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The Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii have been serving the Hawaiian community since 1968, when our founders Drs. Albert Chun-Hoon, Lawrence Gordon and Alan Pavel joined practices to provide Hawaii with an outstanding level of orthopedic care. Since then, OAHI has remained a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries and issues, with cutting-edge facilities and technology and expertly skilled physicians.

Our Founders

Dr. Chun-HoonDr. Chun-Hoon
Dr. Chun-Hoon was the youngest son of the famous Chun-Hoon family. He excelled academically and athletically at Iolani School, before completing his undergraduate work at Bowdoin College. From there, he attended Yale Medical School, and interned at Philadelphia General Hospital before serving in the U.S. Army in Okinawa. He then practiced General Medicine for a few months in the office of his father-in-law, Dr. H.Q. Pang prior to training in Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University.

Dr. Chun-Hoon was not only a well-regarded Orthopedist but was a leader in many areas of the Honolulu community, including terms as Chairman of the Board of HMSA, Chairman of the Board of Medical Licensing, President of the Hawaii Medical Association and a Board Member of First Interstate Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Aloha United Way, the Blood Bank of Hawaii, Chief of Staff of St. Francis Hospital and in 1982 was awarded the prestigious A. H. Robbins Award for outstanding community service. He passed away in 1998 from cancer.
Dr. Alan PavelDr. Alan Pavel
Dr. Pavel was a native New Yorker, graduating from Yale University and the University of Chicago School of Medicine, before interning at Cornell-New York Hospital and then spending two years in the Navy in Florida. He then went to the well-known orthopedic training program at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He practiced at the Straub Clinic until 1968 when he joined Dr. Gordon as a partner.

As an Assistant, then Associate and finally a full Clinical Professor of Surgery (Orthopedics) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii — Manoa, he was renowned as a professor whose principles, ethical standards and words of wisdom are quoted to this day. After unanimously winning the "Teacher of the Year" award several years in succession, he was disqualified so someone else might have a chance to win. He died from cancer in 2004.
Dr. Lawrence GordonDr. Lawrence Gordon
Dr. Gordon has had long ties with Hawaii. A graduate of Punahou, Dr. Gordon was a champion middle distance runner and attended Stanford University and the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon had his orthopedic training at Stanford, spent a year as a National Foundation Fellow in London, England, served in the U.S. Navy and then taught at the University of Washington School of Medicine for three years before returning home in 1965. He developed the orthopedic training program at the University where he was the Professor and Chairman of the Orthopedic Section for nine years. He retired from active practice in 1991 but continues to have minor teaching responsibilities. Since retirement he has spent over a year developing a modern orthopedic department and its curriculum and teaching orthopedic surgery in Uganda working for Health Volunteers Overseas.

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In the Community

In addition to their busy practices, the team of professionals from Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii are also quite active in the community. From volunteering at the Shriner's Hospital or Queen Emma Clinic, to coaching and assisting with youth sports, they demonstrate their strong commitment to community in numerous ways.

Dr. Harpstrite during his recent tour in Afghanistan as Chief of Orthopedic Trauma