Kohala Food, Health & Wellness Forum

Living Longer.

Living Better.

Food, Health & Wellness

In North Kohala

Ongoing Community Food, Health and Wellness Input welcome by sharing concerns and suggestions on this form.
The Opening Forum was Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at the Kohala Public Library, 5:30-8pm. Food and Wellness Showcase, 5:30-6, Forum Program, 6-8pm.


The Second Forum was’The Future of Health in Kohala’ and was held on Monday, March 13th, 2017 at the Kohala Public Library, with Kohala Hospital, Hamakua-Kohala Health, Ardolf Naturopath Clinic, Hawaii Blue Zones, North Hawaii Hospice and Same Canoe ‘Food is Medicine’.
Proceedings will be published in a series of short articles: Challenges 1

The Kohala Health Forum series is a non-profit initiative seeding a planning and action circle that is invited to assess and improve the Food, Health and Wellness potential of North Kohala for the enrichment of its local residents. We invite you to join in the planning and action process, to share your voice for constructive improvements, and to work with our esteemed community leaders in making measurable change happen. The first project goal is to foster a community council that strides into the future as an independent, grass roots, community-based voice for North Kohala.


Meet North Kohala’s Food, Health and Wellness Participants and Supporters:


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Irene Carpenter, Hamakua-Kohala Health


Hamakua-Kohala Health serves all people who live in the geographic region known as North Hawaii. We are characterized as rural, ethnically diverse, and under-served in many health professions and we experience various health disparities among at-risk populations. Visit Hamakua-Kohala Health.


FCcolor.kapa-Same Canoe Local Food Challenge

Creating connections, offering choices, and fostering positive behavior change in the Food, Health and Wellness circle of community life. Navigators: Marcy Montgomery and Stephen Shrader. A project of One Island.




bzHawaii Blue Zones Project

On Hawaii Island,  the Blue Zones Project is working to promote health, well-being and longevity through proven methods documented in centenarian communities around the world.




kohalahospitalKohala Hospital Kohala Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital with acute and long-term care services and a 24-hour emergency room that supports the North Kohala community. They are a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a special agency of the state of Hawaii established in 1996. Their mission is to provide a “healing” environment to the community of North Kohala through the provision of quality health care services with emphasis on quality of life to all patients and residents. Hospital web site.




ardolf1Dr. Ardolf and Associates Naturopath Clinic is located in Kapa’au and offers integrated medicine to local and visiting clients. Visit Dr. Ardolf online.










Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey

Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey are residents of Hawi and respected elders and pioneers in the global mindfulness, compassion, and contemplative science movements.  They serve as medical school faculty for University of Minnesota and founders of North Kohala based Wisdom at Work  and their work has inspired thousands of leaders, organizations, and communities around the globe to live with deeper wisdom, creativity, and resilience.  Their published works include: Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in Complex Times;  Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness; and Wisdom at Work.


LokahiGardenHostsDr. Richard Liebmann, Lokahi Garden Sanctuary

After many years of practicticing as a Naturopath, Richard acquired raw land in North Kohala ans has built a beautiful farm, food forest, and healing sanctuary where he and his wife, Natalie (see below), invite guests for personal retreats, They also take explorers on deeply rewarding botanical field trips in Italy and Patagonia. Learn more at their web site.






Donna Maltz – Soil to Soul Solutions– Health is your greatest wealth
There is a very tight relationship between the gut flora that lives inside your digestive system, your immune system and the health of the soil.

85 percent of our immune system is located in the gut wall. A robust immune system, is our number one defense system against disease, made up of trillions of microbes, sustains all the other systems in our bodies.

Robust soil, is a vital living ecosystem, considered the immune system for the earth made up of trillions of microbes, a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Visit Soil to Soul here.



Karin Cooke, RN and Lew Whitney of Kokolulu Cancer Retreats and HIQI
Kokolulu Farm and Retreats is committed to providing a sanctuary for people facing chronic illness or those wanting to improve their self care skills, support for them emotionally in a healing environment and education to teach them techniques and attitudes to give them courage, strength and love.Visit Kokolulu.





Bobbi Bryant of North Hawaii Hospice
North Hawaii Hospice  provides compassionate care focused on comfort. It is care that meets the unique needs of each person.  Hospice celebrates life.  It allows patients and families to make the most of every day.


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Chris Kelly of Prevention Plus
Prevention PLUS  provides schools and other community groups with substance abuse prevention education. Our goal is to reduce the suffering caused by addiction. We don’t use scare tactics, because the truth is scary enough.


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Natalie Young, Lokahi Garden Sanctuary: Fitness from the Inside Out: Movement and Massage

Movement and therapeutic massage are two potent and practical methods for improving body and mind fitness.   You can enhance the inherent health ( which is within always within you) by participating in classes that are a playful and effective blend of Pilates, Qi Qong, Yoga and dance and self massage treatments that decrease pain and stiffness, You can build your core strength, mobilize and free your joints, keep your connective tissue healthy, increase your stamina, flexibility and energy . Visit Lokahi Garden Sanctuary here.


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Dr. Hana Roberts, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Roberts is an integrative primary care doctor with a practice in North Kohala and Waimea. Her approach draws upon the the best of both ancient wisdom and modern functional medicine. She specializes in IV nutritional therapy. Visit Kohala Wellness.





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Carol R. Ignacio, Hawaii Blue Zones Project

Carol was the founder of the Hawaii Food Basket and is currently the Community Program Manager – Hawaii Island, Blue Zones Project working to promote health, well-being and longevity through proven methods documented in centenarian communities around the world.




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Superfood Chef Todd Dacey

Todd is a healthy lifestyle activist promoting plant based culinary diets and practices. Visit Longevity Source.




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Jan Roberts, Yoga Instructor

With over 40 years of Iyengar teaching experience, Jan Roberts provides a gentle and safe environment to deepen your yoga practice. Weekly classes offered in North Kohala and at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Visit Jan online.


Margaret Wille

Former Councilmember Margaret Wille represented North and South Kohala with an emphasis on the well-being of the people she serves and the land and natural resources that support us all.



Sweet Potato Kitchen


Sweet Potato Kitchen and Take-Out is a Gluten-Free Kitchen specializing in Non-GMO, Organic and Vegan dishes, using local foods to prepare delicious healthy meals. Visit Sweet Potato online.



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