Hawaii Diet Cookbook 2013 (updated2) by Dr.Terry Shintani
In addition to being consistent with
modern science, the HawaiiDiet™ is
guided by universal values as
embodied in traditional Hawaiian
If we could regain the simple understanding of spirit
and nature which was common to our ancestors,
we would once again be able to solve the
devastating epidemic of chronic diseases which kill
most of us.
In the modern, developed world, these major killer
diseases are linked to diet and lifestyle.
Unfortunately, our diets and lifestyles have
significantly changed since ancient times.
Hawaii has become a place where people
come for healing. The word "Hawai'i" translated to
English means, "the breath (ha) and water (wai) of
life from God (i)" — a perfect formula for health.
2. Lokahi: "Oneness, unity"
The central principle to understand is lokahi.
Lokahi literally means "consensus." From a
health perspective it means "harmony,"
"oneness," "wholeness" and that "all things are
connected." In the deepest sense, lokahi
means that "we are connected to everyone
and everything —whether person, land, or the
If we understand this principle, we begin
to understand the wisdom of the ages.
For example, if we understand lokahi, we
will realize through the principle of lokahi,
we are connected to that food.
The concept of lokahi when applied to diet gives us
one of the most fundamental principles of the
In the HawaiiDiet™, the food table described as a
"Food Mass Index" (SMI or EMI) helps us select foods
that would be more whole.
From the perspective of health, it means that if we
establish pono or "righteousness" in relation to the
laws of the universe that govern our health, disease
will disappear and health will be restored. This
includes eating the right foods, thinking the right
thoughts, and doing the right things, always with
aloha in our hearts and always mindful of the gifts
of life and health that God has given us.
For example, in America, we center our diet on
animal products. What is considered our "main
dish" is beef, pork, chicken, fish, or other flesh foods.
The traditional ways of eating were always
centered on a starchy staple product that served
as the principal food and an abundance of
If we eat and live in harmony with our environment
according to the traditional cultural ways of our
ancestors, health returns. This is why the
HawaiiDiet™ is based on traditional cultural ways
The common meaning of aloha is the well known
salutation of "hello," "goodbye," or "love." In a deeper
sense it means "universal love" — the love for everyone
and the embracing of all people, creatures, and things.
Universal love permeates the fundamental spirit of
Hawaiian culture. I prefer to call it a cultural "tossed
salad," where the blend works well and creates a
delightful mix of flavors, yet each individual cultural
flavor remains unique.
If we make these principles a part of our lives and
optimize our health based on the application of these
principles, we may undergo an inner transformation.
Mana means life force or spiritual energy in people
Once again this is a universal concept found in the
great civilizations of the world. In China, it was
called "chi." In Japan, it was called "ki." In India, it
was called "prana," and in the Christian religion it
was simply the "spirit of God in all people and
For example: in Hawaiian tradition, if you offered
food to a passing stranger, you were in fact
offering food to the spirit of God within that person.
If we regain the understanding that the ancient
Hawaiians possessed of the nature of the
universe, we would see the answer to many
difficult problems that afflict our society today.
'Ano 'ano literally means "seed." In the Hawaii-
Diet™, there are several underlying meanings to
this word. When used to refer to the ancient
creation myths, it means "the seed of all things."
In most Hawaiian teaching, this concept describes
a method used by some kahunas, or priests, to help
create a reality by planting a seed of thought in
one's mind and nurturing it into physical reality. It is
similar to what we could now call visualization.
If we are to achieve anything of true value in this
world, we must first be sure that the plan is pono or
"righteous" in the Lord's eyes.
Sit quietly and search your soul, see truly what it is
you desire, then make sure it is in harmony with
God's plan. Pray, and if it is in God's plan, He will
give you what you ask.
Ask for guidance to ensure that what you want is
good for all involved.
State clearly in detail the condition that you want
with words, numbers, data. Be specific about what
See this end result in full detail with color, sound
and action. Remember, ". . . faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen." [Hebrews 11:1]
Feel what it will be like to have this desired result
come to fruition.
Do not tell others about the seed you have planted
fruition. It is enough that God knows.
Pray for the results each day with the words you
have chosen and give gratitude as you see and
feel this result as already accomplished.
These seven steps are powerful. Knowing how to
make them work is a great responsibility and it must
only be used with the understanding of the
principles described above: lokahi, "we are all
connected"; pono, "we must exercise these powers
with righteousness"; aloha, "we must do this work
with universal love"; and mana, "there is an unseen
life force, i.e., the spirit of God in everything."
Most of all, we must exercise these seven
steps to further worthy objectives that fall
within God's plan, for in the end all else is
Hawaii Diet Cookbook 2013 (updated2)