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Hui Pono, the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine at Hilo Medical Center

Hilo Medical Center is proud to offer Hui Pono, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

The first and only program that is scientifically proven to slow, stop, and even reverse the progression of heart disease. This Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program brings about its life-changing results by helping participants adopt and sustain lifestyle changes in four areas of their lives: what they eat; how active they are; how they respond to stress; and how much love and support they have in their lives. By optimizing these four elements, the program empowers them to minimize their reliance on medications, avoid future surgeries, and most importantly, re-take control of their health.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hui Pono, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine will remain closed until further notice.

The Benefits

Why enroll in the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program? Because of the results. The program is scientifically proven to:

  • Reduce the risk of heart-related events
  • Decrease the frequency and severity of chest discomfort
  • Lower the likelihood of future surgery
  • Lessen dependence on medications
  • Lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and bring about weight loss
  • Increase your capacity for exercise

Our participants are the living embodiment of these results; visit our participant progress page to hear their stories.

The Experience

Participants experience the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program within a small and consistent group of peers, all of whom share the common goal of reversing their heart disease and improving their well-being. Each group of participants is led by an unchanging team of clinicians, who—over the course of 72 hours—help participants reverse the progression of their heart disease.
Our participants are the living embodiment of these results; visit our testimonial page to hear their stories.

Who can be successful in the program?

Anyone. The question that we hear most often from potential participants is “Can I actually do it?” The answer, unequivocally, is yes. Our participants adhere to the program at an unprecedented 91% rate because once they enroll, they start feeling so much better, so quickly, that they cannot imagine returning to their old ways of living.

Prevention as well as Reversal

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine can help prevent heart disease as well as reverse it – which makes it a great treatment option for those with risk factors of heart disease (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity) and those with heart disease alike.

Four Key Program Elements

This proven, non-invasive program consists of 18, four-hour sessions focused on bringing about sustainable lifestyle changes in four equally weighted elements: personalized nutrition, exercise, love and support, and stress management.

Four elements of Ornish


The program has been so effective in undoing years of damage to the heart that Medicare and other insurers have made the decision to cover it under a new benefit category, Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation – making it the first program of its kind to receive this level of support. Qualifying criteria for the program includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction within the last 12 months (Heart Attack)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Current Stable Angina Pectoris (Chest Pain)
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (Balloon) or Coronary Stenting
  • Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant

The Scientific Foundation of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

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We can’t wait to work with you to take control of your heart disease.

To enroll or hear more about the program, call 932–3455 or email us at: For more information on the Ornish Lifestyle Program, go to:

Or, click on our Ornish Info sheet and Referral Form/MD Order. We can’t wait to work with you to take control of your heart disease.