HAWAII WELLNESS INSTITUTE

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Education, Health, Human Services

Location: 3670 Kalihi Street Honolulu HI 96819 USA

Mission: HWI offers affordable and convenient learning experiences that encourage people to cultivate healthy and balanced perspectives that reflect the traditional Asian-Pacific approach of living in harmonious alignment with one’s values, with nature, and with one another.  HWI’s programs promote:  fulfillment of personal potential; professional skill enhancement; increased productivity; introspection; rejuvenation; creativity; peace of mind.  HWI offers a counselor training program, individual counseling, and programs for organizations.
Target demographics: Women of all ages
Geographic areas served: Hawaii and Beyond

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I met Sunny over 9 years ago. I first saw her as a client receiving counseling and later as a student in her Counselor/Motivational Coaching Training. Her nurturing and straight forward approach gave some real tangible skills to help redirect my energies and help change my life both personally and professionally. Since then she has become a real friend and a valued Mentor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. It has enriched my own experience as a coach and teacher.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Aloha, My first experience with Sunny was when I met her at a Women's Health Expo several years ago. I was so encouraged by the fact that there was such an organization as HWI! A few years later, I met Sunny again while she was providing training to a new group of Hospice volunteers which I was with. Her training and coaching was both amazing and empowering! Finally, I signed up to take the Certified Wellness Counselor course in 2007. What a huge asset Sunny's training has been to me! I use these skills in so many different areas of my life, it is just wonderful! When I volunteer to provide Reiki services to residents of a nursing home, hospice and rehab center, the CWC way of re-framing, has helped me tremendously to provide my services with extra ease. I sometimes watch an almost instant transformation and a glimmer of light in other people's eyes as I go through the steps which Sunny taught us help our "clients" to feel empowered. I even have found these skills to be very helpful when dealing with the general public, whether it be at the grocery store or dealing with a customer service situation at a business. Of course, my family and friends appreciate the way I have learned how to be a better listener and once again, re-frame as appropriate. In closing, I am very grateful for the extreme dedication and hard work which both Sunny and Roshani have put into this organization. They are extremely accessible and have always offered to help whenever I have reached out to them. -Dawn Gold

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

them offering great support as I was dealing with the challenges with my teen. Both Sunny and Roshani offered guidance and assistance. They truly helped me to realize that I wasn't alone during a couple of very bleak periods with my daughter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Sunny Massad encouraged and guided me to rediscover the power within me to overcome challenges in a way that was insightful, uplifting and just plain fun. She seeks to empower women to become the best they can possibly be, with an iron fist encased in a velvet glove. She cut me no slack, made which is what made her so effective in my life, and helped me to stretch beyond the boundaries I had set for myself to create a new (and greatly expanded) comfort zone. In short, she moves people to take responsibility for helping themselves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ways in which I deal with people and situations in both my personal and professional lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I participated in a one-day intensive workshop where I was able to openly discuss what I want to do and how I want to feel in the future, and how to get there. I've read a lot of self-improvement blogs and books and Sunny's approach, to me, seems the most clear and natural way to achieve my goals. It was eye-opening and I'm grateful there are people like Sunny and Roshani on Oahu. They also put out short, inspirational videos that are helpful. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Dr. Sunny Masaad and Dr. Roshani Shay of the Hawaii Wellness Institute provide services and training that help women, and men, transform their lives. They are warm, practical, and have a great sense of living life with fun - which helps clients, volunteers, and our community of women in a safe, nurturing environment. The Hawaii Wellness Institute, Sunny and Roshani make a positive difference in my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Hawaii Wellness Institute, Sunny and Roshani make a positive difference in my life. I successfully used the counseling techniques and other life tools in my corporate work and personal interactions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Every one encounters stressful times in their lives where counseling can help. But the Psychology field, at present, focuses on the pathology of a patient/client as evidenced by the intake form required in order to be seen by those professionals. Those with significant mental health issues need that kind of focus. However, there are many that do not. Sunny Massad and the Hawaii Wellness Institute have revolutionized the counseling industry. The approach of Sunny Massad and The Hawaii Wellness Institute is to guide the client to a place of empowerment by going beyond the pain / issues at hand and moving into action toward a positive outcome. In this veery difficult economic climate I have used the tools I received from The Hawaii Wellness Institute to keep centered, on task, and confident. The training I received at the Hawaii Wellness Institute changed my whole career direction and motivated me to open Beating Heart House, a transition house for women seeking weight and eating disorder recovery. I whole heartedly support listing The Hawaii Wellness Institute as one of the Top-Rated Non-Profits serving and empowering women. MeleLani LLanes, RDCS, CWC, ACG Owner, Beating Heart House Makakilo, Hawaii beatingheartllc.com

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My new career direction

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Hawaii Wellness Center, directed by 2 visionaries, Dr. Sunny Massad and Dr. Roshani Shay for Women's issues, healing and balance in this over scheduled, hectic, chaotic world we live in. They are truly angels on earth extending their open arms and hearts to help make this world a better place, touching one person at a time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life. The Hawaii Wellness Center has so much to offer women in terms of how to be a leader of your life, how to counsel yourself, how to be centered in a chaotic world. The Hawaii Wellness Center offers women guidance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what the organizaton stands for, healing!!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, loving and gracious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch more people.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

There is a specialness to the Hawaii Wellness Institute and its key personnel, Dr. Sunny Massad and Dr. Roshani Shay, that comes through in their deep understanding of the human experience. Through their workshops, I was able to gain some often times profound insights about myself and my world that ultimately empowered me to live this wonderful life I have now.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their workshops for personal growth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the workshops and compassionate staff. Plus Dr. Massad is a hoot! She's such a great communicator that I didn't want the workshop to end.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable in their material and topic and was presented in a very clear and concise manner. This made learning easy and very enjoyable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

In working with Sunny Massad and Roshani Shay I saw first hand the huge differences they and HWI made in individuals lives. Two more committed people are difficult to find. As a result of my close association with them, I have referred friends and clients to their Institue and witnessed such positive transformations. I wholehearted support HWI and their mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As soon as Sunny Massad learned of my current challenge, she immediately took action and rallied the "troops".

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The incredible people who have been drawn to Hawaii Wellness Institute are a reflection of the amazing impact they have to bring about positive healthy changes in people's lives

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, friendly, supportive and totally commited to Hawaii Wellness Institute and its mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out beyond Oahu, Hawaii to positively impact people on a global scale. It could purchase the amazing location in where it operates and set up an endowment to stablize its future. Scholarships could also be created.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Hawaii Wellness Institute is a great resource for personal growth and development support and guidance. Sunny Massad and the staff are professional and have created a beautiful and nurturing environment with quality programs to learn from.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal development as it relates to professional growth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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