Student Health and Wellness Programs

Student Health and Wellness Programs

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About Us

Student Health and Wellness Programs (SHWP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo provides systems of holistic care that integrate education and prevention efforts with medical and mental health services, programs, and activities. One of our goals and we strive to promote is based on the eight dimesions of well-being which includes social, physical, mental, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, and financial. The eight dimensions of well-being are essential because they address many facets of a person's life and promotes overall health and balance.

Eight circles, each containing a dimension of wellness:  Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, Social


Our multidisciplinary team of professionals embraces a holistic and collaborative approach to medical, counseling, and prevention services by offering excellent, accessible, and affordable care with respect and compassion to students and the university community.


UH Hilo’s Student Health and Wellness Program, a beacon to the UH campus and surrounding community, will be an evidence-based model of excellence designed to support UH Hilo students’ pursuit of their academic and life goals.



which is in evidence when we:

  • Hold all information shared in strict confidence.
  • Empower students to become full participants in maintaining and enhancing their well-being.


which is in evidence when we:

  • Provide compassionate, empathetic and caring medical, mental health, and preventative services designed to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic campus community.
  • Provide personalized and integrated medical, counseling and prevention services based on contemporary standards of care.


which is in evidence when we:

  • Work together with students and colleagues across the campus and community to facilitate student success.
  • Recognize the strengths and differences of each individual and acknowledge the professional expertise of different disciplines.

Social Justice

which is in evidence when we:

  • Affirm the equality of all persons and the value of their cultures, ideas, and beliefs.
  • Offer high quality services that are timely, accessible and affordable for all students.

Related Services and Programs

Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness

Valerie Yamaki

Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness; Lecturer, Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences

(808) 932-7748

Student Life Center, room 124

Meet the Student Staff

Sean Nicely

Aloha My name is Sean Nicely, I am from Aiea Oʻahu and I am a fourth year here at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and I am studying in Business with a focus in Management and a minor in Japanese Language. I am a student peer health educator here at the Student Life Center.

During my free time I like to play volleyball and listen to music and my favorite food is Sushi and I don't shy away from talking story and having a good conversation. If you see me around campus don’t be afraid to say "hello".

A few fun facts about me is I am a Disc Jockey at URH (University Radio Hilo), I've played volleyball for 15 years as a setter, my favorite color is Green, and I have a dog back home named Roxy.

Ian Scarth

Hi my name is Ian Scarth and I’m a Student Peer Health Educator at the Student Life Center. This job is different every day and offers diverse skill development. I’ve worked on event coordination, social media management, digital artwork, helping the Imua fitness classes run smoothly, and updating our website. I’m studying Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and working towards a Data Science Certificate. I also serve as a Senator-at-large for UHHSA, Vice President of the Political Science Club, and Member at-large for Robotics Club.

I’m from Idaho and most of my family lives here in Hawaiʻi, so this is home to me. I teach yoga at the SLC six days a week. I love playing music and singing with friends, free diving and scuba diving, hiking, surfing, and anything outside. I hope to see you at the beach or around campus! A hui hou!