PRIDoC 2018

Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress 2018 

JULY 12 - 17, 2018 UH Hilo, Island of Hawai‘i 

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Welina mai!

‘Oi Ola Wai Honua

Life is Better...while the Earth has Water


The ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka, the Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians, welcomes you to the Ninth biannual Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) being held July 12-17th, 2018 in Hilo on the Island of Hawai‘i.  

PRIDoC is an indigenous space for indigenous physicians and students, researchers and health professionals from across the Pacific to gather around shared issues of well-being among the many indigenous communities throughout and around the Pacific. 

The theme, ‘Oi Ola Wai Honua, was given to us by Aunty Pua Kanahele.   This translates as “life is better while the earth has water” and reminds us of the importance of caring for our resources, as well as those of us who also function as resources to our people.   We hope that this theme will inspire the exchange of ideas and collective knowledge that will enable our communities and us to thrive physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and culturally. 

PRIDoC 2018 is a collaborative effort, involving many partners including the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, the University of Hawai‘i Hilo and many other community partners and supporters. 

We are excited to announce that PRIDoC 2018 is able to provide CME (Continuing medical education) credits for physicians.

The Hawaii Consortium for Continuing Medical Education (HCCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Hawaii Consortium for Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.



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History of PRIDoC

The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) was started in 2002 to provide a vehicle for Indigenous physicians and medical students to network, discuss issues of mutual interest, share scientific advances and best practices as well as ancient wisdom and traditional knowledge to further the health and well-being of our communities. In addition, support and mentorship of our medical students has always been an important PRIDoC function.  

Original founding organizations, ‘Ahahui o na Kauka, Te ORA and AIDA have since been joined by three other indigenous organizations.  Previous PRIDoCs have been held in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Taiwan and Hawai‘i.

The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress has six formal members:

  • 'Ahahui o nā Kauka - Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians (Kauka)
  • Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) - Māori Medical Practitioners Association 
  • Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA)
  • Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC)
  • Medical Association for Indigenous People of Taiwan (MAIPT)
  • Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)


University of Hawai‘i Hilo is a public university in Hilo, one of ten branches of the University of Hawai‘i system. 

Hale‘ōlelo, at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo is the conference venue for PRIDoC 2018. The University of Hawai‘i Hilo is one of ten branches of the University of Hawai‘i system. 

Except for one day off site and most evening activities, PRIDoC 2018 presentations will be held in Hale‘ōlelo, which houses UH’s Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.  The 36,000 square foot complex features a performing arts auditorium, classrooms, library, media resource room, computer lab, meeting rooms and offices.  

It is the ideal venue for any indigenous gathering. 


Partner with Us PRIDoC 2018 

Support the Pacific Indigenous Doctors Congress

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Welina mai kākou,

As the host of the 9th biannual Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) in Hilo in July 2018, ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka invites professional and community partners to join us in welcoming our local and international guests. You are invited to share the hospitality of Hawai‘i's host culture, promote the innovations and collaborations of Hawai‘i's medical and public health arenas, build the capacity of the workforce that serves the medical needs of Pacific Peoples, and highlight Indigenous wisdom around health and well-being.

What is PRIDoC?

The idea of starting a Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Association occurred in 2000 when leaders from three indigenous physicians groups (Aotearoa, Australia and Hawaiʻi) met at a meeting in Australia and “identified the value of bringing together Indigenous doctors and students from around the Pacific to share resources and expertise."  Convening Indigenous doctors and students can also serve as a mechanism to influence public health policies that affect Indigenous communities throughout the Pacific.  

The first Congress was held in Waikīkī in 2002.  Every two years the Congress moves around the Pacific  involving participation from 200 to 250 medical practitioners and about 30 medical students. In the past, about 1/3 of participants were local physicians. 

Who are PRIDoC members?

PRIDoC has a membership made up of Indigenous medical associations. Current full members are:  ‘Ahahui o nā  Kauka, Te ORA (Maori Medical Practitioners Association), AIDA (Australian Indigenous Doctors Association), IPAC (Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada), MAIPT (Medical Association of Indigenous People of Taiwan), AAIP (Association of American Indian Physicians).   The PBMA (Pacific Basin Medical Association) is an associate member.

Who is the Kauka Hui?

‘Ahahui o nā Kauka, also known as the Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians, is a not-for-profit corporation, or 501(c)(3), established in 1998.  Our mission is to champion superior health care for Native Hawaiians and their families, which we do through leadership and advocacy, education, community service and collaboration, and the support of our members and haumana.

When is PRIDoC 2018?

In 2018, ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka has the distinct pleasure of hosting the 9th PRIDoC in Hilo, on the island of Hawai‘i, from July 12-17, 2018. 

How can we partner?

We welcome your partnership.  Your support may be in the form of a grant or event sponsorship.  You have opportunities to sponsor keynote speakers or meals.   You may want to join us in Hilo to display information about your organization or products throughout the conference.

As a PRIDoC 2018 Partner, your organization's logos will be prominently featured in conference materials, online promotions, and conference apps.  You will be recognized throughout event.

We look forward to partnering with you in the manner that best matches your organization's mission and needs.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.  The sponsorship packet may be found here.  Dr. Dee-Ann Carpenter, presiding Chair of PRIDoC 2018, can be reached at:

‘O wau iho no me ka ha‘aha‘a,

Dee-Ann L. Carpenter, MD, Chairperson, PRIDoC 2018               

Noa Emmett Aluli, MD, President, ‘Ahahui o nā  Kauka