Hawaii Diet Cookbook 2013 (spiral-
Terry T. Shintani, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
The Hawaii Health Program was conceived in part as
a response to the high rates of death from chronic
diet-and-lifestyle-related diseases among the Native
Hawaiians. In many parts of the Native Hawaiian
community, there is great poverty from a material
perspective. But the people there are also blessed
with a great wealth from a spiritual and cultural
perspective. The material poverty sets the stage for
poor health. If nurtured properly, spiritual and
cultural strength may set the stage for the recovery
of good health if applied properly.
To get a better idea of the spiritual and cultural
perspective on health, I spoke to the elders and some of
them were considered "Kahuna". The term kahuna
literally means "keeper of the secret". Kahu means
keeper and huna means secret. In general, it means
"expert" or "professional". But in other circles, it means
"Shaman" or "Healer". Legend has it that they could
perform healing miracles.
While the kahuna held many secrets of these miracles,
in my view, for today's health crisis, the "real secret" was
in the basic principles of the way they looked at health.
I've explained five of the principles in chapter 3 of this
book along with a sixth concept that foreshadows an
ancient prophesy of Hawaii as a World Center for health.
If you apply these principles to your life, there is great
potential for healing your body, mind and spirit.
The success of the Hawaii Health Program is an
example of the realization of some of this potential. I
designed a health program based on these principles to
reverse the obesity and chronic diseases in the
Hawaiian community. We turned peoples health around -
even those with very difficult health problems. People
lost weight even though they ate more food. We got
people's blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol's
down. We took many people off at least some if not all
The program was so successful that it was published in
scientific journals and won the highest national award
from the US Secretary of health. As a result of the
success of the program, we were featured in Newsweek
and the Encyclopedia Britannica. Because of the
dramatic improvement of the participants' health, and
because of the ease with which most of them achieved
weight loss, I have since received requests for the diet
program from all over the world.
To be consistent with the Hawaiian spirit of aloha (which
means universal, unconditional love that embraces all
people), from the beginning, the program was intended
to include people from all cultural backgrounds and to
utilize foods and traditional cuisine from these diverse
and delicious cultural backgrounds. I have been using
these principles in private practice with people of all
ethnic groups, with the same excellent results. This is a
program that could be used and enjoyed by anybody,
anywhere in the world.
It is called the "Hawaii Health Program" and the
"HawaiiDiet™" in honor of the region where it was born,
and also because of the spirit of the Hawaiian people.
Their ancient wisdom embraces universal concepts
common to traditional cultures from all over the world
and, can provide you with a road map to your own ideal
body weight and ideal health. If enough people become
healthy based on these principles they can become the
building blocks of world health.
The Secret Prophecy
In doing so, you may become a part of the fulfilment of
an ancient prophecy. Ancient healers in Hawaii and from
elsewhere have felt a special spirituality in Hawaii. There
is a healing spirit in Hawaii found in few other places.
From the keepers of the secret, it is told that there is an
ancient prophecy that Hawaii would become a world
centre for health. When you read the explanation of the
word "Hawaii" in this book, you will see a glimpse of this
in the word itself.
I invite you to use this book to apply the timeless
principles of health embodied in traditional Hawaiian
concepts through your diet and lifestyle and make them
your own, at least in terms of your diet and lifestyle and
strive to apply them to other aspects of your life. It is an
important first step to healing ourselves, and healing the
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Hawaii Diet Cookbook 2013