OHA releases wahine health and well-being study

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs released its study on the health and well being of Native Hawaiian women (wahine).  The 150-page study, titled “Haumea: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Women and Empowering Wahine Well-Being,” followed a previous study on the health of Native Hawaiian men.

The Executive Summary explained that the report focused on six primary areas of review:

  • Mental and emotional wellness
  • Physical health
  • Motherhood
  • Intimate partner violence and incarceration
  • Economic well-being
  • Leadership and civic engagement

The data book is full of a wide range of interesting data points.  Some stood in stark relief to others, for example:

  • Native Hawaiian women make up 43.7% of the female prison population, but represent only 18.4% of the total adult population of the State of Hawaii.
  • The median age of all women in Hawaii is 39.9. The median age of “US Native Hawaiian” women is 27.1.
  • 33.7% of high school Native Hawaiian women had “hurt themselves” compared to the statewide, mixed gender average of 22.6%.
  • 14.6% of high school Native Hawaiian women “have actually attempted suicide” compared to 9.9% of non-Hawaiian women.

The complete study can be reviewed here.