Top Doctors in Hawaii

2018 Top Doctors in Hawai‘i: Health Facts


  • In 2017, Hawaiʻi was one of only six states to require high school students to participate in a minimum amount of physical education time—200 minutes per week.

  • Hawaʻi’s health system performance ranked best in the nation, according to Commonwealth Fund, which looked at factors that include access and affordability.

  • Hawaiʻi has the fourth-smallest occurrence of obesity in adults in the U.S.

  • Native Hawaiian healing practices by kāhuna were outlawed in 1905. However, the Hawaiʻi Medicine Board would eventually license kāhuna in 1919.

  • Hawaiʻi is the least-healthy state when it comes to sleep. Almost 43 percent of Hawaiʻi’s adults reported sleeping fewer than seven hours a night.

  • When the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i first started in 1941, blood was collected in bottles, hemoglobin checks were done through the earlobe and one van collected blood from the entire island.

  • About half of all practicing physicians in the state are graduates of the John A. Burns School of Medicine residency program or are faculty.

  • Hawaiʻi was ranked as the second-healthiest state for seniors in 2018, according to the United Health Foundation.

  • Among all middle school students in the state, 30 percent have at least one friend who uses e-cigarettes.


Sources: Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, California Journal of Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Commonwealth Fund, Hawai‘i Health Data Warehouse, Hawai‘i state Department of Education, John A. Burns School of Medicine,, United Health Foundation, United States Environmental Protection Agency


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