Ai Pono Hawaii

Treatment Center, PhD

Verified by Psychology Today
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Ai Pono Hawaii

Treatment Center, PhD

Verified by Psychology Today

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Evidence-based Holistic Eating Disorder Treatment

At 'Ai Pono Maui Residential Treatment Center, we offer evidence-based, trauma-informed holistic eating disorder treatment in a peaceful home-like setting with picturesque views of the ocean (just footsteps away), mountains, and lush gardens. Our treatment center was designed to reflect and complement its surroundings - creating a peaceful, relaxing environment that will help women connect to their inner selves while on their journey towards recovery. We also offer a Partial Hospitalization (Day) Program in Maui and a Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program accessible to all residents of Hawaii.

Anita Johnston, Ph.D.

'Ai Pono Hawaii is under the clinical leadership of Dr. Anita Johnston, Ph.D., CEDS, author of Eating in the Light of the Moon. Dr. Johnston has been treating eating disorders for over 35 years. She founded the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii in 1982 and the 'Ai Pono Intensive Eating Disorder Program on Oahu in 2001. In 1986, she developed Hawaii's first inpatient eating disorders program at Kahi Mohala Hospital.


We recognize that eating disorders are complex problems with emotional, nutritional, and biochemical components, but we do not view women who struggle with these problems as irreparably damaged. Rather, we see them as highly intuitive, sensitive beings who developed an obsession with food, fat, and dieting as a way of coping with social and psychological stress. We see the recovery process as a journey towards self-awareness. "When a woman enters the labyrinth of recovery, she follows a twisting, winding path to her center. Finding a sense of who she is as a woman, she exits with a new way of being in the world."
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Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aloha Care
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna and Evernorth
  • Hawaii Medical Assurance Association
  • Hawaii Medical Services Association
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Ohana Health Plan
  • Optum
  • Quest
  • TriWest
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
  • Out of Network
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  • Years in Practice: 40 Years
  • License: Hawaii / PSY-233
  • Year Graduated: 1980

Additional Credentials

  • License No. and State: The Joint Commission
  • License No. and State: State of Hawaii Department of Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Queer Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Veterans

Programs and Services

Treatment Programs
  • Adult Residential
  • Eating Disorder
  • Outdoor Therapy
  • Residential Inpatient
  • Small Residential Programs
  • Teens & Adolescent Residential
  • Young Adult Residential
Out / Inpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Long Term (>30 Days) Residential

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dance Movement Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group


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Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021
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Ai Pono Hawaii

Treatment Center, PhD