Dr. Kara Okahara Olsen
Class of 1986
Dr. Doug Olsen
Class of 1986
By: Christina Uhrle
As family physicians Dr. Kara Okahara and Dr. Doug Olsen treat all types of patients (children through the elderly) in their outpatient clinic and at the hospital. They both attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where Brian Olsen majored in chemistry and Kara Okahara in biology, and both graduated from the John A. Burns Medical School. After medical school, they both moved to Seattle where they completed their three-year residency training in family practice. This prepared them for their job as family physicians.
The Doctors Olsen enjoy the challenge of helping people get well. They enjoy the opportunity to care for multiple family members such as children, parents and grandparents. The Olsens also help educate and teach medical students from the UH medical school. As husband and wife doctors, seeing each other in the office everyday is a positive experience. If one of them is unavailable, the other will cover. However, taking a vacation becomes difficult since they usually have to close their office or make some staff available to help their patients.
Both doctors are members of the Waiäkea High School class of 1986, where they attended the Senior prom together. They both shared an interest in science during high school and remember their teachers Mrs. Netlie Yokoyama, biology; Mrs. Leo Kunimoto, chemistry. They also recall that both of their teachers, Mrs. Jamie Nekoba, science, and Mrs. Helen Kobayashi, AP Social Studies, went on maternity leave at the same time. They chose to return home to establish their practice because their families reside here and they wanted to raise their children Craig, age 5; Ethan, age 2; and Kayla, age 1, in Hilo.