University Health Services
Health Promotion Program
Lōkahi Program
2600 Campus Road,
QLCSS Rm. 313-D
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Phone: (808) 956-3574
Fax: (808) 956-6371


Lōkahi Program

The Lōkahi Program is a service-learning peer education program provided by the University Health Services Health Promotion Program. The program is based on the Hawaiian concept of Lōkahi, which speaks of balance, harmony and unity for the self in relationship to the body, the mind, the spirit and the rest of the world.

The program teaches students about healthy lifestyles and principles of health promotion. It also trains students to develop and participate in health promotion presentations and activities on campus. (See list of service-learning events below.)

The Lōkahi Program provides classroom presentations on important college health issues. (See list of presentations offered below.) Each presentation consists of an information update component followed by interactive activities that promote skill building healthy decision-making.

* Model developed and borrowed from educators at Kamehameha Schools.
** The Lōkahi Program is affiliated with Campus Compact Learn and Serve.


The Lōkahi Program seeks to promote the health and well being of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa community by providing presentations around important college health issues. The program provides presentations for the classroom as well as residence hall settings. Because peer educators are especially effective at increasing students' awareness of important health issues, the Lōkahi Program trains peer educators to facilitate the presentations. These peer educators are comprised of graduate and undergraduate students from various field of study. Our mission is to support students by sharing knowledge and skills that help them live healthy lifestyles. The Lōkahi Program is able to tailor presentations to fit the focus of your class!


  • Sexual Health - Emphasizes responsible and healthy sexuality. Provides strategies for avoiding risky behaviors and basic knowledge about preventing HIV, other STD's, and pregnancy.
  • Health and Wellness - Emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle for college success. Discusses stress management techniques and creating and maintaining balance in one's life.
  • Healthy Body Image - Helps students focus on personal health and well-being rather than unrealistic goals for physical appearance. Provides an overview on eating disorders, the media's influence on body image, and tips to remain healthy.
  • W.I.S.H. (Why is Smoking Harmful) – Focuses on the health consequences of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. Reveals the role of the tobacco industry in promoting cigarettes. Explains the University's tobacco policy and provides information on smoking cessation.
  • P.A.R.T.Y. (Presentation on Alcohol and Other Drugs in the College Community) – Presents important information about alcohol and other drug use to college students in a dynamic and interactive way. Includes information about healthy decision-making and the consequences of high-risk behaviors.
  • Safe Date – Provides strategies on how to engage in healthy dating relationships. Emphasizes the influence of alcohol and other drugs in risky dating situations. Provides information on sexual assault prevention.


If you are interested in scheduling an outreach presentation for your class or student group, or if you have questions about the program, please contact us at 956-3574 or (Please give us at least two weeks notice when requesting presentations). In your presentation request email please include your name, course, location, how many individuals will be present, and contact information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Health Promotion Events

The Lōkahi Program organizes on-campuses health events as well as works in the community promoting health. If you would like to become a volunteer please email: or call our office at 956-3574.


  • Alcohol Awareness Week Fair
    The Alcohol Awareness Week Fair is part of a National Collegiate Health and Wellness week and is designed to encourage responsible drinking behaviors and is often tied in with Halloween.
  • Great American Smokeout (GAS)
    Held annually on the third Thursday in November, GAS is an event created by the American Cancer Society as a jump-off date to quit smoking. Here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the Health Promotion Office, Lōkahi Program coordinates a Great American Smokeout Health Fair with community and campus organizations. The fair provides information on tobacco, resources for cessation and general health promotion.
  • Condom Fair
    Held annually on or close to Valentine's Day. The Condom Fair seeks to promote a healthier lifestyle, through the appropriate and consistent use of condoms, healthy sexual decision-making, and good communication. The Lōkahi Program, with the help of numerous community and university organizations, aims to educate students about healthy relationships in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Safe Spring Break Fair
    The Safe Spring Break Fair is a wellness fair designed to promote participation in healthy, safe, and fun activities during spring break week.
  • Blood Drive
    Each semester the Lōkahi Program sponsors a blood drive on campus, collaborating with the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
  • Bone Marrow Registry Drive
    Every semester, the Lōkahi Program, in partnership with the Bone Marrow Hawaii Donor Registry, sponsors a bone marrow registry drive. By joining the registry, you could be the match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant and save a life!
  • On-going health fairs and events on campus
    The Lōkahi Program participates in health related events on campus as they arise.

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Service-Learning Courses

Listed below are courses that are taught, or co-taught by University Health Services-Health Promotion faculty. All of these courses include an extensive service-learning component which allows students to gain valuable experience in health promotion and community wellness.

Health Promotion faculty are also available to assist UH faculty members in incorporating service learning into their own course curriculum.

  • EDEP 411: Seminar in Contemporary Perspectives in Educational Psychology- Topic: Health and Wellness in Higher Education
    Instructor: Kristen Scholly, PhD., QLCSS 313D,

    An in-depth analysis of contemporary adolescent and young adult health issues from the theoretical and methodological perspectives of the education and public health fields. Students spend between 30-40 hours a semester participating in a variety of health promotion activities on campus including health fairs, classroom presentations, blood drives, and other community wellness events.

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