Most recent testimonials from November 2017 graduates added . . .

Learning more about taking the natural path when you don't have the need to live longer was helpful.

Castle 11/2016


I didn't realize the classes would be so comprehensive.  It certainly covered everything you need to know (and more) about CKD.  I never realized what an important part kidneys play in our well being.  Must be pro-active in damage control.  No more kim chee, pizza, potato chips for me!!

You are doing such a great job in teaching all CKD patients  all there is to know about CKD.  I thoroughly enjoyed all classes.  Your sense of humor and wit made it a joy to learn all there is to know about CKD.  Excellent job!

Castle 11/2016

I enjoyed every session and learned enough to have a meaningful conversation with my doctor.  I was one of those that advocated living at all costs.  My perspective on how to live the balance of my life has changed because of these classes.  I'm 74 and want to live a good life, as well as a reasonably long one.  

The classes I enjoyed and had the most interest in was about living a good life and acknowledging the fact that we will all die. Many of our friends and relatives strongly advocate staying alive as long as possible.  However, as you say, knowing what your goals are for the time you have left is just as important.  Then the two values need to be in balance for you.  Perhaps a more focused and longer conversation on this topic should be developed into the classes.  

Thank you for an informative and enjoyable time.  Your presentations made the 2.5 hrs fly by.  Mahalo!

Castle 11/2016


Now I know I should think about my choices ahead of time so I can prepare for the future.  Thank you for the classes!  Maybe advertise about the class more so more patients and their families can attend to learn earlier.  The course throughout was great!

Castle 11/2016


Very interesting classes!  Very knowledgeable teacher!   Began making lifestyle changes with doctor and nutritionist.  Thank you very much!

Castle 11/2016


I gained the knowledge I needed about CKD to understand how my every day choices impact the future of my kidneys.  Definitely changed my perspective.  Pending dialysis seemed like a death sentence but with knowledge, we're no longer in the dark.  We have the power to extend our lives with CKD and the knowledge of what will make it worse.  But as you say sometimes that immediate gratification is worth it.  

Queens 11/2016


These classes have absolutely changed my perspectives, helped incredibly with my knowledge of how important my daily care is.  I want to thank you so much for the classes.  You have certainly helped to make me aware of how important and impactful the proper care of persons with kidney cisease is.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Queens 11/2016


More doctors and insurance companies should let their patients know about Aloha Kidney classes!  I have learned how to be PROACTIVE!  I wish my husband and I knew what we have learned earlier so that we could have prevented or at least forestalled his CKD.  

You are a natural born teacher.  You never preach, you truly teach!  Your self-deprecating humor, your easy stage presence, your alluding to your Chinese nature, your use/reference to local customs invite your audience to participate actively in your classes.  We are drawn in to discussions.  You make us feel that no questions we may ask is "stupid".  You constantly stress that the information you are dispensing is general in nature and that we need to discuss our concerns with our own doctors since every individual is different and his/her health concerns are specific to him/her.  We DO need to be responsible to take actions necessary to do what is best for ourselves and our health!  These classes are well named.  Aloha means LOVE.  You exemplify that emotion.  You are motivated to share your knowledge with us all.  You are doing more good through these classes, touching more lives by providing knowledge so many more people, so we can help ourselves everyday, than you did as a practicing nephrologist.  You truly love us, and we really appreciate you and LOVE you, Dr. Ramona Wong!

Queens 11/2016


I am more conscious of what I eat since attending these classes, asking as  you suggest "is it worth it?', and make a decision before I eat it.  I love the way you present your information - honesty and with a sense of humor.

Queens 11/2016


The information provided was valuable in understanding CKD and the choices available.  My outlook on life has changed from negative to positive after attending your classes and made me aware of the daily choices that could improve one's life.  The classes have given me confidence in asking questions of the doctor, who has not been too receptive to patient queries.  Class handouts have been extremely helpful as reference and guides in understanding CKD.  It would be helpful if some of the material could be highlighted in pamphlets and distributed to all CKD patients when they initially visit the doctor instead of after GFR has reached critical levels.  Thank you very much for the time spent developing the handouts and the weekly informative and motivational presentations.  

