Inner Chi Hawai’i

Inner Chi Hawai’i

1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

Established in 2018.

Evan focuses on helping all who live an active lifestyle: from competitive athletes to the everyday physical person, at work, home, or at play.

Specializing in acute musculoskeletal injuries and addressing the most chronic pain conditions, the goal is to enable each person to have a better quality of life and a plan of preventative care, at the end of each session.

He also is passionate in addressing mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders, thyroid disorders, women's health, digestive disorders and promoting surgery recovery. 

Beyond acupuncture, he incorporates lifestyle & family counseling, cupping therapy, trigger point release, electrotherapy stimulation, Acudetox, heat therapy, Aromatherapy, Medical Qigong, Gua Sha myofascial release, Tui Na massage, home exercises and stretches, Chinese herbal therapy and nutritional therapy.

His unique approach in working collaboratively with each patient, by tailoring unique treatment plans to individual cases, facilitate the success in empowering patients to take charge of their health toward a better quality of life.

Evan has over 3000 hours of training in Acupuncture theoretical concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the practical application of the theoretical presentations in differential pattern diagnosis, treatment planning, needling technique and herbal formulation. Taoist Medicine consists of the unique disciplines and special techniques of Taoist diagnosis and healing. His training also includes the application of various needling techniques and complementary Eastern oriental medicine modalities that specialize in acupuncture such as acupressure, medical qigong, cupping therapy, moxibustion, gua sha myofascial release, tui na chinese massage, electroacupuncture, Chinese herbs, scalp, auricular, and microsystem acupuncture.

I believe the theme of overall longitudinal treatment for each patient, is working with the patient to understand who they are in relation to their ancestors, and by finding patterns in which their human existence is overcoming a similar past situation/condition. Their condition(s) can manifest in physical, emotional, spiritual constraint/pain. Herbs and acupuncture can help to stimulate a chemical response that the patient's body needs, to assist in the patient's willingness to resolve their past life issues.

The purpose is to aid in building up on their strengths, to wield within them the ability to overcome their weaknesses, instead of the person finding out the hard way by repeating the same thoughts, behaviors, and feelings throughout their life experience. To get a feel for what herbs the patient may need for therapeutic assistance, it takes a connection of energy between patient and a higher source in knowing what the patient needs to help heal themselves on their own.

During the treatment process, I do not work against the patient's energy, or rely on my own energy to heal. Working against the patient's energy can make their condition(s) worse. And using my own energy to heal is not wise, as it is limited by my existing constitution and Jing reserve.

If I were to use my own energy to heal, I’d probably age faster and have a short life span. The proper method of etiquette, as a practitioner, is to be a catalyst or facilitator in connecting with the universal energy of light and love, and empower the healing process in letting the patient overcome the darkness that is holding them back from transcending spiritually. Fighting fire with fire does not work as it does not naturally bring a person to a state of balance, but creates a void in another aspect of their life, which could be more harmful than how they were initially before treatment.

The main goal in mind for me is to have the patient feel validated. Having the ability to empower the will of healing within themselves, by wanting to change for the better to improve their quality of life. And then to provide universal light and love in areas that are weak for them, which can aid the patient to naturally heal their own self spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

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Honolulu, HI 96816
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

When I see a patient for the first time, I give them a warm welcome and tell them that I am pleased to see that they have made the step in wanting to improve their quality of life with me. I explain to them what to expect during their session with me, how long it will take and if they have a time limit as some patient’s may be pressed on time and needing to keep on their daily schedule. For me, establishing rapport is key to create lasting practitioner-patient relationships, and to keep the patient coming in to see me.

If a patient expresses that they have a fear of needles, I assure them that the tools that I use is intended to be painless, that the needles are more like pins which is a sterile tool made of solid metal and hair-like in thickness. That the pins glide through the spaces between the skin and muscle fibers, so the only thing they'll feel is their energy being activated, connecting the mind with the body, making way for the healing process to begin. I also would recommend that there are also other methods other than acupuncture that I can integrate in their path to healing, utilizing various traditional Chinese medicinal methods like cupping therapy, acupressure massage, gua sha, chi kung energy healing, and herbal therapy.

