Severe Mental Illness and Dismantling Mental Health Barriers: Culturally Responsive Strategies for Supporting Asian Americans

This workshop will present a detailed description of severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders and review their impact and current findings among Asian American individuals and families. An in-depth discussion of prevalent barriers to mental healthcare among Asian American communities will be provided, such as mental health stigma and misinformation. Prevailing myths and misconceptions about schizophrenia, psychotropic medications, and psychotherapy will be explored and reviewed. Strategies will be provided on micro, mezzo, and macro levels for behavioral health practitioners, clinical social workers, community advocates, academic researchers, and family members and loved ones regarding supporting Asian American individuals with severe mental illness and de-stigmatizing mental health at large. Techniques for treatment engagement, initiating and receiving services, contributing to community anti-stigma efforts, and other suggestions for engaging with Asian American clients on multiple levels in social work practice will be provided.
What will participants learn?

  • Detailed overview and information about severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders
  • Exploration of prevalent barriers to mental healthcare such as mental health stigma and their impact on Asian American communities
  • Myths and misconceptions about prevailing stereotypes and misinformation about severe mental illness, psychotropic medication, and psychotherapy
  • Strategies for building trust and engaging with Asian American clients with severe mental illness in therapy, including for clients with anosognosia (lack of insight)
  • Suggestions for supporting Asian American families impacted by severe mental illness on community, research, and organizational levels
  • Resources for schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Who should attend?

  • Behavioral health providers, professionals, and trainees
  • Asian American social workers and community leaders
  • Community members interested in learning more about mental health
  • Asian American local and community-based organizations
  • Academic researchers and scholars interested in areas of Asian diaspora mental health
  • Family members, friends, and colleagues who may know someone impacted by severe mental illness

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Workshop Presenters

Juliann Li Verdugo (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and a trilingual first-generation Chinese American from San Diego, California. She is currently a Ph.D. student studying social welfare at the University of Washington, focusing on research areas of racial and ethnic health disparities, Asian American and Latinx mental health, severe mental illness, and culturally responsive service delivery.

 

Juliann received a Bachelor of Science in clinical psychology from the University of California at San Diego (2017) and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan (2019). She has led and contributed to various research projects focused on topics including schizophrenia spectrum disorders, psychosis, caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness, and intervention development and testing.

 

Prior to starting her doctoral education, Juliann worked for over 3 years as a clinician with a group practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, providing outpatient psychotherapy services to adults of color. She also served as the project coordinator for a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded grant conducting community-based participatory research on suicide prevention for adults with schizophrenia in a community mental health setting.

 

On a personal level, Juliann loves traveling, walking in nature, playing video games such as The Legend of Zelda, and spending time with her husky Strider. She is excited to collaborate with the ‘Ohana team and looks forward to her future work with Asian diaspora organizations and communities.

Culturally Adapted Depression Assessment for Chinese Americans: How to Reduce Mental Health Disparities and Improve Access to Care

The workshop will cover culturally based symptom expressions for depression, including psychological, somatic, and interpersonal symptoms, used by Chinese American adolescents, adults, and older adults and how healthcare and community providers can better detect depression and engage clients with mental health care. The workshop showcases educational videos and symptom checklists developed by the San Francisco Bay Area Chinese Community Depression Education Project. The project used a community-based participatory approach to develop culturally sensitive tools to address disparities in mental health and access to services. While the assessment and educational tools were developed for a Chinese-speaking population, they are also applicable to other communities.

What will you learn in this workshop?

• Articulate a Chinese culture-based construct of depression with three dimensions—psychological, somatic and interpersonal;
• Articulate Chinese culture-specific expressions of depressive distress used by Chinese Americans;
• Articulate how you can integrate culturally sensitive depression assessment and educational tools into your professional practice and social services with Chinese speaking patients/clients;
• Recognize differences in the differential endorsement of depressive symptoms based on level of acculturation to U.S. society, gender, education, and other factors.

Who is this workshop for?

• Behavioral health care providers who work with Asian American communities.
• Members of Asian American community-based organizations.
• Asian American individuals and those who support them.


