The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii held its largest free kidney screening of the year Saturday, during an event with Creative Arts Experience to celebrate National Kidney Month.

The foundation says it's a chance to engage the community and tell them why it's important to improve their health.

Experts say kidney disease is on the rise in Hawaii.

Glen Hayashida, CEO of National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii says, "We can't afford to keep building dialysis centers for kidney disease. One of the things we're trying to do is prevent it and to do that, we need more people live intentionally to live differently."

Hayashida says the most recent statistics show one out of seven Hawaii residents has kidney disease, but he also predicts the next survey will show a worsening trend.