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From young to old, a large number of Americans suffer from cognitive, physical, and emotional difficulties due to either substance abuse, unhealthy eating, or simply because of getting older. Mental health issues are complex and can have multiple triggers. They can be experienced anywhere, by anyone, and at any given time in one’s life.

The most fragile sufferers are the youngsters and our elderly.

We have brought Hau’oli Piha to life to “promote and link evidence-based programs with individuals, families and the broader community, in order to relieve mental health afflictions and improve the joyfulness in their lives and help them stay connected to one another.” We are working hard to bring therapeutically, naturally, mood-lifting approaches to our population on Maui to help them improve their mental health and overall well-being.

It is our goal

“to promote and link evidence-based programs with individuals, families and the broader community, in order to relieve mental health afflictions and improve the joyfulness in their lives and help them stay connected to one another.”

We strongly believe we have to…

Think Big. Act Bigger.

Better mental health and well-being

Mostly in the younger population, the availability of electronic devices and the abundant use of social media can trigger anxiety, depression, and at worse suicide. Our elderly are facing issues they have little control over such as social isolation and lack of stimulation, ultimately leading to severe loneliness and the sense of losing their purpose in life. Prevalent unhealthy nutritional choices in any age group can lead to a number of physical ailments, lowered self-esteem, and can have dire long-lasting consequences.

Our team at Hau‘oli Piha has identified areas in the Maui County healthcare continuum that are under-served. Take the aging population of Maui, for example, the hard choice of leaving behind familiar surroundings and familiar faces is not only a choice that comes at a huge monetary cost but also at the cost of giving up one’s independence and most activities the person was used to.

Despite the best efforts of caregivers or loved ones, some patients are simply not able to engage anymore due to various illnesses, especially those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. As patients age and those illnesses progress, their lives start lacking spontaneity, meaning, choice, and reliable social interactions. Residents in care homes are hugely dependent on whatever is offered to them for their enjoyment. Unfortunately, there is a discrepancy between what is needed and what is being offered, leaving the most vulnerable population under-served. To narrow this gap is our goal.

Support Programs

Building on the theme of “Caring for Caregivers” we will be offering to our Maui community:

Through our personal experiences in caring for loved ones, we have identified an opportunity to collaborate with others to bring therapeutic music services to the community, initially focusing on the kupuna and caregiver populations. Hau’oli Piha will collaborate with assisted living, adult day care, senior programs, and home-based caregivers to provide music therapy services to the people they serve and employ. We will be collaborating with MUSIC & MEMORY®, a non-profit organization that helps individuals with a wide range of cognitive and physical conditions to engage with the world, ease pain, and reclaim their humanity through the use of personalized music.

For more information visit: musicandmemory.org

We have seen the impacts, many positive, but many negative, that electronic communication devices and social media websites have on our lives. There are certain segments of the community that are seeing more significant negative impacts, particularly in the areas of cyberbullying and negative social media messaging. We will initially be focusing on providing services to the youth in our community and their parents/caregivers to learn how to use social media and their electronic devices in a safe and healthy manner.

We will be collaborating with Sean O’Hara Psy.D, NCAC I, SAP, a Board Licensed Psychologist, with over 30 years of experience with psychiatric, mental health, dual-diagnosis, and crisis intervention health problems. In addition to his two San Diego County office locations—Rancho Bernardo and
La Jolla, Dr. O’Hara travels throughout the country to work with out-of-state clients, corporations and athletes. Dr. O’Hara works with all populations, corporations, collegiate and professional sports teams, entertainment industries, and rock concert tours.

For more information visit: seanohara.com

We all know that eating nutritious food is a critical component of living a healthy life. It is easier said than done. We are looking to provide nutrition education to the community, initially focusing on the Native Hawaiian population, as they have some of the poorest health statuses due to improper nutrition. We will collaborate with Dr. Terry Shintani, a unique physician-nutritionist-community health advocate, and medical school professor. Dr. Shintani has supported the underserved and Native Hawaiian communities throughout his career with hundreds of programs and activities. One of his programs won the highest national award from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Together we make all the difference

Our Events

Hau’oli Piha is actively working on sourcing and offering much-needed programs to help our community. We are featuring several events throughout the year for members of our community and also for professionals. Some of these events are in the form of in-person or online seminars/workshops while others are educational talks given by specialists to the community at large. Everyone interested in learning about our well-being programs is welcome. Community events are offered at a small fee. Pricing for professional workshops varies. Please click on the links below for event and ticketing information. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Our Events:

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CARING FOR CAREGIVERS – Fri, June 24, 2022 (in-person and online)


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If you wish to find out more about Hau’oli Piha please contact us or donate today. It doesn’t take much to change a life and start making a difference.

CALL 808-930-5559

Together we thrive