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Workshop Presenters

Rose Wong is the Director of Social Work at Palo Alto University, where she is starting a master of social work (MSW) program with a specialization in culturally informed behavioral health. Prior to this position, she served as associate professor and department chair of social work at California State University East Bay and as founding director of the MSW program at University of the Pacific. Before earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in social welfare from UC Berkeley, she studied public and international affairs at Princeton University and public administration and psychology in universities in France.

In Dr. Wong’s research, she teams up with community professionals to develop culturally sensitive mental health educational materials in Chinese language, including brochures with symptom checklists and videos for use by professionals and community members. Dr. Wong’s practice experience in the Asian American immigrant community includes counseling for children and families who experienced domestic violence and supporting the implementation of integrated care treatment programs for older adults with depression. In 2022, Dr. Wong published a book entitled, Which Evidence-Based Practice Should I Use?: A Social Worker’s Handbook for Decision Making.

Treating Asian Americans with CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services)

The Federal Office of Minority Health developed 15 standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), which represent a “gold standard” for providing culturally responsive care. This training will introduce the national CLAS standards as a framework for providing responsive, respectful and equitable behavioral health care for Asian Americans. Following the training, participants will be able to summarize the main themes and purpose of the national CLAS standards, and articulate practical steps towards implementing concepts and principles of the CLAS standards to serve Asian American clients.


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Workshop Presenters

Michael Liao’s career in social work has spanned various settings—including child welfare, domestic violence prevention, supervised visitation, mental health, and substance abuse treatment.  Michael is currently the Director of Programs for NICOS Chinese Health Coalition. Since 2004, Michael has been providing cultural responsiveness training on a wide range of topics including implicit bias and widening our personal lens, cross-cultural communications, Asian American cultural issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and anti-oppressive practices, for a wide variety of audiences.

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

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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.

Ola ka Huakaʻihele o Hiʻiaka: Becoming Hiʻiaka PT 2

Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models

Ola ka Huakaʻihele o Hiʻiaka: Becoming Hiʻiaka Part 2

Join us again as we continue our virtual summer training series on adopting cultural anchors for substance use treatment and prevention strategies. Hānai Ahu 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.

This series is a partnership between the Māpuna Lab and the AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence. AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence is your source for empowerment, education, and support for individuals seeking behavioral healthcare, including mental health and substance use resources. We center (w)holistic and cultural approaches to serving the needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

What is your ahu? What is your pua‘a?


Ola ka Huakaʻihele o Hiʻiaka: Becoming Hiʻiaka Part 2 with guest speaker Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani

Hawaii Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members, social workers, health care providers, and community members will come together to learn the Ahupua’a Framework and its applications. Understanding the Upstream: How does the Compact of Free Association (COFA) affect Social Determinants of Health and Policy for Federated States of Micronesia migrants in Hawaii will follow the myth of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele on a journey of transformation, so that we ourselves may be transformed in the process. Through the Kaʻao Framework, implemented by the Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke ʻAo Initiative within the University of Hawaiʻi system, we seek to identify the best pathway forward to heal and prevent substance misuse and overdose, and promote mental health and wellbeing among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Learning Objective 1
Participants will engage in the Ahupuaʻa Model for the ʻOhana Center of Excellence, introduced by Lilinoe Kauahikaua of Papa Ola Lōkahi looking at the impacts of colonization, and implementing cultural intervention at various places effectively providing healing and wellbeing of self and community.

Learning Objective 2
Participants will engage in the Kaʻao Framework (Hua, Haʻalele, Huakaʻi, Hoʻina, Hāʻina – implemented by the University of Hawaiʻi through the Hawaiʻi Papa o Keao Initiative) – utilizing Hawaiʻi traditional myth culture as a framework to transform the experiences and the culture of healthcare professionals
and providers.

Learning Objective 3
Participants will see by implementing a high quality program such as the Huakaʻihele, that is directly recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and equity-based as a means of improving behavioral health and overall well-being guided by the clinical expertise of R. Lahela Kruse, a Native Hawaiian Social Worker.