Queens 11/2016


This is my first health education class, and it was what I expected and more.  Having Dr. Wong and my family helped me understand the risks of CKD.  Being a diabetic, taking these classes opened my eyes and made me realize the changes I need to do to live a long healthy life.

Queens 11/2016


​Very comprehensive.  Thank you very much for educating me!  I feel more in control of my longevity now.  I know it's up to me.

Pali Momi 2/2017


Aloha Kidney classes increased my knowledge, gave me encouragement and hope for the future.  Now I can plan for the future and know that my choices today, impact my future.

Pali Momi 2/2017


I gained insight into importance of kidney function and choices in life.  I learned what I need to do to prolong my quality of life.  These classes need to be taught at the high school level.

Castle 2/2017


I never really paid much attention to my kidneys.  I took enough fluids, drank enough water but that was all!  I knew of natural sodium in fruits and veggies but knew nothing about body sodium or blood sodium.  I also learned and became keenly aware that we can love ourselves even with all of our faults.  

Very informative and filled with precious information.  Continue to do these classes to help improve the quality of life for those with CKD.

Recommend Aloha Kidney every 2 years after attending the first series. Recommend primary physicians encourage patients to attend, especially if lab test indicates changes.  

Queens 2/2017


Now I can understand blood test report better.  I can understand the importance of kidney function and will sure keep my eyes on my GFR number.  This is a great informative class series for the general older persons that are interested in maintaining their health.  A very worthwhile health education class series.  More general practice physicians should promote and encourage their patients to attend.  You have been doing a great service to the community.  Thank you.

Queens 2/2017

I got more than I expected out of theses classes.  Learned a lot how kidneys work, and causes of kidney failure.  I am glad that Dr. Na'ai recommended that I attend Aloha Kidney.  There was a lot to digest in the past 6 weeks, and what I learned will help me make good decisions.

​Castle 2/2017


Informative and entertaining presentations.  Dr Wong covered quite a bit of information in a simplified, easy to understand manner.  Now I am more informed, better informed to make lifestyle changes to slow the progression of kidney disease.  Tape your presentations and post on YouTube since schedules conflict sometimes and you have to miss a class.  MDs can also benefit from these classes, get a refresher course or be motivated to refer patients to a specialist who have more in-depth knowledge in this disease sooner than later.  I feel many doctors may be embarrassed to admit their knowledge deficiencies. 

​Pali Momi 3/2017


Everyone, no matter whether they have CKD or not, should take these classes!

Pali Moi 3/2017

Wonderful.  Perfect classes.  Mind blown.  A++*  Beautiful.  Made me realize what is in my food.

Pali Momi 3/2017


More knowledge = less fear, shows path

Pali Momi 3/2017


Sure wish I had attended these classes before my kidneys got unhealthy.  Just want to say Dr. Ramona Wong does a splendid job in these classes.  Only wish these classes could reach more people that don't have CKD.  More preventive.

Pali Momi 3/2017


Classes exceeded my expectations.  You should sell DVDs of the whole program. 

Pali Momi 3/2017

​Aloha Kidney

Our credentials

All Aloha Kidney classes are taught by a kidney specialist (nephrologist). CKD navigators are MDs or RNs, each with more than 20 years experience in caring for those with kidney disease.

CKD Navigation - by experienced RN or MD for:

  • Patients
  • Doctors
  • MD office staff
  • Hospital discharge planners
  • Dialysis units

Kidney Disease           Education if:

- Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or

- Excess urine protein, or

- Want to prevent CKD, or

- At risk for CKD due to obesity, diabetes, high BP, prior heart attack, stroke, PAD, prior acute kidney injury, stones, family with CKD, etc


 

I got much more than I could ever expect from these classes.  The education and knowledge now allows me to choose what actions to take, especially with food.  I can choose to stay away from less healthy processed, salty and other foods pushed by the food industry. We need more of these educational classes. CKD is/can be absolutely devastating  I will try my hardest to mitigate any possibility of CKD in my future.  

