Located in the heart of beautiful Hawaii, our multi-layered treatment center offers you and your loved ones a safe and effective environment for addiction recovery. Our team is dedicated to making sure that you get the best possible treatment in a beautiful and scenic location. Addiction treatment doesn’t have to be a long and stressful experience, Mana Recovery is here for you the whole way through.
Mana’s meaning in native Hawaiian culture, the sacred term mana is known as spiritual energy of power and strength. It’s possible for mana to be present in objects and people. For people, it’s possible to gain or lose mana through the different decisions they make.
We provide personalized and professional treatment programs with you in mind. Every case of addiction is different, and we know that – this is why we make sure you and your loved ones are treated as individuals. We strive to create a feeling of safety and community for you and your loved ones. Our programs include:
The waves of addiction can be grueling and tough to combat, but with a qualified and passionate team by your side, you can conquer addiction. Start living the life that you deserve, for yourself and your loved ones. Contact us today to get started on your journey towards a better future.
Executive Director / Co-OwnerRead Bio
Owen has amassed several years of experience in the field. His own journey began at 18 years old when he faced the challenges of opioid addiction. At the age of 26, he sought addiction treatment in Prescott, Arizona, successfully overcoming his addiction and emerging as a source of inspiration for others.
Today, Owen serves as the Co-Owner and Executive Director of Mana Recovery, drawing upon his personal experience to empower individuals on their recovery journeys. Having encountered his own struggles, he possesses a deep understanding of the obstacles faced by those with limited resources. Owen’s primary focus is to provide coaching, guidance, and mentorship to individuals seeking to overcome addiction and improve their lives.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Owen’s personal journey took a positive turn when he met his wife, Savana, a native of Maui, during their shared recovery process. They moved to Maui in 2022 and made a commitment to do all they could to enhance the recovery community on the island.
Owen’s unwavering dedication to helping individuals overcome addiction and achieve a fulfilling life continues to drive his work, as he remains passionate about making a lasting impact and offering hope to those in need.
Gregory Struve, MA, LPC
Administrative Director / Co-OwnerRead Bio
Greg Struve has dedicated his life to the field of trauma healing and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment. His own transformative experience in therapy propelled him to pursue a professional career in the area, driven by a deep desire to help others overcome their trauma and find healing.
In 2006, Greg earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School. He completed his internship and went on to work as a family therapist at one of the top trauma treatment facilities in the world.
Greg’s commitment to his profession led him to join the faculty of Grand Canyon University in 2008, where he shared his expertise and mentored graduate students in the field of trauma treatment. He later joined the faculty at Rio Salado Community College.
In the years since Greg has served as clinical director and/or owner of several pioneering programs focused on innovative treatment approaches for anxiety and trauma. In 2015 he made several appearances on A&E’s acclaimed series “Intervention.”
Greg has completed over 500 hours of specialized training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) as both a student and teaching assistant. His dedication to ongoing professional development also led him to pursue coursework in the Neuro-Affective Relational Module, a systematic approach to healing developmental trauma. These trainings reflect his commitment to providing the most effective and evidence-based treatments to his clients, representing four-and-a-half years of post-graduate study in trauma resolution.
When not immersed in his professional endeavors, Greg finds joy and fulfillment in spending quality time with his loving wife Maria and their twin daughters. He also likes to snowboard.
Dr. Steven J Locnikar, DO
Medical DirectorRead Bio
Dr. Steven J. Locnikar, DO has dedicated over 10 years to the field of addiction medicine. He holds board certifications in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Locnikar achieved notable success as a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon. However, during that period, he faced a personal struggle with substance addiction, which significantly impacted both his personal and professional life.
Following successful completion of extensive inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, Dr. Locnikar made a pivotal decision to return to the practice of medicine with a newfound dedication to helping others suffering from similar addictions.
Combining his unique blend of personal experience and extensive medical and surgical expertise, Dr. Locnikar offers his patients the highest standard of cutting-edge medical addiction treatment. His compassionate and empathetic approach is immediately apparent, fostering an environment of support and understanding from the very first encounter.
Dr. Locnikar is widely recognized for his expertise in providing advanced detoxification services from all substances of abuse or dependence. Drawing upon his deep understanding of the detoxification process, both professionally and personally, he prioritizes the least painful and safest methods to detoxify his patients, maintaining a compassionate environment throughout. Additionally, he offers advanced techniques and support for relapse prevention, empowering individuals on their journey to sustained recovery.
