Background and Overview

Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are serious public health issues. Hawaii’s STI epidemic is most severe among young people, especially young women. For example, Hawaii has the 12th worst chlamydia rate and the 10th highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, and only 54 percent of Hawaii’s high school students reported using condoms during their last sexual intercourse — the lowest percentage of any state in the nation. For more information go to Hawaii Public schools Sexual Health Education in Hawaii- Fact Sheet

Pono Choices Goals

The overarching goals are to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and incidences of sexually transmitted infections (STIs); increase positive bonding in the school and community; increase sense of self-identity and self-efficacy; and improve expectations for the future.

The 10 lessons in the curriculum cover the following topics:

  • Anatomy and puberty
  • Goal setting
  • Effective communication skills
  • Recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Refusing unwanted sexual pressure
  • Information on how STIs are transmitted
  • Knowledge of birth control methods including abstinence
  • Correct steps for effective condom use
  • Practice refusing sexual pressure through scenarios and role plays


Office of Adolescent Health

Funded by the Office of Adolescent Health