Learning Objective 4
Finally participants will be invited to experience and engage in multidisciplinary and multidimensional processes for sequencing HUAKAʻI.


DOWNLOADS & REPLAY

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


Workshop Presenters

Rachel “Lahela” Kruse, Native Hawaiian Social Worker, CSAC at Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) on Hawaiʻi island. She works with the mental health population with close attention to substance abuse using traditional healing methods Hoʻokuʻu ka hewa for the individual, also a Haku Hoʻoponopono.

Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani is a cherished member of the Hawaiʻi Island community. People recognize her contributions to the hula community, both in Hawaiʻi and beyond our shores, her training for decades in the tradition of ʻaihaʻa, her vital role in Hālau o Kekuhi. Below are just a few of Kekuhi’s professional accomplishments:

  • Trained in the tradition of Hula ʻAihaʻa & Hula Pele, chant & ritual for 35 years under Hālau O Kekuhi and graduated as Kumu Hula (hula master) of Hālau o Kekuhi by her mother, Kumu Hula Pualani Kanahele and her Aunt Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole; ʻUniki date – 2008
  • 1991 and 2014, co-producer of some of Hālau O Kekuhi’s most significant contributions to oral and ritual arts stage performances, namely, Holo Mai Pele, Kamehameha Paiʻea, Kilohi Nā Akua Wahine, Hānau Ka Moku, Wahinepōʻaimoku, Ka Hana Kapa, and CD resources Uwolani, Puka Kamaʻehu and Hiʻiakaikapoliopele.  See these projects at edithkanakaolefoundation.org
  • Bachelorʻs in Hawaiian Studies & Masterʻs degree in Professional Development in Education; currently in a Doctorate of Holistic Health program.
  • Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Hawaiʻi Life Styles program and was a primary force in designing the Hawaiʻi Life Styles degree program and student support center as well as the two-year A.A. degree programs in Hula, Fishing, and Farming at Hawaiʻi Community Colleges, currently A.A. in Hawaiʻi Life Styles with emphasis in these areas.
  • For the 21 years at the University of Hawai’i, Kekuhi has been instrumental in writing for and managing 10 federal grants, resulting in excess of 20 million dollars of Congressional funding, USDOE funding, and others helping fund 8 new positions in Hawaiian studies (HawCC), 4 renovation projects, student support for native Hawaiian students, the UH system’s first degrees in native occupational practices and the very first Hawaiʻi protocols program of any UH system college. She also taught many of the programs courses. 
  • From 2001-2015, Kekuhi served as the Edith Kanakaʻoleʻs Executive Director and continues to volunteer in research, writing, ritual design and facilitation, hula, chant, and other projects of the foundation.
  • A sample of projects for the foundation include: 1) Kanaloa Haunawela – a current ethnographic project for KS, 2) Kiho’iho’i Kanawai – a project for OHA, 3)  Pelehonuamea – a Geothermal project for KS; 4) Honuaiākea Summit for interdisciplinary exploration, 5) ʻĪmakakoloa protocols for public access, 5) ʻAha Pāwalu protocols for 20 year clean up of Kanaloa-Kahoʻolawe
  • Most recent publications include: The Charm of Kiʻi chapter for Moʻolelo, UH Press (publihsed 2023); Embracing the sacred: an indigenous framework for tomorrows sustainability science.  Journal for Sustainability Science Special Issue. 2013; Cultivating Sacred Kinship Green readiness, response, and recovery: a collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-18x. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 2017;  “Increasing Conservation Capacity by Embracing Ritual: Kuahu as a Portal to the Sacred” . Journal of Pacific Conservation Biology Special Issue: Transforming Conservation Biology Through Indigenous Perspectives. 2020.
  • Most recent ritual design & facilitation projects including, 1) ʻAha Mauna, 2) ʻAha Hoʻākua for the Hokuleʻa World Wide Voyage, 3) 2018 Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress -ʻAha ʻAwa, Opening Protocol, Daily Protocol, Closing Protocols
  • 2016 Kekuhi opened Lonoa Honua, a single owner for profit to develop & deliver professional & personal development programs such as: Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa-Hula Consciousness Seminar,  Hālau ʻŌhiʻa-Hawaiʻi Stewardship Training, Oli Honua Hawaii Chant training, Kāʻao: Timeless Stories, Kāmoe: Triggering Dream, and ʻIʻiwi Pōlena:  Stewardship Program for Youth. 
  • Lonoa Honua LLC programs has served individuals, institutions, and organizations, including:  OHA, DOFAW, DLNR, KS, USDA-IPIF, NOAA, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, DOE, The Nature Conservancy, UH Manoa Symphony of Hawaiʻiʻs Forests project, US Coral Reef Task Force, USGS-Hawaiʻi Island, PKO, Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference,
  • Lonoa Honua LLC co-creates the ʻIkuwā Fest, a collaboration with Nā ʻOhana Waʻa and ʻImloa Astronomy Center.
  • We are in the 3rd year of the Edith Kanakaʻole World Oli Festival 2023 (formerly known as World Oli Movement) a unique Hybrid multi-day event highlighting the depth and breadth of OLI.
  • One of Kekuhiʻs passionʻs is strengthening the relationship between Hawaiʻi ecological wisdom and scientific wisdom. Kekuhi served as the Senior Scholar at The Kohala Center for 20 years. She has the honor of working with some of Hawaiʻiʻs most passionate committed conservation and restoration organizations, individuals, and initiatives, one of them being the Kā Mauli Hou-the statewide Hawaiʻi Conservation and Restoration Initiative, the USDA Forest Service, Kekuhi continues to facilitate ways of improving how Hawaiʻi consciousness and science & technology consciousness can work in harmony for the wellbeing of Hawaiʻi.
  • In addition to hula, chant, & Hawaiʻi-ecology, Kekuhiʻs love affair with music as a way to heighten and expand vibrations of wellbeing in the world, inspired a singing career. As co-creators, Kekuhi & husband Tangaro gave birth to 3-CDs, “Hahani Mai” (Punahele Productions), and “Kekuhi”, and “Honey Boy” (MountainApple Company). She was honored with a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award as Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999, and has performed on numerous concert stages over the past 20 years. Kekuhi spends part of her music career with her daughter Kaumakaiwa Kealiikanakaole and artist & producer Shawn Kekoa Pimental. We released the single Moloka’i Jam in 2013.  Kekuhi has recently produced and released the 21st Anniversary Edition of Hahani Mai and an all new Hahani Mai: Reimagined on June 21, 2018. The most recent public release of two originals and one remake was in May 2020.

