November 9, 2013
Pearl City community welcomes HMSA Center with grand opening celebration
Hundreds of Hawaii residents got their first glimpse of the new HMSA Center @
Pearl City today during a grand opening celebration that began with a traditional
Hawaiian blessing ceremony. The center, located in the Pearl City Gateway Center
between Longs Drugs and the Roger Dunn golf store, offers consumers a convenient way
to get answers and assistance in a rapidly changing health care environment.
“When we first began planning these new HMSA Centers, we were looking for a central
location to accommodate consumers who want to face-to-face help, but don’t want to drive
all the way to town to get it,” said Tim Johns, HMSA’s chief consumer officer. “The HMSA
Center @ Pearl City will serve residents in Leeward and Central Oahu as well as those who
live as far as the North Shore.”
“There’s definitely a need for this kind of service here in Pearl City,” said Johns. “Even
before we finished the center, as soon as the sign went up, we had people walking by asking
if they could come in to ask a question and others who wanted to pay their bill. We’re excited
to be here and look forward to helping individuals, small business owners, anyone who has a
question related to health insurance.”
Today’s grand opening celebration featured health screenings, free massages, keiki games
and activities, healthy snacks, and tours of the brand new center. The center has self-service
kiosks, private meeting rooms, a state-of-the art health screening machine, and a large area to
accommodate community health-related events. The center will be open Monday through Saturday,
from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., to help customers with bills, health screenings, health care reform
information, and health plan guidance.
Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together
with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote
wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear,
HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of
Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility
to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.
Headquartered on Oahu with neighborhood centers and offices statewide to serve our
members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.