‘Ai Pono Hawaii, created by Dr. Anita Johnston, is a connecting point for four distinct programs developed for those individuals in Hawaii seeking the highest quality professional assistance regarding various disordered eating 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 Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (EDIOP).
The Ai Pono Women’s Program assists women struggling with anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating as they discover their own pathway to recovery. The ‘Ai Pono Body Balance Program provides support and intensive outpatient counseling to women and men struggling with disordered eating and disabling weight issues, including those associated with weight loss surgery. The ‘Ai Pono Teen Program assists female adolescents who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, exercise addiction, and negative body image.
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.