News 2019-03-01T02:02:41+00:00

Maui Behavioral Health Resources News

September 12, 2019 – Honoring Aloha House Graduates

Aloha House Alumni Maui Fernandez
shares encouraging words with graduates.

Recent graduates from Aloha House residential substance abuse treatment program participated in a graduation ceremony held September 12th at Paia Community Center.

Graduates’ friends and family members joined the festivities to honor their loved ones’ accomplishments as graduates celebrated their successful completion of the program.  The ceremony recognized the 131 participants who completed the program between December 10, 2018 and July 10, 2019.

Retired Second Circuit Court Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza served as key note speaker. He left the graduates with two words to remember to ensure their success: “Practice and hope. Practice the things they taught you, and never give up hope,” said Judge Cardoza.

Maui Fernandez, a 1999 graduate of the program, also addressed the group, strongly encouraging them in their continued efforts to remain sober.  “Remember the steps they talk about in treatment. I still do those steps today to stay sober. And if I can do it, you can do it.”

The event included the presentation of graduation certificates to those in attendance and a dinner prepared by the Aloha House Residential Campus kitchen staff.

September 6, 2019 – Celebrating Recovery Month

Pictured: Aloha House CEO Jud Cunningham,
Mayor Michael P. Victorino, Aloha House Residential Program Director Michele Navarro Ishiki, and the Honorable Judge Joseph E. Cardoza.

Maui County Mayor Michael P. Victorino declared September Recovery Month in Maui County as he offered a proclamation stating “mental health and substance abuse disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery.”

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. This year’s theme is Join the Forces of Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. The goal is to honor those who have done the work in recovery as well as those who provide the safe spaces allowing individuals to be able to recover.

The event in the Mayor’s office on September 6th was attended by Aloha House staff, board members, and other interested community members.

Pictured: Jud Cunningham, CEO Aloha House; Lisa Ponichtera, Director Malama Family Recovery Center; Mayor Michael Victorino; Michele Navarro Ishiki, Director Aloha House Residential Program; Judge Joseph E. Cardoza; Nicole Hokoana, COO Aloha House; Lisa  Swoveland, Program Coordinator Malama Family Recovery Center.

March 18, 2019 — Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro Performs at Aloha House

Jake Shimabukuro

On March 16, 2019, world-renowned ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro visited Aloha House to share his music with clients in the nonprofit’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program in Makawao. Aloha House promotes recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha. (more…)

March 15, 2019 — HMSA Foundation Supports Pilot Nutritional Therapy Program at Malama

Alive & Well General Manager Michael Ray with Jenifer Daruty, the Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner leading the Pilot Program. Alive & Well is supporting the project by offering Malama clients a discount on dietary supplements

Thanks to a $10,590 grant from the HMSA Foundation, local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center recently launched a Pilot Nutritional Therapy Program. Malama provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives. It is the only women-specific addiction treatment center on Maui and the only place on the island where babies and young children can live with their mothers while they get help. (more…)

March 12, 2019 — Maui Youth & Family Services to Host Free Event for Maui Teens on April 6

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Maui Youth & Family Services, with funding from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation, will host a free event for Maui youth ages 12-18 called ‘The Gift of You.’ There will be live music, cultural activities, inspirational speakers, free food, interactive booths from various community groups, games and giveaways, including a chance to win an iPad. Confirmed speakers/entertainers include Olympic volleyball athlete Annette Lynch, world-renowned ukulele player Derick Sebastian and Hawaii’s reggae ambassador and Maui favorite Marty Dread.

“This will be one of the most exciting events for Maui teens this year,” said ‘The Gift of You’ Chair and Arbonne International Executive National Vice President, Autumn Shields. “We are excited to celebrate the youth attendees and help them discover their gifts, abilities, talents and strengths. We want each and every one of them to feel special and get excited about doing productive and positive things in their lives.” The event will go from 10am-2pm in the student lounge of the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pilina Building, in Kahului.


For more information, contact Autumn at 720-394-7058 or visit