‘Ai Pono Hawaii, created by Dr. Anita Johnston and Dr. Steve Orenstein, is a connecting point for those individuals in Hawaii seeking the highest quality professional care for eating disorders and related issues.
The Anorexia and Bulimia Center of Hawaii (ABC Hawaii), was co-founded by Dr. Johnston in 1982, as a collection of professionals in Oahu specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. In 2001, as the need for a higher level of eating disorder care was recognized, ABC Hawaii evolved into ‘Ai Pono, the nation’s first Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive overeating.
The ’Ai Pono IOP assists women struggling with anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating as they make their own way through the labyrinth of recovery. Whether you are a woman struggling with binge/purging, a teen struggling with problems of self-starvation and loss of self-esteem, or an individual struggling with binge-eating, disabling weight gain, negative body image, or exercise addiction, the ‘Ai Pono Program provides support, therapy, and education. Most of all, the ‘Ai Pono treatment program provides real hope for recovery with the kind of compassion, understanding, and expertise that only 35+ years of experience can provide.
In 2014, ’Ai Pono Maui, Hawaii’s first eating disorder residential facility, was established for those needing a higher level of care than out-patient treatment could provide. Prior to the establishment of this facility, those individuals in need of residential treatment had to seek treatment off-island, on the US Mainland. Currently, ‘Ai Pono Maui treats the local Hawaii population as well as patients coming from off-island to appreciate the unique healing opportunities found in Hawaii.
‘Ai Pono Hawaii is a uniquely structured information and healing center created to provide support, understanding and solutions in a loving and nurturing environment. It is not simply a set of unparalleled programs to address disordered eating – it is a passageway for those seeking to discover their own path to recovery.