Furthermore, Dr. Locnikar is a pioneering figure in medication-assisted abstinence therapy, notably with the naltrexone implant. His innovative contributions in this area have further expanded the treatment options available to patients seeking effective and comprehensive addiction care.
Carmen Cook, LMFT
Clinical DirectorRead Bio
Carmen Cook, LMFT, is a dedicated and experienced licensed marriage and family therapist with a passion for helping individuals, couples, and families overcome challenges and improve their well-being.
She specializes in complex trauma treatment, anxiety disorders, substance addiction, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Prior to working with Mana Carmen served as the Clinical Director at Akamai Recovery and Maui Recovery, overseeing teams of therapists and counselors responsible for providing care to inpatient clients.
Carmen obtained her MA in Clinical Psychology from New College of California in June 2006. Her commitment to ongoing professional development is reflected in her specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a therapeutic approach widely recognized for its effectiveness in trauma treatment.
Carmen’s expertise, dedication, and compassionate approach have made a significant impact on the lives of her clients and the community. Through her leadership roles she has demonstrated her commitment to providing high-quality therapy services and helping individuals on their journey towards healing from addiction and personal growth.
Anne Lang, LCSW, CSAC
Eileen “Anne” Lang is a dedicated and experienced member of our staff. She holds a multitude of licenses, degrees, and certifications, showcasing her commitment to her profession. With 7 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), 21 years as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), and 8 years as a Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP), Anne brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role.
Anne’s journey in the field of substance abuse counseling spans over two decades, making a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals. Her passion for helping others recover from addiction stems from a personal experience. Having battled with alcoholism and addiction, Anne is a recovering addict herself, celebrating nearly three decades of sobriety.
The revelation that she had a purpose in sharing a message of hope with those who still suffered inspired Anne to pursue a career in helping others overcome addiction. Her path to recovery was unexpected but transformative. While seeking medication one day, Anne ended up in the hospital and was subsequently admitted to the psychiatric ward. From there, she was sent to treatment on Maui, where she found compassionate support and the belief that a new life was possible.
Anne’s approach to recovery is grounded in 12-step programs, motivational interviewing, and an abstinence-based approach. She believes in meeting individuals where they are on their recovery journey and tailoring treatment to their unique needs.
In addition to her extensive qualifications, Anne holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations in Organizations, and an Associate’s degree in Human Services. Her educational achievements, coupled with her professional licenses and certifications, highlight her dedication to continuous learning and growth in her field.
Outside of work, Anne enjoys various interests and hobbies that bring her joy and fulfillment. She finds solace in practicing yoga, connecting with nature, and spending time with dogs and goats. Anne also values the power of laughter and its ability to bring lightness and positivity to life.
Anne Lang’s profound personal and professional experiences, coupled with her diverse skill set and genuine care for others, make her an invaluable asset to our team. Her dedication to helping individuals recover from addiction and her commitment to ongoing personal growth and well-being make her an inspiring and compassionate staff member.
Stephen Fox, PhD, LSW
Stephen H. Fox, PhD, is a highly qualified and accomplished professional with a diverse background in psychology, conflict resolution, and music. As an experienced lecturer, researcher, and licensed social worker, Stephen has made significant contributions to various academic institutions and professional organizations. His commitment to promoting cultural understanding and fostering mental health is evident in his educational achievements, teaching experience, and work in the community.
Stephen holds a Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, earned in 2010. He furthered his education with a Master’s in Behavioral Mental Health from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2021, focusing on community and cultural psychology. Prior to that, he obtained an M.A. in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2004, and a B.A. in Music with emphases in composition and ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2000.
With licensure credentials as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of Hawaii since 2021, Stephen’s commitment to conflict resolution is demonstrated by his certification as a mediator within the Maui Mediation Services/Hawaii Mediation Center network since 2017. He also holds a Certificate of Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance from the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, HI, obtained in 2004.
Stephen has a wealth of teaching experience, serving as a lecturer in psychology, conflict resolution, and music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Hawaii Maui College since 2012. He has also contributed to the field of psychology as a lecturer at the University of Guam from 2020 to 2021 and as an adjunct in psychology at Hawaii Pacific University from 2010 to 2016. His dedication to education extends to his role as a tutor and teaching assistant at Victoria University of Wellington in 2006 and as a lecturer at Kapiolani Community College in 2006.