Ola ka Huakaʻihele o Hiʻiaka: Becoming Hiʻiaka PT 1

Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models

Ola ka Huakaʻihele o Hiʻiaka: Becoming Hiʻiaka

Join us again as we continue our virtual summer training series on adopting cultural anchors for substance use treatment and prevention strategies. Hānai Ahu 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.

This series is a partnership between the Māpuna Lab and the AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence. AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence is your source for empowerment, education, and support for individuals seeking behavioral healthcare, including mental health and substance use resources. We center (w)holistic and cultural approaches to serving the needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

What is your ahu? What is your pua‘a?


Ola ka Huakaʻihele o Hiʻiaka: Becoming Hiʻiaka Part 1 with guest sepaker R. Lahela Kruse

Hawaii Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members, social workers, health care providers, and community members will come together to learn the Ahupua’a Framework and its applications. Understanding the Upstream: How does the Compact of Free Association (COFA) affect Social Determinants of Health and Policy for Federated States of Micronesia migrants in Hawaii will follow the myth of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele on a journey of transformation, so that we ourselves may be transformed in the process. Through the Kaʻao Framework, implemented by the Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke ʻAo Initiative within the University of Hawaiʻi system, we seek to identify the best pathway forward to heal and prevent substance misuse and overdose, and promote mental health and wellbeing among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Learning Objective 1
Participants will engage in the Ahupuaʻa Model for the ʻOhana Center of Excellence, introduced by Lilinoe Kauahikaua of Papa Ola Lōkahi looking at the impacts of colonization, and implementing cultural intervention at various places effectively providing healing and wellbeing of self and community.

