baby & Well Child Visit – routine provider visits that occur during a child’s first years of life and annual visits until age 21, including physical exams, measurements, vision & hearing screenings, developmental screening and oral health risk assessments, and Family Planning & Women’s Health – Prevention and treatment of women’s health problems, including annual well woman exams with cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and assessment and treatment of most women’s issues.

To learn more you can find Makana ‘O Ka Ola at 1935 Main St, Suite 102 in Wailuku or at

Image Credit: Makana O Ka Ola FB page

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