Papa Ola Lōkahi’s mission is to improve the health status and well-being of Native Hawaiians and others by advocating for, initiating and maintaining culturally appropriate strategic actions aimed at improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana and empowering them to determine their own destinies.

Through SCR 74 S.D 1, the 29th Legislature of the State of Hawaii requested of Papa Ola Lōkahi to assess the impacts on the social, financial, and cultural integrity of providing health coverage for Hawaiian culture-based activities that have shown to be effective in managing weight, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Researchers have been studying the health benefits of hula for more than 10 years and have published several peer reviewed articles on their findings.

This completely anonymous survey was developed to collect the insight and input of kumu hula with regard to hula being offered as a reimbursable health/wellness insurance benefit. Please complete this survey as your manaʻo is invaluable in this assessment process. The aggregated results will be shared in an impact assessment report to the 2020 Legislature.

Please contact Nāpua Casson-Fisher (808) 597-6550 with questions or additional comments. Mahalo.

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* 1. On which island(s) do you offer hula training? Please select all that apply.

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* 2. Do you believe that hula can improve health and wellbeing?

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* 3. How often does your hālau experience enrollment loss due to financial hardship of the students?

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* 4. Do you think health insurance companies should reimburse hula tuition as a wellness benefit (similar to discounts on gym memberships or aerobics classes)?

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* 5. What are the advantages of health insurance reimbursement for hula tuition?

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* 6. What are the concerns/issues regarding allowing health insurance reimbursement for hula tuition?

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* 7. Should hula become reimbursable, would you be willing to participate in the certification process to be eligible for insurance reimbursement? This training may include lessons on nutrition, chronic diseases, physical activity, body physiology etc.

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* 8. Should hula become reimbursable, would you be willing to complete paperwork (IE student attendance verification, invoicing etc.) for either you or your student to receive insurance payments/reimbursements?

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* 9. Do you think health insurance companies should reimburse other Hawaiian cultural activities as a wellness benefit? If so, please explain.

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* 10. Who else should we consult on this matter?

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* 11. Additional comments:

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* 12. Please provide your contact details if you'd like further information

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