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Mindfulness Minute Series (5 of 6)- The Middle School Years

Our Mindfulness Minute Series (5 of 6) looks at the middle school years. As mentioned in the the 2nd installment of this series, the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is highly critical as this is where 85% of the human brain is formed and hopefully healthy, secure and consistent attachment is developed between the child and their caregiver(s). The middle school years are also a critical stage because of the biological and psychological development of your student/child. This is a stage...

Mindfulness Minute Series (4 of 6)- The Elementary Years

Our Mindfulness Minute Series (4 of 6) emphasizes self-regulation and self-awareness for your elementary-aged keiki (child). As I mention in my trainings, the strategies we use to help our keiki, “return to center” are the same strategies we can and should use in our daily lives. Stressed students cannot learn, stressed children have difficulty at home and stressed educators can have difficulty teaching and stressed caregivers . . . well, you see my point. waterford.org “seeks to blend the...

Mindfulness Minute Series (3 of 6) The preschool years- “Be one with Nature”

Kilo is the Native Hawaiian art of observation. Through Kilo , we become part of our environment by watching, observing, examining and even forecasting. Children learn best through play. During the developmental stage of a preschool keiki (child), it is important that a child has opportunities to interact with his/her environment. This is when a keiki is beginning the process of scaffolding information to make sense of the world and learn new things. Kilo can be natural for a keiki at this...

Mindfulness Minute Series (2 of 6) Caregiver and Infant time!

85% of our brains are formed in the first 1,000 days of life! Research supports that a child and their caregivers build intimate bonds, emotions are learned and shared at this critical developmental age. In our "Mindfulness Minute Series" we look at the infant/toddler years and building a strong base of support for our little keiki! This article from the good folks at Child Care Resources of Rockland provides a great tip in doing a "body scan" when interacting with your little keiki. Body...

Mindfulness Minute Series (1 of 6)

Stressed? Anxious? A little overwhelmed and you havenʻt even stepped out the front door? When are under chronic stress and our stress response system is constantly activated, what is a symptom of stress, becomes a trait or characteristic in which we (or how we may judge others) are viewed. We often respond with the, “worse part of ourselves” as oppose to a “pause and check” which allows us to respond to situations with more clarity from our “higher” brain functions. Over the next serious of...

Webinar: Hawaiʻi becomes a TIC state! Save the Date! 11/03/22 9:00 a.m (HST)

With the passing of SB2482, Hawaiʻiʻs 2022 by statute has become a Trauma-Informed Care state! Please join us on 11/03/22 at 9:00 a.m., HST, for this free webinar hosted by the Hawaiʻi Childrenʻs Action Network and PACES Connection Hawaiʻi PACES Connection Hawaiʻi. Click here to register. This webinar will cover: What is the "Office of Wellness and Resilience?" A breakdown of SB2482 The power of collective voices in building community resilience The importance of collaborative cross-sector...

48-Hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program- COHORT 1 & 2

New!! 48-HOUR HISTORICAL TRAUMA SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION in collaboration with THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAUMA ASSOCIATION We are the only entity offering a comprehensive, 48-hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program. The Program is broken into 6 levels and is built on a foundation of BIPOC cultures and neurobiology. It is taught from a multicultural perspective, injecting traditions and ideology from various cultures from around the world. In this inclusive study we rely...

Hawaii’s Democratic governor issues order bolstering abortion protections in state (

Image: Audrey McAvoy/AP Author: To read Devan Cole's article, please click here. Hawaii’s Democratic governor moved to strengthen abortion protections in the state on Tuesday, issuing an executive order prohibiting officials on the islands from cooperating with states attempting to prosecute people who received the procedure legally in his state. “I am issuing an executive order protecting women who seek reproductive healthcare in Hawaii and medical professionals who provide it,” Gov. David...

NAMI Walks- October 3rd-8th Mental Health Awareness Week

October has been designated, "Depression and Mental Health Awareness" month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is dedicated to provide resources and support for individuals and families who have been affected by mental illness. From NAMI-Hawaiʻi: " NAMI Hawaii Programs are for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness.  Through our free programs you’ll meet other families affected by mental illness of their loved ones or people living in recovery from mental...

September- Suicide Awareness Month. Kānaka Wellness and Resilience

There has been much research about Native Hawaiian youth suicide, but we should also highlight programs that infuse Native Hawaiian culture into their programming to build wellness and resilience. Programs such as, Hoʻo Kū ʻĀina , Kinai Ehā and Keiki ʻo Ka ʻĀinaʻs, "Board and Stone" class , have been a "canopy" of protection for our communities by promoting Native Hawaiian cultural practices, providing education and empowering Native Hawaiian communities. There are many more programs that...

*Risk & Protective Factor Research* Connection between childhood trauma & hunger

This is a fascinating research piece from the American Journal of Public Health that draws the connection between certain risk factors (child sexual abuse, household dysfunction and other ACE categories) and adult and child hunger. It is dated (2004), but it does highlight the need for protective factors as a successful strategy in building wellness and resilience. I am highlighting this research piece because of the issue with inflation, housing and food insecurity, we need to uplift...

Hawaiʻi becomes a TIC state!

The Office of Wellness and Resilience , was celebrated today at the Hoʻokupu Center , marking a three year journey in Hawaiʻi becoming a Trauma-Informed State! SB2482 , introduced by Senator Donovan Delacruz and signed by Governor Ige, creates an office that is tasked with building wellness and resilience in the State of Hawaiʻi through a cross-sector/public and private partnership strategy that embeds Hawaiʻiʻs rich cultural practices (Native Hawaiian and other ethnicities) of healing with...

Vital Signs: Drug Overdose Deaths, by Selected Sociodemographic and Social Determinants of Health Characteristics — 25 States and the District of Columbia, 2019–2020 (cdc.gov)

Summary What is already known about this topic? Drug overdose deaths increased 30% in the United States from 2019 to 2020. Known health disparities exist in overdose mortality rates, particularly among certain racial/ethnic minority populations. What is added by this report? From 2019 to 2020, overdose death rates increased by 44% and 39% among non-Hispanic Black (Black) and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons, respectively. As county-level income inequality increased,...

Emerging from the pandemic- Raising awareness in our early learning environments

This is a great article to raise awareness both language and social emotional development for our early learners and their 'ohana. The mask mandate (I am an advocate for wearing a mask) could potential stunt the socio-emotional growth of a child. This is why it is so important for parents in the safety of the home, help their keiki with the learning and reading of social and emotional cues. Early childhood educators should consider providing resources to caregivers to help families with...

Awareness . . . Policy & Action!

This is a great article that highlights the need to addresses the need for awareness and to grow mental health practices in Hawai'i. The article mentions the five-year Infant and Early Childhood Behavioral Health (IECBH) Plan that integrates mental health and trauma-informed care into the health and early learning systems throughout the state. A cross-sector approach to building wellness and resilience is definitely trauma-informed. Mahalo to Justina Acevedo-Cross and Erin Henderson Lacerdo...

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