WHAT DOES 'LOKAHI' MEAN?
Lokahi is a Hawaiian word that means harmony and balance. It's not as simple as 'Yin-Yang'. There may be many people or things that come together in a lokahi. Some might actually conflict; but one cannot defeat the other. Each thing can remain itself. They don't need to become or think the same, or even find a consensus.


THE spirit of aloha:

The literal meaning of aloha is "the presence of breath" or "the breath of life". It comes from "Alo", meaning presence, front and face, and "ha", meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others.


THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TURTLE IN THE LTC LOGO:

The turtle is an important symbol of many indigenous cultures all over the world. Found in petroglyphs and cave carvings throughout the ages, the turtle has an impact on the Earth. In fact, the turtle is a metaphor for the Earth itself, carrying all of humanity on its back, the turtle is said to have brought humanity forth. It is the symbol of longevity, endurance, peace, humility, and the spirit within.



  • We believe in a holistic approach to restore harmony and unity to the individuals, families, and communities that we serve.

  • We believe in the highest level of care, while respecting cultural values.

  • We believe in outreach and assessment of community needs; and advocacy for the provision of those needs.

  • We believe in strength-based and client centered treatment supported by linkages and referrals to other community-based resources and agencies for continued recovery.

  • We believe in a non-judgmental approach with compassion, respect and dignity.

LTC GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Dr. Jamal F. Wasan, Ph.D, MPA, LMHC, DOT/SAP, CSAC



Chief Executive Officer/President

Dr. Jamal F. Wasan


Secretary

Donna Guerpo


Treasurer

Regina Jardine


Board Member

Nani Svendsen


Board Member

Leslie Bell


Board Member

Floyd Souza




Mission

To provide the highest quality mental health and substance abuse treatment services that are culturally appropriate to Hawai'i Island adults, adolescents, and children.


VISION

We envision all of Hawai'i's adults, adolescents, and children to have optimal physical and mental health; where mental health, substance abuse, dependency, and addiction are recognized as health issues; and where stigma and other barriers to recovery are eliminated.

LTC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lokahi’s ultimate goal is to help those in emotional pain find relief from their suffering and realize their ability to accomplish miracles.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR c.E.O.

hILO OFFICE

Cory Causey, CSAC  |  Clinical Supervisor

Ashley Prudencio  |  Office Manager (P/T - Evenings)

Ashley Steele  |  Site Administrator

​​​Myan Isa, SAC  |  Medical Authorization Specialist

Russell Hamilton, AA, SAC  |  Counselor

Carla Silva, AA, SAC |  Counselor

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Organizational History

LTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Jamal Wasan, Ph.D, MPA, LMHC, DOT/SAP, CSAC.


When the crystal methamphetamine epidemic escalated on the Big Island of Hawai'i in the late 1990's, Dr. Wasan responded by founding the Waikoloa Community-Based Substance Abuse Rehabilitation and Recovery Program, which is known today as Lokahi Treatment Centers.


Dr. Wasan quickly learned that drug abuse was not an isolated problem and expanded LTC services to create an integrated model to address related mental health and anger issues. Today, LTC provides services island-wide and has offices in Hilo, Honoka'a, Kailua-Kona, Kohala, Pahoa and Waikoloa.


 Pahoa Office

​​Josephine Volpe, MA, SAC  |  Counselor

Kimi Palacio, BA  |  QA/Compliance & Grants/Contracts Officer

Patrick Hesser, BA, SAC  |  Counselor

Selena Dye, BA  |  Site Administrator


 Kohala OFFICE

Verna Chartrand, CSAC  |  Counselor


 Waikoloa OFFICE (corporate)

Donna Guerpo  |  Human Resources Officer

Sandra Hose  |  Site Administrator


All Offices

Dr. Jamal F. Wasan, Ph.D, MPA, LMHC, DOT/SAP, CSAC

Chief Executive Officer & Clinical Director


Dr. Andrew Bisset, M.D.  |  Medical Director


 Honoka'a OFFICE

Regina Jardine, AA  |  Billing Clerk

Brenda Case Resendiz, CSAC  |  Counselor

Kylah Sugiyama  |  Assistant Billing Clerk


KAILUA-KONA OFFICE

John Cerra, CSAC, DOT/SAP  |  Clinical Coordinator

Verna Chartrand, CSAC  |  Counselor (Mon/Wed/Fri)

Donna Volkoff  |  Site Administrator

Kendale Limahai, SAC  |  Counselor


LTC STAFF MEMBERS

" E KOMO MAI, NOU KA HALE "

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