...nearly 300 East Hawaii teens who participated in the free camp this year, its largest turnout ever. The goal was to expose students to various health care-related careers in Hawaii, which historically has experienced a shortage of physicians and other medical workers. In addition to compounding, students got to learn how to suture, put on an arm cast, practice calculating body mass index and take blood pressure. Workshops were led by older health care students, including medical students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and pharmacy and nursing students from UH-Hilo.
High school student Chaden Shimaoka-Bello learned about meeting deadlines, reaching out for help from the community and staying organized.
But the aloha spirit he included in each care package created for his Kamehameha Schools Hawaii senior legacy project flowed from empathy rather than obligation.
“Just to give them a little bit of our culture is really important to me,” Shimaoka-Bello said Friday outside the Hilo Medical Center emergency room.
That’s where patients who his project serves arrive — some with life-threatening head injuries, in need of heart surgery, during the aftermath of traumatic auto crashes and with a variety of other neurological, cardiovascular and orthopedic crises.