East Hawaii IPA

East Hawaii Independent Physicians Association (East Hawaii IPA) is a nonprofit association of independent healthcare providers based on the east side of Hawaii Island (Big Island).

East Hawaii IPA’s Vision: A community working together to achieve better health.

East Hawaii IPA’s Mission: Empower independent healthcare providers in Hawaii Island to improve quality, increase access and lower costs to achieve better health.

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Who We Are

East Hawaii IPA (EHI IPA) is a physician-driven independent practice association (IPA) formed to improve the practice of medicine and health care delivery on the Island of Hawaii (Big Island). Incorporated in 1994 as a non-profit physician organization, East Hawaii IPA has grown to a membership of over 70 physicians on the Big Island. EHI IPA’s network has been valuable to health plans in securing a network for insurance product lines. Members include primary care and specialty providers as well as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Doctors of Osteopathy. A handful of physical therapy professionals are EHI IPA associate members.
There are two categories of membership: Provider Members and Associate Members. Provider members are defined as medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and advanced practice registered nurses. Membership is open to Island of Hawaii (Big Island) independent providers
EHI IPA is governed by a nine physician Board of Directors elected by the general membership. Officers are elected by and among the board members. A physician serves in the capacity of EHI’s president and medical director. The IPA has a physical office in Hilo supported by an administrator and project staff. Pono Health based in Honolulu provides back office administrative support to the IPA.


  • Kevin Kurohara, MD – President
  • Lynda Dolan, MD – Vice President, Transformation Director
  • Brenda Camacho, MD – Secretary
  • David Nakamura, MD – Treasurer


  • Brenda Camacho, MD
  • Pradeepta Chowdhury, MD
  • Lynda Dolan, MD
  • Laurie Hopman, MD
  • Kevin Kurohara, MD
  • Raymond Lee, MD
  • Richard Lee-Ching, MD – Ex-Officio Emeritus
  • Peter Matsuura, MD
  • David Nakamura, MD
  • Rodney Ono, MD


  • Susan Mochizuki, LNHA, MBA


  • Joyce Vitales, Executive Assistant