I believe more emphasis on the food industry's profit motive is important.  I loved what was mentioned in class and felt you had much more to say about this????

Our regulatory agencies are sometimes run by those in the industry whose main objective is profitability/stock value rather than consumer/public health.

Pali Momi 11/2016


I got much much more than I expected from these classes.  Before I thought I had to limit everything!!!  What was there to eat?  Very very helpful.  Wish I came to the class at an earlier stage.  

I was very pleased with this class series.  Ramona is excellent!!  Thinking of our comfort and making sure we are listening and understanding what she is teaching.  I wish she could be my kidney doctor.  She makes you feel comfortable to ask or say how you are really feeling.  I think this class is very helpful and informational.  Love that class was free!  It also made my husband start looking at ingredients and nutritional contents!!

Pali Momi 11/2016


Kidneys are organs that are not getting enough public attention.

Pali Momi 11/2016


Now I know what the kidney does and what CKD is.  Knowing what to expect gives me a peace of mind.  The classes made me realize how important kidney function is.  The classes are very informative.  They are also quite engaging.  I did not get sleepy at all.

Pali Momi 11/2016


I learned there's a lot that only I can do to protect the remainder of my kidney function that still works . . . help them last longer.

Pali Momi 11/2016


I want a little more in depth conversation on the food section.  Although we were advised to see a dietitian to develop an individualized plan, I would want more of a doctor's perspective, so basically more information from your perspective.  

This was a great series of classes.  It seems that there should be a second level course for many of us that will want more information, maybe a series just focused on food, especially for the caregivers?

Pali Momi 11/2016


I enjoyed all your classes.  Please continue to help people with your Aloha Kidney classes.  I wish we had classes such as yours 20 years ago.  Thank you  very much for your hard work in developing this program.  Much aloha.

Pali Momi 11/2016


I learned it is my choice and responsibility to discuss with my doctor, where my health concerns are and how to protect my kidney function.  I appreciate your explanations in a "layman's" language.  It can be overwhelming to sometimes be told about a possible health condition that can be deteriorating my overall quality of life and yet not understand fully what my doctor is saying.  .  

Pali Momi 11/2016


Classes are informative and concise.  I would increase the number or length of classes.  Knowing how foods/snacks can affect my being has tremendously changed my perspectives. I'm going to come to these classes again.  There is so much to absorb.  I think teaching people should begin as early as possible. Thank you, Ramona Wong, for your concern.

Pali Momi 11/2016


Didn't really know what to expect, I took these classes to better understand CKD for my husband who just found out recently he has CKD stage 3.  I wouldn't change anything about these classes.  Dr. Wong, you are great!  This helped me to learn what CKD is and the different stages.  I thought I was coming here just to learn for my husband, but I actually learned how important it is to take care of your kidneys before you get CKD.  I am blessed to be able to attend this class and learn from you. 

Pali Momi 11/2016


Although my husband had a kidney transplant, I learned many new things that the doctors didn't have time to explain.  I thought kidney failure was all due to diabetes and high blood pressure, but there are many additional factors that can lead to kidneys failing.  I thoroughly enjoyed all 6 classes.  Your sense of humor made it more enjoyable.  Ther interpretation of lab reports was helpful.  Doctors don't have time to explain in detail so your explanations were good.  Keep up the good work!

Pali Momi 11/2016


​I learned that my lifestyle determines how long my health . . . and taken seriously, my whole body can enjoy living.

Pali Momi 11/2016


I didn't realize what CKD was, or how what we eat affects us.  Although I don't have CKD, I started to have diabetes and am trying to eat better, now that I'm aware bad intake can cause a lot of ailments.​  Great teacher and doctor.  I'm glad I was able to attend.  Great class, so informative.  If I ever get CKD, I wish I would have you as a doctor.  Keep it up and educate more people!