In addition to his academic endeavors, Stephen has applied his skills in various professional settings. He has worked as counseling and evaluation staff at Akamai Recovery, demonstrating his commitment to helping individuals on their journey to recovery. As a certified mediator with Maui Mediation, he has played a vital role in facilitating peaceful resolutions. Stephen’s expertise also extends to independent research, where he has served as a principal investigator, program evaluator, and grant writer. Furthermore, his involvement in music, film, and TV production, combined with his talents as a freelance journalist, showcases his diverse range of interests and skills.
Stephen H. Fox’s exceptional educational background, extensive teaching experience, and wide-ranging professional contributions reflect his dedication to cross-cultural understanding, mental health, and conflict resolution. His commitment to making a positive impact on individuals and communities is evident in his work, and he continues to be a valuable asset in his field.
Joshua Akana, MA
Josh Akana is an invaluable and compassionate member of our team, bringing exceptional skills and unwavering dedication to his role. His commitment to helping others makes him an strong asset to our organization.
Josh’s educational achievements include a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University, which he obtained in 2022. His academic background equips him with a solid foundation in understanding mental health and providing effective counseling support.
Having lived on Maui his entire life, Josh possesses a deep connection to the island and its community. He values the essence of Maui’s Aloha Spirit, which fosters a culture of love, respect, and support among its residents. This genuine sense of community inspires Josh to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
In his approach to recovery, Josh emphasizes a holistic perspective. He recognizes the importance of addressing the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional aspects of a person’s well-being to facilitate lasting recovery and a fulfilling life. By taking a comprehensive approach, Josh aims to support individuals in achieving long-term healing and personal growth.
Beyond his academic and professional achievements, Josh has also obtained a Peace Studies certificate in mediation, negotiation, and conflict management resolution. This additional qualification highlights his commitment to fostering peace and resolving conflicts in various contexts.
Outside of work, Josh finds joy and fulfillment in his personal interests and hobbies. He enjoys engaging in basketball pick-up games, following and supporting the Kansas City Chiefs, and cherishing time with his family. These activities provide him with opportunities for physical exercise, enjoyable conversations, and meaningful connections with loved ones.
Josh Akana’s dedication to his profession, commitment to holistic recovery, and genuine care for others make him an invaluable member of our team. His academic achievements, professional experiences, and personal interests all contribute to his ability to connect with individuals and create positive change in their lives.
Chris Hart, MA, MSW
Chris Hart is an exceptional staff member who consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism and expertise in his work. With his strong attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and effective communication, Chris is an invaluable asset to our team. His positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile make him a true pleasure to work with.
Eric St. Onge
Recovery SpecialistRead Bio
Eric St. Onge is a dedicated Recovery Specialist and an active member of the Recovery community on Maui. With a deep passion for helping others overcome addiction, Eric has been actively involved in the field for several years. His commitment to supporting individuals on their journey to recovery is reflected in his roles as the Public Relations Chair for Narcotics Anonymous and his involvement in outreach programs.
Having spent most of his life on the beautiful island of Maui, Eric has developed a profound understanding and respect for the local culture. His connection to the community drives his desire to serve as a bridge between those seeking recovery and the available resources, whether they are on the street or incarcerated.
Eric’s personal journey with addiction has deeply influenced his decision to make helping others recover his profession. He began experimenting with drugs at a young age and eventually found himself in a state of severe poly-drug abuse, facing legal troubles and experiencing complete dereliction. However, through residential treatment and the integration of the 12-Steps of Narcotics Anonymous into his daily life, Eric has been clean since October 15, 2019. This transformative experience has ignited his passion for sharing the peace and clarity that come with recovery, while spreading the message that anyone can break free from addiction and discover a new way to live.
Eric’s approach to recovery is guided by a combination of the 12-Steps, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a deep understanding of the neurobiology of addiction. He believes in empowering individuals to develop the necessary tools and strategies to overcome challenges and build a fulfilling life in recovery.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Eric finds solace and joy in the water. He spends as much time as possible surfing with his partner, teaching people to surf, and dedicating his weekends to taking at-risk youth out for surfing experiences. Additionally, he is an avid supporter of Boston sports teams and follows the World Surf League closely.
Through his dedication, experience, and profound understanding of recovery, Eric St. Onge continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those seeking a path to healing and transformation.