Hilo, Hawaii
Ke Ala Pono- Hilo
Dr. Gerald McKenna founded the McKenna Recovery Center in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he opened a second facility in Hilo in 1999.

The Hilo program started as an Adolescent Treatment Program and has since grown to meet community requests to serve the adult population. 

At Ke Ala Pono Hilo, education, relapse prevention, family issues, and group and individual counseling are a part of our treatment protocol for you and your loved ones. We offer the following programs:

  • Adolescent Girl's Track  
  • Adolescent Boy's Track
  • Men's Track  
  • Women's Track
  • The Working Person's Track

​When an individual comes to McKenna Recovery Center, we perform evaluations to ensure they are placed in the program that best suits their needs and helps foster recovery. 

Hilo Treatment Team

Medical Director
Gerald J. McKenna, M.D., FASAM, DLFAPA
Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

Clinical Director
Dayna Gaitan, CSAC, BA, MA    

Intake/Case Managers
Melissa Tucker Anglese, MA
Ferdinand Viernes, MSW

​Click the underlined names to learn more about our staff!