Learning Objective 2
Participants will engage in the Kaʻao Framework (Hua, Haʻalele, Huakaʻi, Hoʻina, Hāʻina – implemented by the University of Hawaiʻi through the Hawaiʻi Papa o Keao Initiative) – utilizing Hawaiʻi traditional myth culture as a framework to transform the experiences and the culture of healthcare professionals
and providers.

Learning Objective 3
Participants will see by implementing a high quality program such as the Huakaʻihele, that is directly recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and equity-based as a means of improving behavioral health and overall well-being guided by the clinical expertise of R. Lahela Kruse, a Native Hawaiian Social Worker.

Learning Objective 4
Finally participants will be invited to experience and engage in multidisciplinary and multidimensional processes for sequencing HUAKAʻI.


DOWNLOADS & REPLAY

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


Workshop Presenters

Rachel “Lahela” Kruse, Native Hawaiian Social Worker, CSAC at Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) on Hawaiʻi island. She works with the mental health population with close attention to substance abuse using traditional healing methods Hoʻokuʻu ka hewa for the individual, also a Haku Hoʻoponopono.

Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani is a cherished member of the Hawaiʻi Island community. People recognize her contributions to the hula community, both in Hawaiʻi and beyond our shores, her training for decades in the tradition of ʻaihaʻa, her vital role in Hālau o Kekuhi. Below are just a few of Kekuhi’s professional accomplishments:

