Kilo ʻĀina: Health Connections to ʻĀina

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What can ʻāina tell us about our own health and healing? Everything!! The ahupuaʻa is a way to look at the impacts of trauma and ecosystems of care toward mauliola. It provides a resonant model of a Native system that is grounded in the reciprocal relationship of kānaka to ʻāina and spirituality in order to achieve collective healing or mauli ola. The ahupuaʻa is a living, breathing example of a thriving, healthy Native system, all connected through wai (water), following through every interconnected system.

What will participants learn?

  • Learn about the ahupua’a model for cultural healing and the impacts of trauma on our kanaka ecosystems
  • Discuss ways the model can be applied to the self, ‘ohana, kaiaulu (community), as well as larger care systems in Hawaii.
  • Provide their lens of how this model resonates and applies in their own, everyday life, community, ‘ohana, or organization.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Health workers
  • Social service workers
  • Behavioral health workers
  • Community members
  • ʻĀina practitioners


Kūlana ʻŌiwi Hālau (next to Nā Puʻuwai on Moloka‘i)
602 Maunaloa Hwy
Kaunakakai, HI 96748 United States 
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There is no registration for this event, it is open to the public. Come if can!

This event is brought to you in partnership with AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence, Papa Ola Lōkahi, and Ho‘aka Mana.

Workshop Presenters

Lilinoe Kauahikaua, MSW uses she/her/ʻO ia pronouns and is from Piʻihonua, Hilo on Moku o Keawe (Hawaiʻi Island) but has lived and grown in many other spaces throughout her journey, including Oʻahu, California, and Arizona.

Lilinoe serves as program coordinator with Papa Ola Lōkahi, for all substance use and mental health projects, as well as the AANHPI ʻOhana Center of Excellence for behavioral health project manager. Her work focuses on cultural approaches in healing.

Lilinoe was appointed by Governor Ige to the Hawai’i Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse and Controlled Substances and serves on the boards of ʻEkolu Mea Nui, Going Home Hawai’i, Kinohi Mana Nui, and the cultural committee co-chair for The Going Home Hawaiʻi Consortium, organizations serving the Native Hawaiian community impacted by incarceration and substance use.

Lilinoe also serves on committees for the Institute of Violence and Trauma (IVAT), and Hawaiʻi SUPD (Substance Use Professional Development) initiative.

Kumu Kanoelani Davis is a Kama a MolokainuiaHina and an established Kumu Hula of Ka Pā Hula O Hina I Ka Pō La‘ila‘i and Ho’a Mana Practitioner in the healing arts. She draws from the immense knowledge and wisdom passed down to her by her Papa, Sifu/Kahupono/’Olohe Francis Clifford Leialoha Wong.

Her martial arts training is rooted in the understanding of life and death, with the teachings of Lua, Lomilomi, La’au Kahea, and La’au Lapa’au. Kanoelani shares the traditional methods of her family to help others ignite the fire within and heal themselves.

Kanoelani is the Executive Director of Ho’aka Mana – Native Hawaiian Organization that believes in strengthening indigenous identities. She is a single mother of four daughters and the CEO/Owner of multiple small businesses; one being PoMahina Designs.

Davis is deeply invested in the community, advocating for cultural preservation, conservation, and the protection of natural resources. She has worked as a Cultural Health Navigator with Molokai Community Health Center, coordinating programs and integration between the behavioral health, medical, and dental departments.

Kanoelani has also served on the Executive Board of Directors and is now a part of the Cultural Committee at Molokai Community Health Center. Kanoelani has dedicated her time and efforts to serving the Molokai community and its youth, which is demonstrated in her work with the University of Hawaii’s Department of Psychiatry for seven years as a cultural advisor and community P.I. Puni Ke Ola was the vision of the kupuna who desired culturally integrated substance use prevention resources. 

Kanoe’s dedication shaped the Western modalities into Native Hawaiian thought processes. Through the evolution of the Puni Ke Ola she built & incorporated makawalu & kilo into the Ho’a ‘Ike curriculum which is utilized to create meaningful and transformative learning experiences. By connecting unique perspectives with knowledge of one’s physical and mental environment, teachers can create a learning experience that is both culturally relevant and academically enriching. A train-the-trainer certification program was developed for the education system (K-12 and College Professors) & substance abuse councils. There are now 20+ certified trainers across Hawaii who utilizes Ho’a ‘Ike. 

