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Learn about Olakino & our team!


What is Olakino?

Olakino is a Hawaiian word that refers the health and vitality of the body. The word 'ola' means life and health, while 'kino' means body. Olakino beautifully brings together healthy living through physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Practicing Olakino involves taking care of oneself in all aspects of life – from eating a nutritious diet and staying physically active, to managing stress, getting enough sleep and fostering positive relationships with others.


By following the principles of Olakino, individuals can improve their physical health, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Regular exercise and a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight, strengthen muscles and bones and boost the immune system. Managing stress and getting enough sleep will also improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and other negative emotions. Social connections are also an important component of Olakino.

Olakino is our philosophy.

Many modern medical practices, including medications, have led to an increase in lifespan. However, these treatments are often prescribed as a reaction to the unhealthful behaviors that have consumed our lives for years. Olakino Center for Lifestyle Medicine approaches health differently. Our goal is to not only help people understand the benefits of a healthier lifestyle but also provide the tools and education to enable change. Together, we’ll work to improve your health using increased activity, cleaner nutrition, better sleep, stress management, positive social connections, and avoiding toxins.


Meet the team


Sarah Canyon, MD, PhD.

Physician + Founder

Dr. Canyon started her journey in healthcare when she graduated from the University of Western Australia with Honors in Medicine. She began her training in Internal Medicine and over the years she worked in many rural and outer urban Australian hospitals in Internal Medicine and Emergency medicine. Dr. Canyon moved to Kailua in 2012 and continued training in Family Medicine through the University of Hawai’i Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Canyon has maintained her clinical skills in rural Emergency Medicine, In-Patient Medicine and Hospice and is credentialed with the Hawaii Emergency Physician Associates (HEPA) and Mid-pacific Hospitalists. She provides assistance as Medical Director to Navian Hospice (previously Hospice Hawaii) when needed.

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Amanda McFarland

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

For over 21 years, Amanda McFarland has inspired thousands of people to live their best, healthy life. “Food is Medicine” and “Consistency and Preparation” are her nutrition ethos. Her specialties include obesity, diabetes, PCOS, and sports nutrition – but Amanda also fosters a passion for gut health and fiber!



Office Receptionist

For scheduling and messaging, Cora is your first point of contact – she expertly manages appointments and phone calls. When needed, you can count on her to go the extra mile in caring for our patients. When not at work, she can be found snorkeling or walking Maui, our office puppy.



Office Helper    

Maui is a source of endless smiles and cuteness. You might catch a glimpse of this sweet toy labradoodle behind the reception desk when you enter the clinic.

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