Member Spotlight: West Hawai‘i Community Health Center Promotes Health and Wellness with Free Classes

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West Hawaii Community Health Center (WHCHC) invites community members of all ages to join the fun and attend free fitness activities and classes throughout the week. These exciting hour-long classes help promote an active lifestyle that improves health, reduces the risk of chronic illness, controls weight and decreases stress.

“At West Hawaii Community Health Center we are committed to helping our community develop good, healthy habits that have long-reaching health benefits. Health and wellness initiatives like these fun, free well-being classes are an important part of treating the whole person and improving patient care,” said West Hawaii Community Health Center CEO Richard Taaffe.

Health and wellness classes offered by the West Hawaii Community Health Center are designed to promote healthy lifestyles, are open to everyone in the community and are offered free of charge.


On Mondays, WHCHC’s Kealakehe Health Center Pavilion rocks out with the newest workout craze, Pound! Designed for all levels of fitness, Pound is a full body cardio-jam workout using weighted drum sticks. Shake off those Monday blues and drum it out with WHCHC starting at 5:30 pm. Bring a yoga mat, water and wear exercise attire.

Hula for Health

On Tuesdays, getting healthy takes on an island feel with Hula for Health. This hula class gets going at Hale Halawai County Pavilion (75-5760 Alii Drive) in Historic Kailua Village starting at 2:30 pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an extra scoop of aloha spirit.

Tai Chi

Every Thursday, WHCHC offers Tai Chi, a wonderful art that gently exercises the body and the mind with slow motion movements that are non-impact and easy to learn. Tai Chi starts at 5:30 pm at the Kealakehe Health Center Pavilion. Bring water and wear light athletic or reef shoes.

West Hawaii Community Health Center’s Kealakehe location is at 74-5214 Keanalehu Drive and just up the hill from Kealakehe High School.

For more information on these free classes, please contact Tina Evans at 808-640-8587 or email TLEvans (at)

About West Hawaii Community Health Center

Weaving a lauhala of wellness since opening in 2005, West Hawaii Community Health Center has grown from 905 patients to over 15,000 today. West Hawaii Community Health Center currently serves Hawaii Island residents with offices in Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua, Kealakehe and Waikoloa Village.

The mission of West Hawaii Community Health Center is to make quality, comprehensive, and integrated health services accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay. These services are culturally sensitive and promote community well-being through the practice of “malama pono.”


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