Hui Pono, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

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 & 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.

The Benefits

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

  1. Reduce the risk of heart-related events
  2. Decrease the frequency and severity of chest discomfort
  3. Lower the likelihood of future surgery
  4. Lessen dependence on medications
  5. Lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and bring about weight loss
  6. 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.

We are well underway with building our Ornish team and creating a conducive space for healing on the ground floor of our hospital. For questions about the program, call 932–3455.  For more information on the Ornish Lifestyle Program, go to: or click on our Ornish Info sheet and Referral sheet.