What I do with every patient that I have a session with, is that I always tell them that during the acupuncture process at any time, if they experience a burning or stinging sensation after I insert the needle, to let me know and that I can readjust it, so it will be comfortable for them as I do not want them to experience pain for the duration of the treatment session.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and so my experiences of working with people, talking and making a person feel comfortable in being in a vulnerable setting, along with establishing patient/practitioner rapport has been useful. The skills that I have acquired while being educated and vocationally in the field of counseling has greatly helped me to have the patience and discernment of how I behave, act, speak, accordingly to the patient by aligning with them on their goals and needs. Actively listening to their concerns and facilitating their own growth in knowledge of how to take control of their health and healing process has been always a focus for me, both in the counseling field and here in the acupuncture field.

The patient needs the acceptance to be independent on managing their lifestyle/health with the guidance of a health practitioner, rather than being dependent on a practitioner to manage their lifestyle/health. This empowers the patient with the capability to take care of their own well-being by making healthy lifestyle choices which they comfortable doing, and most importantly, being happy with those decisions.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Initial Office Visit & Treatment Session (Tuesdays/Saturdays)

1 hour 25 minutes @ $65.00

Includes consultation and treatment services tailored to patient's initial treatment plan determined by the practitioner.

Office Follow-up Treatment Session (Tuesdays/Saturdays)

55 minutes @ $45.00

Includes Oriental Medicine treatment services tailored with appropriate modalities according to existing treatment plan.

In-Home Initial Visit & Treatment Session (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays)

1 hour 55 minutes @ $100.00

Includes consultation and treatment services tailored to patient's initial treatment plan determined by the practitioner. Treatment services are provided to patients at the convenience of their home. Price includes added travel time and cost. For later in-home appointments after 3:30pm, please contact for further requests.

In-Home Treatment Session (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays)

1 hour 25 minutes @ $80.00

Treatment services are provided to patients at the convenience of their home. Price includes added travel time and cost. For later in-home appointments after 3:30pm, please contact for further requests.

How did you get started in this business?

Evan was introduced to acupuncture through an accident resulting in neck, shoulder, back, and hip injuries. In 2006, he was involved in a major car accident that almost ended his life. From a Western medicine approach, his only options were to live in the life of taking pain medication and cortisone injections. With not wanting to live a life of masking his pain, he stumbled onto an acupuncturist who introduced him to Chinese medicine. The treatments he was receiving quickly reduced the pain, muscle tension, inflammation and was at a level where it was manageable to have a fully active life. 

From his personal experience, he was intrigued by the approach of holistic and natural healing, and was inspired to do the same for others, to support people by helping them to achieve their healthcare goals within a framework of therapeutic counseling and Eastern Oriental Medicine.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Musculoskeletal dysfunction



Parkinson’s Disease


Addiction (Pharmaceutical, Recreational, Illicit, Food, Behavior, etc.)


Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, etc.)



Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Pre/Post Surgery Preparation/Recovery


Fatty Liver Disease

Cardiovasular Disease

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
  1. The Practitioner’s Training:
    There are a number of levels of training in acupuncture, or acupuncture-like techniques, from focused training of a physiotherapist to the comprehensive training of a TCM Practitioner.  Your experience and results may vary depending on the level of knowledge brought by the practitioner to your health condition.
  2. The Practitioner’s Way of Communication/Language:
    As a patient, you should always ensure that you are able to communicate clearly with your practitioner, or have on hand a translator who can effectively translate your health information and your questions.
  3. The Practitioner’s Referrals and Testimonies of Patient’s Experience:
    While results from acupuncture can be at times miraculous, most results come from repeated treatments over a set period of time. When you hear of exceptional results from one practitioner or from one particular style of acupuncture, please bear in mind that acupuncture results vary from patient to patient. While your practitioner may have produced excellent results in many patients, results cannot be guaranteed 100% of the time.
  4. The Practitioner’s Sytle of Developing Treatment Plans For Their Patients:
    Your practitioner, after an initial assessment, should have a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs for achieving a mutually agreed upon goal. This plan may include a variety of treatment strategies. Your practitioner should explain each one, and obtain your consent for treatment. It is normal during a course of treatment for the practitioner to adjust their treatment strategy according to changes that occur while treatments are progressing.