Aside from her dedication to strengthening indigenous identities via Ho’a Mana, Kanoe finds peace with the elements. She can be found in the highest parts of the forest to the depths of the sea, she enjoys fishing, hunting, and hana no’eau from traditional tools and weapons to dyes and ho’oni’o.

Kealaokekoa, A Cultural Journey of Rediscovery and Self-Reliance for SUD Treatment

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The ongoing project of colonial imperialism is dependent upon renouncing individual cultural and ethnic identity in favor of a monolithic belief in the US republic. As a nation with a history of violence and oppression against people of color, and the displacement and removal of Native peoples, it remains imperative for the US to retain control through forced assimilation to American cultural beliefs and norms of behavior. From laws banning Native languages in the 19th and 20th centuries, to race-based policies of citizenship exclusion, to forced medical sterilization of incarcerated populations, America continues to demonstrate its attitude towards these marginalized groups. This attitude permeates much of the US social welfare programming, including substance abuse treatment options. In this model of recovery, the only cultures that matter are the prevailing practices of American and Christian culture.

In this Presentation, you will be introduced to a Native Hawaiian approach to SUD treatment and recovery. Through this presentation you will learn the concepts, practices, and methods used in treating and possibly preventing SUD and addiction. You will learn the importance of utilizing a patient’s native culture and ethnicity along with utilizing certain western methods and concepts in addiction therapy. You will also learn how the Ke Ala O Kekoa curriculum can also be used in cross-cultural approaches.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the Native Hawaiian view on substance use and misuse.
  • Identify Hawaiian Healing practices utilized in substance abuse therapy.
  • Recognize when Traditional Healing practices are indicated and contraindicated.
  • Be able to implement simple Native Hawaiian practices into their own personal lives, no matter their culture or

Who should attend?

  • Addiction therapy professionals
  • Counselors
  • Medical providers
  • Cultural practitioners in healing

This event is brought to you in partnership with AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence and Papa Ola Lōkahi.

Completing this workshop LIVE offers social worker continuing education credits. Papa Ola Lokahi (NASWHI-CEP-13) has been designated an approved provider of social work continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers Hawai’i Chapter. The Papa Ola Lokahi maintains responsibility for the program.This program is also approved by the State of Hawaii Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (Approval# ADAD-24-060) for up to 1 contact hour(s). NOTE: Participants are responsible for submitting proof of attendance to their respective certification or licensing board. ʻOhana CoE & Papa Ola Lōkahi do not submit this information on behalf of training participants.

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Workshop Presenters

Makani Tabura was raised with three brothers by his mother and grandparents on their tiny family farm on the island of Lana‘i. From a young age, he was instilled with a deep understanding of the importance of culture, connection to higher power (Akua), the land (‘aina), and the people (Na Po‘e Kanaka).

During high school and college, Makani mentored and worked with at-risk youth at his mother’s youth center on Lana‘i, as well as with local and national organizations such as Na Pua No‘eau, Pacific American Foundation, and the Native Hawaiian Education Association. He shared his cultural knowledge and taught concepts of traditional cultural beliefs of health, wellness, and fitness.

Combining his grandmother’s teachings as a nurse and cultural practitioner, Makani’s studies in exercise science, hula, and health and wellness from Hawai‘i College of Health Sciences, Makani created cultural activities, programs, and curriculum for various hotels and resorts throughout Hawai‘i. He developed the first Hawaiian-based health and fitness programs for the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hale Koa Hotel, and Sheraton Resorts.

Currently, Makani is the Director of Cultural Education and Activities and cultural practitioner at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, specifically within Ho‘okūola Hale and Mālama Recovery Services. He is also the Po‘o (director) of the Kako‘o Council at the Kalaniho‘okaha Traditional Hawaiian Healing Center. Makani has developed a successful, culturally-based addiction recovery curriculum, and he prides himself on ensuring that everything he does personally and professionally is culturally-based and balanced with traditional knowledge and Western practices.

Makani’s primary responsibility, gifted to him by his Kupuna (ancestors), is to preserve, perpetuate, and practice traditional Native health, wellness, and healing to improve the lives of his family and community.

