In the late 1940s, sugar was king with nearly 100 plantations scattered throughout Hawaii. A large portion of that population received medical care in their own closed systems, many of them being Japanese Americans
The lack of Japanese-speaking medical clinics inspired Drs. Isami Umaki (OB/GYN) and Thomas Fujiwara (Internist) to establish Central Medical Clinic (CMC) in 1949, making it the first Japanese-speaking clinic on Oahu. in 1956, third founder Dr. Goonzo Yamashita (Pediatrician) joined the clinic making CMC multi-generational, caring for patients at all stages of life.