Professor Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula

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Professor Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula

Professor Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula is Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is a National Institutes of Health funded investigator whose community-based participatory research (CBPR) involves developing sustainable community-placed health promotion programs to achieve cardiometabolic health equity for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. His research examines how biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors interplay to affect their risk for, and treatment of, diabetes and heart disease.

Among his various studies of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, he has examined the effects of depression on cigarette smoking and diabetes management; of racism on physiological stress indices, hypertension, and psychological distress; of acculturation on the risk for depression and diabetes. He is also a member of Halemua o Kūali‘i, a Hawaiian cultural group dedicated to the revitalization of traditional values and practices to build leaders in our Hawaiian communities.