  • Trained in the tradition of Hula ʻAihaʻa & Hula Pele, chant & ritual for 35 years under Hālau O Kekuhi and graduated as Kumu Hula (hula master) of Hālau o Kekuhi by her mother, Kumu Hula Pualani Kanahele and her Aunt Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole; ʻUniki date – 2008
  • 1991 and 2014, co-producer of some of Hālau O Kekuhi’s most significant contributions to oral and ritual arts stage performances, namely, Holo Mai Pele, Kamehameha Paiʻea, Kilohi Nā Akua Wahine, Hānau Ka Moku, Wahinepōʻaimoku, Ka Hana Kapa, and CD resources Uwolani, Puka Kamaʻehu and Hiʻiakaikapoliopele.  See these projects at edithkanakaolefoundation.org
  • Bachelorʻs in Hawaiian Studies & Masterʻs degree in Professional Development in Education; currently in a Doctorate of Holistic Health program.
  • Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Hawaiʻi Life Styles program and was a primary force in designing the Hawaiʻi Life Styles degree program and student support center as well as the two-year A.A. degree programs in Hula, Fishing, and Farming at Hawaiʻi Community Colleges, currently A.A. in Hawaiʻi Life Styles with emphasis in these areas.
  • For the 21 years at the University of Hawai’i, Kekuhi has been instrumental in writing for and managing 10 federal grants, resulting in excess of 20 million dollars of Congressional funding, USDOE funding, and others helping fund 8 new positions in Hawaiian studies (HawCC), 4 renovation projects, student support for native Hawaiian students, the UH system’s first degrees in native occupational practices and the very first Hawaiʻi protocols program of any UH system college. She also taught many of the programs courses. 
  • From 2001-2015, Kekuhi served as the Edith Kanakaʻoleʻs Executive Director and continues to volunteer in research, writing, ritual design and facilitation, hula, chant, and other projects of the foundation.
  • A sample of projects for the foundation include: 1) Kanaloa Haunawela – a current ethnographic project for KS, 2) Kiho’iho’i Kanawai – a project for OHA, 3)  Pelehonuamea – a Geothermal project for KS; 4) Honuaiākea Summit for interdisciplinary exploration, 5) ʻĪmakakoloa protocols for public access, 5) ʻAha Pāwalu protocols for 20 year clean up of Kanaloa-Kahoʻolawe
  • Most recent publications include: The Charm of Kiʻi chapter for Moʻolelo, UH Press (publihsed 2023); Embracing the sacred: an indigenous framework for tomorrows sustainability science.  Journal for Sustainability Science Special Issue. 2013; Cultivating Sacred Kinship Green readiness, response, and recovery: a collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-18x. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 2017;  “Increasing Conservation Capacity by Embracing Ritual: Kuahu as a Portal to the Sacred” . Journal of Pacific Conservation Biology Special Issue: Transforming Conservation Biology Through Indigenous Perspectives. 2020.
  • Most recent ritual design & facilitation projects including, 1) ʻAha Mauna, 2) ʻAha Hoʻākua for the Hokuleʻa World Wide Voyage, 3) 2018 Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress -ʻAha ʻAwa, Opening Protocol, Daily Protocol, Closing Protocols
  • 2016 Kekuhi opened Lonoa Honua, a single owner for profit to develop & deliver professional & personal development programs such as: Ulu Ka ʻŌhiʻa-Hula Consciousness Seminar,  Hālau ʻŌhiʻa-Hawaiʻi Stewardship Training, Oli Honua Hawaii Chant training, Kāʻao: Timeless Stories, Kāmoe: Triggering Dream, and ʻIʻiwi Pōlena:  Stewardship Program for Youth. 
  • Lonoa Honua LLC programs has served individuals, institutions, and organizations, including:  OHA, DOFAW, DLNR, KS, USDA-IPIF, NOAA, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, DOE, The Nature Conservancy, UH Manoa Symphony of Hawaiʻiʻs Forests project, US Coral Reef Task Force, USGS-Hawaiʻi Island, PKO, Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference,
  • Lonoa Honua LLC co-creates the ʻIkuwā Fest, a collaboration with Nā ʻOhana Waʻa and ʻImloa Astronomy Center.
  • We are in the 3rd year of the Edith Kanakaʻole World Oli Festival 2023 (formerly known as World Oli Movement) a unique Hybrid multi-day event highlighting the depth and breadth of OLI.
  • One of Kekuhiʻs passionʻs is strengthening the relationship between Hawaiʻi ecological wisdom and scientific wisdom. Kekuhi served as the Senior Scholar at The Kohala Center for 20 years. She has the honor of working with some of Hawaiʻiʻs most passionate committed conservation and restoration organizations, individuals, and initiatives, one of them being the Kā Mauli Hou-the statewide Hawaiʻi Conservation and Restoration Initiative, the USDA Forest Service, Kekuhi continues to facilitate ways of improving how Hawaiʻi consciousness and science & technology consciousness can work in harmony for the wellbeing of Hawaiʻi.
  • In addition to hula, chant, & Hawaiʻi-ecology, Kekuhiʻs love affair with music as a way to heighten and expand vibrations of wellbeing in the world, inspired a singing career. As co-creators, Kekuhi & husband Tangaro gave birth to 3-CDs, “Hahani Mai” (Punahele Productions), and “Kekuhi”, and “Honey Boy” (MountainApple Company). She was honored with a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award as Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999, and has performed on numerous concert stages over the past 20 years. Kekuhi spends part of her music career with her daughter Kaumakaiwa Kealiikanakaole and artist & producer Shawn Kekoa Pimental. We released the single Moloka’i Jam in 2013.  Kekuhi has recently produced and released the 21st Anniversary Edition of Hahani Mai and an all new Hahani Mai: Reimagined on June 21, 2018. The most recent public release of two originals and one remake was in May 2020.

Hānai Ahu: Development and Launch

PRESENTED BY THE AANHPI ʻOHANA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, MĀPUNA LAB, and PAPA OLA LŌKAHI

Join the Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series: Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models. The series 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. Learn more at mapunalab.com/hanai-ahu. 

What is your ahu?
What is your pua‘a?


Next Steps: Development and Launch

Kealiʻimakamanaonalani Poʻoloa leads the seventh training in the Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models series in collaboration with the AANHPI ‘Ohana of Excellence. This is Makawalu Naʻauʻao Primary Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use: Reconnecting to Culture, Part 4 ~ Next Steps: Development and Launch

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will engage in an immersive learning experience and identify ways SAMHSAʻs Working Definition of Recovery can be utilized through engaging with the Makawalu Naʻauʻao Primary Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use.
  •  Participants will learn how to utilize The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0 to understand the importance of itʻs relation to place based learning as presented in the Makawalu Naʻauʻao Primary Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use, as it relates to substance use and recovery.
  • Participants will understand how the activities presented in the Makawalu Naʻauʻao Primary Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use, a culturally based curriculum can be applied in their professional role using the 12 Core Functions of a Counselor for Substance Use (CSAC) working with middle school to high school age youth.