Niki Wright, PsyD, CSAC, ICADC, CCS, CPS, CSOTP is a Director at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, overseeing both the Mālama Recovery Services’ intensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment program and the Ho ̔okūola Hale’s integrated chronic pain management department. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist and certified as a substance abuse counselor in the State of Hawai ̔i and has made it her mission to reduce the negative social stigma surrounding mental illness, particularly SUD, and to break down the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing the care they need, particularly in medically underserved communities.

Dr. Wright’s professional interests are focused on health psychology and working with diverse and marginalized populations, including chronic pain management, trauma, systems, and women’s health. She is also the Chief Behavioral Health O cer at the Wahiawā Center for Community Health, co-founder of IMUA Health Group, and clinical psychologist for the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Education. Dr. Wright has previously taught in the Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree program at the University of Hawai ̔i at Mānoa under the Department of Kinesiology.

In her personal life, Dr. Wright is a National Health Service Corps Ambassador, committed to improving access to primary care in under-served areas of the United States. Through her impressive work andvunwavering commitment to improving mental health and well-being, Dr. Wright has made a significant impact on the mental health and well-being of her patients and communities, and continues to be a leading voice in her field.

Cultural Approaches to Reducing Harm Across Moanānuiakea

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In 2022, Papa Ola Lōkahi and Hawaiʻi Health & Harm Reduction Center release E hui ana nā moku: A harm reduction toolkit for Native Hawaiian communities.
Harm reduction through a Native Hawaiian lens embraces returning to the source. It’s a process to elevate Hawaiian ways of knowing and being, which are strongly connected to (w)holism, spirituality, and relationship to land.

According to FNHA, “culture is a medicine that can help us heal… In exploring culture as a strength, a source of resilience, a way to connect, and as medicine, we must consider how we can include people who use substances within our work by increasing access to culture.”

We are excited to share with you all, what a potential template for weaving in cultural practices throughout the pacific could look like when reducing harm in our communities. This will look different as every community has unique cultures and traditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Engage: participants will review the resource E hui ana nā moku: A harm reduction toolkit for Native Hawaiian communities and glimpse what a template for weaving in cultural practices throughout the pacific could look like when reducing harm in our communities caused by historical, cultural and intergenerational traumas.
  • Identify: participants will identify the strengths, protection and resiliency within their own cultural practices as they embody social, emotional, mental, and physical health and healing.
  • Understand: participants will understand how to weave their own cultural practices into the template provided.


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Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models – Trauma Tips and Tools

Hawaiʻi Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members, social workers, health care providers, and community members will learn about the importance of a cultural foundation when applying trauma tools and tips to self care, community care and professional care in response to collective trauma and grief. The connection between trauma informed care and to substance use and recovery will be discussed in its applications to The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0. This is the 12th session of the Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series Hānai Ahu which focuses on adopting cultural anchors for substance use treatment and prevention strategies. This series provides a tri-lens cultural view of substance use emphasizing “The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0” framework that recently launched with the Hawaiʻi State Plan for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Department of Health.

What will attendees learn?

  • Participants will learn how to utilize The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0 to understand the historical importance of the impacts of colonization on the indigenous connection to ʻāina and the disconnection to ʻāina, as it relates to substance use and recovery.
  • Participants will identify strategies related to culturally anchored trauma-informed care in response to acute, collective trauma and grief as primary prevention for substance use and mental health disparities.
  • Participants will apply trauma tips and tools to self care, community care and professional care in response to collective trauma and grief guided by the clinical expertise of a licensed clinical social worker.

Who should attend?

  • Hawaiʻi Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members
  • Social workers
  • Health care providers
  • Community members

This event has passed. You can watch the replay on our YouTube, or here on the website.

Workshop Presenters

Christy Werner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who was born and raised on Maui, and has been living on Oʻahu for the past 20 years. She is a mother of two wild boys, a wife to a hard working sawyer, the daughter of a retired ER nurse mom, and construction worker dad. She has 3 siblings. Her life’s work has thus far been dedicated to helping others heal from trauma. She is a feeler of feels and a lover of humanity, despite how complicated humans can be. Her invitation to joining you all at this event is not taken lightly and she hopes her offerings are helpful.