Joseph Keaweaimoku Kaholokula, PhD

Joseph Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, PhD

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Full Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Professor and Chair, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

PhD, MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Postdoctoral Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship
Department of Psychology, Tripler Army Medical Center

Research Focus

Dr. Kaholokula's research involves developing community-based and culturally relevant health promotion programs to address diabetes and cardiovascular disease inequities in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders using community-based participatory research approaches. His research also examines how biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural factors interplay to affect their risk for and management of chronic diseases. He serves on several community boards of organizations with a mission to improve Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health and is co-Chair for the Native Hawaiian Health Task Force. He is also a member of Hale Mua o Kūali'i, a Hawaiian cultural group dedicated to the revitalization of traditional values and practices.

Selected Publications

Kaholokula JK, Look M, Mabellos T, Zhang G, de Silva M, Yoshimura S, Solatoris C, Wills T, Seto TB, Sinclair KA. (2017). Cultural dance program improves hypertension management for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: A pilot randomized trial. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities, 4(1), 35-46.

Kaholokula JK, Wilson RE, Townsend CKM, Zhang G, Chen JJ, Yoshimura S, Dillard A, Yokota JW, Palakiko DM, Gamiao S, Hughes CK, Kekauoha BP, Mau MK. (2014). Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: The PILI 'Ohana Project. Transl Behav Med, 4(2), 149-159.

Kaholokula JK, Townsend CKM, Ige A, Sinclair KA, Mau MK, Leake A, Palakiko D-M, Yoshimura SR, Kekauoha P, Hughes C. (2013). Socio-demographic, behavioral, and biological variables related to weight loss in Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Obesity, 21, E196-E203.

Kaholokula JK, Stefan K, Mau MK, Nacapoy AH, Kingi TK, Grandinetti A. (2012). Association between perceived racism and physiological stress indices in Native Hawaiians. J Behav Med, 35(1), 27-37.

Kaholokula JK, Nacapoy AH, Grandinetti A, Chang HK. (2008). Association between acculturation modes and type 2 diabetes among Native Hawaiians. Diabetes Care, 31(4), 698-700.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

J. Kaholokula, Executor
Queen's Health Systems
"Ho'oulu Kukui: Growing the Next Generation of Clinicians and Scholars to Achieve Optimal Health Outcomes for the People of Hawaii"
07/01/15 – 06/30/20

J. Kaholokula, PI/mentor
"The KaHOLO Project: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Native Hawaiians (Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research)"
03/03/17 - 01/31/20

J. Kaholokula, PI
"The KaHOLO Project: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Native Hawaiians"
04/21/15 – 01/31/20

J. Kaholokula, UH subaward PI; Crespo, PI
"Enhancing Cross Disciplinary Infrastructure and Training at Oregon (EXITO) – UH Research Core"
09/26/14 – 06/30/19

J. Kahololokula, UH subaward PI; Crespo, PI
"Enhancing Cross Disciplinary Infrastructure and Training at Oregon (EXITO) – UH Administrative Core
09/26/14 – 06/30/19

J. Kaholokula, Core Leader on the Community Research Core; Hedges/Mokuau, PIs
"RCMI Multidisciplinary and Translational Research Infrastructure eXpansion Hawaii (RMATRIX-II)"
7/01/14 – 04/30/19

J. Kaholokula, UH subaward PI; Walters, PI
"Mahina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program"
01/01/14 – 11/30/18