DOWNLOADS & REPLAY

Download the Training flier here

Hānai Ahu: Patient and Practitioner Empowerment through AI

PRESENTED BY THE AANHPI ʻOHANA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, MĀPUNA LAB, and PAPA OLA LŌKAHI

Join the Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series: Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models. The series 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. Learn more at mapunalab.com/hanai-ahu. 

What is your ahu?
What is your pua‘a?


Patient and Practitioner Empowerment through AI

Hawaii Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members, social workers, health care providers, and community members will come together to learn the Ahupua’a Framework and its applications. Attendees will learn how AI can empower them as patients and/or practitioners within the healthcare system. Specific 1 examples of the use of AI will involve substance use.

Learning Objective 1
Participants will understand the history and use of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) acronym in data collection and the importance of data disaggregation for other Pacific Islanders in Hawai‘i.

Learning Objective 2
Participants will identify strategies to avoid creating harm with data-informed decision making and evaluation by understanding how data can provide context on historical and generational trauma of different population groups which can be used as a CSAC screening tool.

Learning Objective 3
Participants will engage in an immersive learning experience with cultural knowledge to develop strategies for inclusion of programming that serves the other Pacific Island communities.


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Hānai Ahu: Train the Trainers: Curriculum Framework & Application

PRESENTED BY THE AANHPI ʻOHANA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, MĀPUNA LAB, and PAPA OLA LŌKAHI

Join the Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series: Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models. The series 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. Learn more at mapunalab.com/hanai-ahu. 

What is your ahu?
What is your pua‘a?


Train the Trainers: Curriculum Framework & Application

Kealiʻimakamanaonalani Poʻoloa leads the seventh training in the Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models series in collaboration with the AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence. This is Makawalu Naʻauʻao Primary Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use: Reconnecting to Culture Part 3 – Train the Trainers: Curriculum Framework & Application.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will engage in an immersive learning experience and identify how holistic recovery pathways in the Makawalu Naʻauʻao Preventative Curriculum, a culturally based curriculum for middle and high school students, is aligned with SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery.
  • Participants will learn how the Makawalu Naʻauʻao Primary Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use is integrated with The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0.
  • Participants will identify how educational, culture-based health frameworks, Pilinahā and 4MAT, may be applied to substance use prevention among middle and high school students.

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Hānai Ahu: The “Other” Pacific Islanders: Who is Micronesia in the NHPI Communities We Serve in Hawaiʻi’s Health Systems

PRESENTED BY THE AANHPI ʻOHANA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, MĀPUNA LAB, and PAPA OLA LŌKAHI

Join the Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series: Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models. The series 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. Learn more at mapunalab.com/hanai-ahu. 

What is your ahu?
What is your pua‘a?


The “Other” Pacific Islanders: Who is Micronesia in the NHPI Communities We Serve in Hawaiʻi’s Health Systems

Summary: Hawaii Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members, social workers, health care providers, and community members will come together to learn about the importance of data disaggregation of the Pacific Islander population in Hawai‘i centered around SAMHSA’s Recovery Model, The 12 Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor, and Papa Ola Lōkahi’s The Impacts of Colonization on ʻAhupuaʻa Conceptualization V3.0. Attendees will be equipped with learning tools to facilitate deeper connections to the Micronesian communities represented in Hawaii which can be engaged in their personal and professional practices.

Learning Objective 1
Participants will understand the history and use of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) acronym in data collection and the importance of data disaggregation for other Pacific Islanders in Hawai‘i.

Learning Objective 2
Participants will identify strategies to avoid creating harm with data-informed decision making and evaluation by understanding how data can provide context on historical and generational trauma of different population groups which can be used as a CSAC screening tool.

Learning Objective 3
Participants will engage in an immersive learning experience with cultural knowledge to develop strategies for inclusion of programming that serves the other Pacific Island communities.


DOWNLOADS & REPLAY

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