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Dr. Buie on Olelo

Dr. Timothy Buie’s Family and Professional Talk at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, will be aired on Olelo Community Media the following dates:

• October 26, 2015 @ 6:00 PM on OLELO54
• October 30, 2015 @ 8:00 AM on OLELO54
• October 31, 2015 @ 10:00 PM on OLELO54
• November 2, 2015 @ 1:30 PM on OLELO54

After the first television airing, the Family and Professional Talk will be archived on the OleloNet website. You can access it by going to, and clicking on “What’s On”, then click on the “OleloNet Video on Demand” and type the title of the program, Autism and the Gut/Brain Connection.
Also, when the program is airing on television, it is accessible online through Olelo’s live stream by going the OleloNet website and clicking on “Channel 54” at the time of airing.

Dr. Buie’s visit was made possible by a generous grant from the HMSA foundation.


“Various Ills Can Trouble Autistic Kids”

• HAWAII MIDWEEK March, 2013

“Finding and Funding Treatments for Autism”


“Autism Climbs to 1 in 50 Kids”

• HAWAII MIDWEEK October, 2012

Hawaii Autism Foundation has been featured in the following publications:


“Hoakalei Golf Tournament Raises $100,000 for
Area Nonprofits”


“Flying First Class. The GIFT Foundation awards HAF”

“$10,000 awarded to Beautiful Son Foundation”

• HAWAII LUXURY April, 2013

“Beyond the Spectrum”

• HAWAII LUXURY August, 2013

“New Wave Hawaii Autism”

Dr. William Bolman


As a child psychiatrist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Bolman helped to found the Autism Society of Hawaii in 1992. In addition to practicing, teaching and lecturing, Dr. Bolman served as a consultant for the National Institute for Mental Health and the World Health Organization. In this capacity he gave presentations on autism spectrum disorders in Japan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

In October, 2013, Cynthia Bartlett, who is on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Autism Foundation conducted an interview with Dr. Bolman, that can be viewed at

He spoke about the importance of early identification and early intervention, the importance of school intervention, how young people with autism need to have a systematic approach. “We can’t let (our children) just graduate high school, they must continue to use their brains, be involved in community activity, they cannot stay at home because the brain becomes rapidly inactive.”

He has inspired Hawaii Autism Foundation to find potential partners and a sustainable facility for a Windward Skills Center for our young adults who are graduating out of the school system. The Center will encourage independent living by offering life skills and job training as well as socialization and recreation opportunities.

Dr. Ryan Lee, pediatric neurologist at Shriners Hospital,  specializing in autism and a board member of the Autism Society of Hawaii wrote the following, which captures the essence of this kind and generous man who will be sorely missed:

“In the 1970’s, physicians specializing in autism spectrum disorders were scarce in Hawaii. He humbly accepted his role as the local leader in the field. He had a unique passion for advancing health care opportunities, mentoring and education, and exploring novel research avenues, in hope of bettering the lives of children. He was well respected by colleagues from Boston to Hawaii… He updated himself, almost on a daily basis, in the latest findings in autism research. Bill was a scholar and a strong advocate, especially for those unable to communicate their needs effectively.”

Hawaii Autism Foundation (HAF) was started by a group of parents who have children on the spectrum and who know the journey. Because of this, we understand too well the feeling of being alone and that is why we are creating partnerships with various organizations that strengthen our community and share our vision of supporting families.  This quarter we are highlighting our partnership with the largest family autism support group in the state, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), Hawaii Chapter. HAF is in its sixth year of supporting TACA, Hawaii Chapter and recently contributed another $25,000 to support Hawaii families.

We recently received this email below from a mother on the Island of Hawaii:

“Extending gratitude to your organization for blessing our 4 yr. old son Josiah with a 2nd year of the medical scholarship. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii where resources for autism are scarce but growing. Thanks to your financial grace and Dr. Kathryn Taketa-Wong our son is making leaps and bounds. The resources we have been provided thru your organization have truly opened our eyes to the fullness of autism and what growth and learning is possible. You are truly a God-send. It is an honor to have been graced by all of you.  Mahalo nui loa 🙂 “.  – Akya Azarael

Aloha Dr. Noelani Apua-Ludlum

When we first started the Hawaii Autism Foundation there were just a few doctors available in the Islands with specialized medical care for children on the autism spectrum. HAF has sponsored several doctors’ dinners to discuss the most recent scientific treatments.  Our last speaker, Dr. Dan Rossignol, M.D., founder of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), spoke with a dozen local physicians, researchers and psychiatrists. In our mission to increase local knowledge regarding autism we have provided scholarships for doctors to attend the MAPS conferences on the mainland.  The most recent doctor to benefit from a scholarship is Dr. Noelani Apau-Ludlum, M.D.

Noelani Apau-Ludlum was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She attended Kamehameha School and the University of California at Berkeley.  She received her medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine located on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  For over 25 years she was a Pediatrician in private practice in California and Hawaii.  During the last decade she fitted graduate school into her schedule, getting a Masters of Science and then a Ph.D. in Clinical Research.

Dr. Apau-Ludlum comes from an education background; both her parents were schoolteachers in Honolulu.  They encouraged their children to always be learning, growing and to care for others.  As a result all four children became medical doctors.

Dr. Apau-Ludlum is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatricians and a member of its Special Interest Group concerned with Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s, ADHD and Adolescents.  Now she is concentrating her practice to help children with autism.  We hope to announce in the near future office hours for Dr. Apau-Ludlum’s new practice.

Please consider a donation to the Hawaii Autism Foundation.  Mahalo.

Mahalo nui loa to our Walkers at the 2014 Visitor Industry Charity Walk!