For information on any of the following materials, please contact Mele Look at

Assessment & Priority of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples, 2020.

Assessment and Priorities for the Health and Well-Being in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (2020)

Ola Hou I Ka Hula: Hula for Hypertension Education Program

Ola Hou I Ka Hula heart health education materials. Three hour trainings divided into modules.

Facilitator Guide
Student Work Book

Akaʻula PSAs

The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research and Akaʻula School collaborated in the development of three public service announcements, which addresses the consequences of diabetes, or encourages active lifestyles and healthy eating.

First Place: “Malama Kou Kino”
Second Place: “My Friend has Diabetes”
Third Place: You Don’t Want to Get Diabetes”

Land, Food, and Health

Land, Food, and Health is a culturally tailored diabetes self-management education program for Native Hawaiians and Pacific People which also includes a gardening component.

Health Eating Lifestyles Program (HELP)

Lesson 1: Overview, Problem solving, goal setting
Lesson 2: Meal Planning HELP: Healthy Eating (Local Style)
Lesson 3: Health Maintenance
Lesson 4: Medications, Sick Day Travel Management
Lesson 5: Monitoring Blood Sugars

Malama Pu'uwai Nui

Malama Pu'uwai Nui is a culturally tailored heart education program with a focus on heart failure. Participants receive four heart health education modules.

Ha'awina 'Ekahi: Symptoms
Ha'awina 'Elua: Medication
Ha'awina 'Ekolu: Low Sodium Diet
Ha'awina 'Eha: Physical Activity & Emotions

Malama Pu'uwai Iki

Malama Pu'uwai Iki is an education program that consists of culturally developed material to be delivered to patients in a clinical setting. The material is based on Malama Pu’uwai Nui, and is a brochure given to patients with heart failure.

Malama Pu'uwai Iki brochure
Facilitator guide

Pacific Island Food Models

A comprehensive list of “local” and ethnic food models that complement Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander palates was compiled in April 2006 after an extensive review of commercially available food model products. The three on-line vendors featured in this list are NASCO, Replica Food Models, and Fake Foods, Inc. All of the information needed for ordering the listed food models is available in the document that can be viewed or downloaded below.

Island Food Models Resources List

Island Food Model Special Order Form and Nutrition Information

Food models are important tools for teaching proper nutrition and portion size; however, it is often quite difficult to find food models that complement the palates of our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the University of Hawai‘i formed an ad hoc committee consisting of community-based dieticians, nurses, community health workers, and others to address this need. After months of extensive review, discussion, and vendor evaluation, 10 island food items were selected for custom replication. All 10 of these island food models are now available for order directly from the vendor (see link below). The nutritional facts and portion size information for each of the items can also be downloaded here. Partial support for this project was provided by the HMSA Foundation.

Food Model Order Form
Food Model Note Cards

E-Resource List on Diabetes Education, Nutrition, and self-care for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Peoples

NHPI Diabetes E-Resource List

Diabetes 101 and Heart 101 Presentations

Diabetes 101 and Heart 101 are training seminars developed as foundational health education for community health workers, case managers, and peer counselors serving Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples. The five hour long seminars have been taught across Hawai‘i and the continental United States to over twenty organizations and 400 participants. The seminars were developed using health communication, cultural learning theories, and teaching strategies relevant to Pacific Peoples. More information about the seminars can be found in an article by Look et al., (2008) which can be found here.

The Powerpoint presentations used to guide the seminar are available for review and printing below. Please note these presentations have not been designed for patient self-management training; rather, they are intended to increase the understanding of community health workers and others about chronic diseases affecting Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations.

All Ulu Network member organizations and individuals who have graduated from the seminars have access to presentation materials that may be edited through the password protected download. If others are interested in obtaining these downloading privileges, please send an email request to

A review analyzing the scope and effectiveness of both the Heart 101 and Diabetes 101 trainings have been conducted and can be found here.

Diabetes 101 Resources

Module 1 D101: Introduction to Diabetes
Module 2 D101: Improving the Health and Wellness of People with Diabetes
Module 3 D101: Successful Strategies for Caring for a Client with Diabetes
Module 4 D101: I Have Diabetes
Diabetes 101 Review: Diabetes Training for Community Health Workers Serving Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples

Heart 101 Resources

Module 1 H101: Introduction to the Cardiovascular System
and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
Module 2 H101: Types of Cardiovascular Disease and Their Treatments
Module 3 H101: Successful Strategies for Caring for a Client with Cardiovascular Disease
Heart 101 Review: Cardiovascular Health Training for Community Health Workers Serving Native Hawaiians

Cardiometabolic Health Education Materials

These brochures were created by the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research and Ulu Network members. Please feel free to download for personal or professional use.

Diabetes Booklet Brochure
Diabetes Nah No Need Brochure
Mahaki Ko e Suka´ (Tongan Language Diabetes Education Brochure)
O le Ma’i O le Suka (Samoan Language Diabetes Education Brochure)
The Pacific Diabetes Education Project and Ulu Network member Papa Ola Lokahi have developed excellent cardiometabolic health educational materials including in-language brochures. Their resources can be downloaded from the “PDEP Materials” section under the “resources” tab at:
A dietary and portion guide using Hawai‘i’s food preferences cleverly using a “local plate” was developed by the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Initiative and can be found at: