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Hawaii Wellness Institute

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

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

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Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience with Hawaii Wellness Institute has been life changing. Years ago, in my early thirtys, I was constantly plagued with bad relationships poor self esteam and uncomfortable situations. I have learned to be the captain of my own ship. I am no longer a victim and understand clearly how to run my life. Now I pass those gifts onto my children who are growing into strong, responsible well adjusted adults.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I worked with Sunny a few years ago while engaged in a series of Living Consciously workshops. She was a supporter and presenter. I have heard her speak since then and am excited about the work she is doing. I believe it to be much needed and "right on." I sincerely believe that the facilitation of personal health as physical-psycho-emotional-spiritual beings, engaged in constant pursuit of wellness, wholeness, holiness, is the "way of the future." "way of the future," rather than simply "treating the patient".

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time working with Dr. Sunny Massad at the Hawaii Wellness Institute. I felt VERY empowered after reading her book and learning from her first hand. I would recommend all women to join the Hawaii Wellness Institute and empower their lives TODAY!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the most empowering resources available today. Sunny Massad an amazingly present, perceptive and intuitive woman. Roshani Shay the Executive Director provides support in getting their word out : Inspiring women and transforming lives!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had to opportunity to hear the wisdom shared by Sunny Masad. I am grateful for empowered women of the Hawaii Wellness Institute and the knowledge and motivation they have to spread wellness to the women of Hawaii.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being notified of the powerful workshops that are often available in Hawaii by Hawaii Wellness Institute has been invaluable in constantly up grading my own thoughts and outreach for my own Non Profit All Our Children Together. Hawaii Wellness Institute is a wonderful resource for us here in Hawaii and everyone I know is very greatful for the dedication and constant work of the folks at the core of this dedicated group of women,,, without their commitment Hawaii would be missing a big and very important resource.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so amazed and thankful for the Retreats that I have been able to participate in. It opened many learning experiences for me that I would not have had the opportunity to find out on my own. I cherish the experiences I had with Hawaii Wellness Institute, and use what I have learned all the time! The tight organization using donor funds in a most efficient way is very refreshing also in this day and age. Hawaii Wellness Institute is so important and I am thankful that I discovered that/them! Karen Hofstad