To improve the quality and longevity of life, Native Hawaiians will enjoy healthy lifestyles and experience reduced onset of chronic diseases.
- Increasing the percentage of Native Hawaiian families actively improving lifestyle choices by engaging in health programs and supportive family development practices.
- Reduce the rate of obesity among Native Hawaiians from 49.3 percent to 35 percent.
Project Pūʻolo is a multidisciplinary, school-based, childhood obesity prevention and treatment program focused on the early identification of students affected by obesity and the promotion of positive health changes and lifestyle choices in students and their families. Project Pūʻolo, delivered with relevant Hawaiian values and traditional food and nutritional practices, establishes a whole-child approach to the alignment of health with education by offering a coordinated array of direct and prevention health services. The evidence-based approach builds on the success of a two-year pilot project in engaging students and families to increase physical activity and nutrition knowledge.
Kauaʻi Malaʻai Kula: Creating health through a culturally relevant farm-to-school program addresses the health and wellness of 202 students (96 percent Native Hawaiian) at two Hawaiian-focused charter schools: Kawaikini NCPCS and Ke Kula Niʻihau. Healthy farm-to-table meal programs will be developed at both schools and school staff will receive capacity-building services to improve physical activity and nutrition education of students. Once the school meal programs launch, the emphasis will shift to increasing the amount of locally produced food served to students. In addition, a full-time Farm-to-School AmeriCorps VISTA member will help integrate school gardens into the curriculum.
Ola Kino Maikaʻi serves Hawaiian women and children enrolled in Family Treatment Services’ residential and therapeutic treatment programs on Oʻahu. The program aims to improve the health of Hawaiian women recovering from substance abuse and addiction while preventing obesity and reducing weight gain related to cessation of tobacco, methamphetamine and other drugs. Participants will engage in Hawaiian cultural practices that support health and learn skills to live a healthy lifestyle. Cultural components of the program include a weekly culture class, lomilomi, establishing a māla or garden, learning mele, oli, moʻolelo and dances and excursions to culturally significant sites.
THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER
The Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke – Hana Ola Project is a community-driven effort in East Maui that implements culturally-relevant programs that provide direct services (physical activity, clinical assessment) and prevention services (education, research) to reduce the rate and severity of obesity among Native Hawaiians. Activities open to all in Hāna include a Community Build program that takes participants through the process of building kūpuna cottages and other structures, Kuʻi Loʻi and Kuʻi Ai programs to grow and pound kalo, mālama ʻāina at Mahele Farm and culturally-relevant strength and conditioning programs such as hula and thatched hale building.