In 1983 Aloha Medical Mission was founded as a secular non-profit organization with a 501 (c) (3) status based in Honolulu and volunteer driven. The overseas missions provided free medical and dental care to the underserved poor in the Philippines, and then branched out to over 15 countries, including Asia and the Pacific.
In the 1990s AMM realized the importance of providing needed medical and dental services to our own local community in Hawai'i. We originally established a free health clinic at the Institute for Human Services in 1995 and then in 2002 moved to Palama Settlement, once the home of the Strong Carter Dental Clinic. It was discovered that operating on a part-time basis and utilizing only volunteer dentists; we could not accommodate the needs of this gap group, which numbered over 400,000 residents, due to the lack of available appointments and clinic capacity. In 2011 with funding from the Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, we were able to increase the clinic capacity with the addition of 2 more dental suites for a total of 4. Then with funds received from other charitable foundations to hire dental staff and with our cadre of volunteer dentists, the clinic expanded to full time status.