Castle 11/2016


This was a very thorough and informative 6 weeks.  My perspective changed knowing having CKD "is not a death sentence".  I can still enjoy life by making a few changes. I will keep reading all the handouts to keep me on the right path.  Now the results of my blood work is easier to understand.  

Queens 11/2016



I came with my husband and found this one of the most useful of learning experiences.  Should be made available to lots of folks as a preventive measure.  Mahalo. Mahalo. Mahalo.

Hilo 2/2017


The classes helped to give me more commitment to watching my habits without being fanatical.  I think the combination of live web presentation together with written/printed takeaway materials is excellent.  It's hard to say how to improve this format.  Many can benefit from these classes besides CKD patients.  Very informative and yet Dr Wong gets the ideas across with respect for differences and their own sense of independence.  

Hilo 2/2017


Dear Dr. Wong,  

Few people have affected me in the manner that you did.  You are REAL.  You are not pretentious - a trait that I appreciate and admire.  Your positive outlook on life offers hope for people like me.  You gave me the freedom to be me.  From your classes you opened a lot of doors for me - taking me out from a dark place into the light.  You taught me how to help myself.  When I was at the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific, I met people who were on dialysis.  From the pictures you showed us, I have a visual picture of what these people go though.  I learned from you that I don't have to go there.  I have my options and I plan to use the tools you gave me to help myself.  To me, your attitude is terrific.  You are an outstanding instructor as well as a mentor.  You know your material and if you do not know the answer to a question,  you always make referrals to people whom you think can help.  

You put into action things I learned from a Buddhist Bishop years ago.  She told me, "A real smart person does not put their nose in the air.  A not-so-smart person does."  Another thing she said, "If a person is smart, the more you talk, the better it get.  If the person is not smart, the more you talk the worse it gets."  You have all the ear marks of a very intelligent person.  I am glad to have the privilege of meeting you.  Mahalo!

Queens 2/2017


Definitely wish I'd taken these classes sooner.  Understanding of CKD is an eyeopener. Beginning to understand lab tests was especially helpful.  Most valuable is learning there are several options in addition to hemodialysis.  I always thought, as many other friends do, that hemodialysis at a dialysis center was the only option for kidney failure.  This is my second round and will probably be back for another to help my senior mind grasp and digest the info.  Each round has opened my understanding more. Personally, I would like more on the many other things that affect the kidneys - more on meds, foods, dental care, meds used by dentist, etc.  Please continue teaching us how to talk/relate/communicate with our doctors.  Get doctors to suggest strongly to their pre-diabetic patients to take this series.

Queens 2/2017


My father has CKD and is diabetic and I have learned so much from these classes.  You have made the classes so enjoyable, explaining in a way we can understand.  I now understand all the different options and learned how to best live with CKD.  It is my responsibility to set goals and make choices based on what I want out of life.  I am in control of my health.  

Pali Momi 3/2017


I am not as afraid of CKD anymore.  I know I can learn to control aspects of the disease with diet, medication and consulting with my doctor.  I feel more in control and more able to make informed decisions if I have to.  Thank you for these great classes. I learned a lot!  Dr. Wong is a great teacher - organized, knowledgeable, and well attuned to local patients.  I appreciate her willingness to answer questions, her extraordinary expertise, and most of all, her ability to demystify a very complex issue. CKD is a scary diagnosis but Dr. Wong's empathy and professionalism have given me a more informed means of dealing with it.

Pali Momi 3/2017

We have learned so much valuable information from you.  I love the way you give us the info without scolding.  You always say its our choice, which is true.  I think that's why my spouse, who was a little upset when I signed up for the class, really enjoys your classes.  He even thanked me for signing us up.  Hopefully, what we learned, will hep him slow down or even stop or improve his CKD.  It would be great if you did classes for our primary care doctors too.

Queens 11/2017


Class was taught at a perfect level, understandable with enough detail and explanation to tell us why (cause and effects) but yet not overwhelming.  Also put things in the perspective of how much time you want to spend in your body.  It's a great way to phrase things - tells us its up to us to do what's good for our goals.

​Queens 11/2017