Programs with Hawaiian Eye Foundation

Cataract Days for Sight

Since our inaugural event in 2017, we have partnered with local Ophthalmologists in Hawai’i who have generously donated their time, services and supplies to conduct free cataract surgeries for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

This project is especially for those who do not have or cannot obtain medical insurance. We will also accept those who meet a list of eligibility requirements, including a household income of less than 200% of the poverty level.

We are especially honored to be able to offer this service in Hawai’i and bring the aloha home.

Our goal is to give the gift of sight to those who would otherwise be unable to obtain such services. This will give them the chance to care for themselves and branch out into the workforce.

Cataract Days 2018 from Hawaiian Eye Foundation on Vimeo.

Cataract Days V, free cataract eye surgery for Hawai’is’ patients in need, is scheduled for September 4, 2021. Exams and clearance appointments will be scheduled prior to this date for qualifying patients that have met with HEF staff. This year’s volunteer surgical team is led by Dr. Viven Tham of Pacific Vision Institute of Hawai‘i, Dr. Kenneth Lee of Straub Medical Center, WikiVision and Eye Surgery Center of Hawai‘i. This program is funded by a generous 5-year grant from the Atherton Family Foundation and the support of WikiVision, a nonprofit organization founded by local students.

To apply for this service, please contact us by email at or by leaving a message on our office line at (808) 536-3961 by August 14, 2021. All communication is coordinated through Hawaiian Eye Foundation. Please do not call the surgeon directly.  If you know someone in need of eye care, that is un- or under-insured, homeless, migrant, unemployed, or unable to afford for care due to financial hardship, please refer them to us for our upcoming Cataract Days event.

We wish to continuously extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our former Cataract Days’ surgeons.  The first Cataract Days was hosted by HEF BOD Dr. Chris Tortora of Hawaiian Eye Center.  He and his staff, led by Jocelyn Morales-Onza, set the bar high with their excellent service in our first year’s event.  In 2018, Dr. Tyrie Jenkins and Dr. Jeff Peterson, of Jenkins Eye Care, with the help of their office manager, Pam Utu, were incredible to work with at the 2nd annual event. We look forward to working with Dr. Alan Faulkner of Aloha Laser Vision and his office staff, led by Dr. Mau, Office Manager Leona and Keala, for year 3 of this free surgery opportunity.


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