Spending regular time with family and friends is priceless.  Having people to talk to and share time with helps ward off depression, gives a sense of support, security, and belonging, provide emotional fulfillment, and helps you to live longer too.  Children also greatly benefit, with studies showing children with strong family networks more likely earn better grades and have less behavior problems.  They are also less likely to participate in high risk behaviors, such as substance abuse.   Just simply listening and sharing with each other on how your day was will go a long way.  Bond with your 'ohana further by doing positive social activities - having dinner together, watching a movie, going to the beach, or just hanging out - will reap benefits and build memories for a lifetime. 

Community Service
Helping others and your community provides physical and mental benefits to everyone involved.  For the volunteer, it helps to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety and boosts mood, self-confidence, self-esteem, life satisfaction, and physical health and increase years of life.  It also helps bring a sense of purpose to your life, while at the same time, bringing social enjoyment and fun.  For the community, they get the benefit of not only your service but your positive energy as well.  Start by inviting a family member, co-worker, or friend who, is in need, over to dinner.  Later, you can start volunteering with a non-profit group of interest to you.  No matter where you begin, those around you will appreciate you care. 

Daily Activity
Being active helps your body's system to function regularly and helps ward off diseases, such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and certain cancers.  It helps to prevent bone loss and keep your lungs and heart functioning properly.  Besides all this, being active can boost your mood and improve your self-esteem, helping you to feel better about yourself and your relationships with others. You don't have to be a triathlete to reap these benefits; you can get them from everyday lifestyle activities, such as working in the yard, having fun at the beach, and walking with your dog or with your friends.  Make being active a part of your daily routine!


Spiritual health is a vital part of total health, inseparable with physical and mental health.  Studies have shown that those who practice their spirituality have an easier time coping with negative situations and emotions in their life and so less likely to experience depression and anxiety.  Relatedly, they tend to be more optimistic and hopeful in life and practice healthier behaviors.  In addition to all this, those who are spiritually-minded tend to have a social network of like-minded people who support and encourage one another through life's ups and downs..  The overall effect of one's spirituality has an positive influence on one's immune, cardiovascular, nervous, and hormonal systems and overall health.  If you don't already belong to a faith-based group, a good first step is to start talking to your friends and go with them to one that fits your beliefs.

Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet - which includes a diet abundant in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and beans - has been shown to prevent, treat, and/or reverse diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, cancer, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. In addition, it can help to slow the aging process, including mind and memory functions. On the other hand, a diet full of animal products - such as red meat and dairy - can have the exact opposite effect.  Think beyond salads!  And start slow and steady.  You can begin by adding your favorite vegetables to your favorite dinner meals - such as pak choy to your soups and stir-fries .  Add a cup of brown rice to every cup of white rice you cook.  Include fresh papaya with your breakfast.  Over time you will see that food can be your medicine! 

Ho`opōmaika`i Principles of Health and Longevity

Ho`opōmaika`i was started by a group of volunteers - individuals, health professionals, businesses owners, and church members -  interested in improving the health of the Big Island community.  This group continues to grow as people, with the same goals in mind, are interested in uniting efforts to promote these principles - and better health -  in our community.  Funding for this movement is provided by the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.

How Ho`opōmaika`i Began

Background of Ho`opōmaika`i

Ho`opōmaika`i - Hawaiian word for "prosper" - is a movement aimed at achieving total

health and well-being among every single person throughout our Kona community and

beyond. Total health includes, not only physical health, but mental and spiritual health

as well.  We cannot truly achieve total health without addressing these three aspects

of health.

The framework for this project was based upon National Geographic's Blue Zone study. 

In this study, they found only five regions in the world that produce several times more

people who live up to 100 years old or longer; that experience a lot less diseases, and

that have people who enjoy more quality years of life later or longer than anyone else

in the world. Of these five regions worldwide, only one of them was in the U.S. -

Loma Linda, California.

There were five key things Loma Linda residents were doing that helped them live good, long lives. 


1) Ate a plant-based diet;

2) Were physically active daily;

3) Had an`ohana (family and friends) whom they spent time with regularly;

4) Participated in community service activities regularly; and,

5) Enjoyed a weekly “sanctuary in time” of rest and spiritual, mental, and physical refreshment.

Our goal is to promote these five principles to help our community live longer, healthier, happier lives.