Webinar #4

School, Childcare & Job Security

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Webinar #4

School, Childcare & Job Security

Exploring cultural values and examples of “work and home” life which catalyze the active participation of every family and community member.

Participants will: 

  1. Participants will define the relationship between school, childcare, job security, and disaster response among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 
  2. Participants will define how community-based solutions promote school, childcare, and job security.
  3. Participants will be able to identify coping mechanisms for this topic and understand how active participation in family and community is present in clinical signs and symptoms of serious mental illness and substance misuse.

Nā Lupe – Kites symbolizing prayers and chants as the highest form of offering. 

Ka Lele – Altar to offer gifts to the gods. 

Nā ʻUmeke – Calabashes symbolizing containers to hold wisdom traditions, values, language, and culture.

Ka Wai Ola – The living water, all that represents the elements, life giving resources.

Hāʻule ka lā

Hāʻule ka pō

Hāʻule ka lani

Hāʻule ka nīʻau

Hōʻale ka lepo pōpolo

The sun falls

The night falls

The heavens fall

The structure falls

The black soil billows

Translation provided by Kuʻulei Perreira-Keawekane:

Application: Huli ka lima i luna, make. Huli ka lima i lalo, ola. A call to take hold of personal agency and re-establish a relationship to the fertile soil that produces food for the self, family, and community.

ONE: Wai Wai Waikumu

ALL: Waikumu

ONE: Waikumu Kamane

ALL: Kamane

ONE: Kamane Kamao

ALL: Kamao

ONE: Mai Mwichuwich kirisitiw

ALL: Kirisitiw

ONE: Rekin iwa edumute

ALL: Edumute

ONE: Wai Wai Waikumu

ALL: Waikumu

Application: A call to the community to come together in one rhythm. 

Following the opening ceremony, Community Navigator Innocenta Sound-Kikku will present on the central topic and kūkākūkā about the webinar theme. Featuring Yoko Liriano, Co-Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Workersʻ Center.

Graduate research assistant Vivienne Nguyen presents comparative studies of acculturative stress compiled by Dr. Dayna Schultz, Psy.D., LSW, CSAC.

Guest Speakers Spotlight

Ikaika Hussey

Ikaika is a community organizer and the founder of Hawaiʻi Federated Industries, a worker-led social enterprise aiming to strengthen Hawaiʻi’s economy through projects in decarbonization, food security and local production. He is the former editor of Ka Wai Ola and the founder of The Hawaii Independent, Summit Magazine, and Maoliworld, and a co-editor of A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty, published by Duke University. Much of Ikaika’s energy is devoted to working on reversing climate change. He is a proud member of UNITE HERE Local 5, and a leader in The Aikea Movement, a workers rights movement seeking to build power for Hawaiians. Ikaika lives in Kalihi, and was raised in Kāneʻohe.

Yoko Liriano

Yoko Liriano is a QWOC of Japanese and Dominican descent, raised in Kapolei. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Hawai’i Workers Center, a non-profit organization that organizes non-union, low wage workers to defend and advance workers rights.  Although the Hawai’i Workers Center is but 2 years old, Yoko has been organizing migrant workers and solidarity groups for over a decade from New York City to Chicago.  Yoko holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Springfield College.  Yoko is also the Co-Chair of the Hawai’i Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (HICHRP).

Our Training Kits

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for this webinar. For more information, please email uludrs@hawaii.edu. Please complete this survey to receive your CEUs:

Indigenous Framework Review (Version 1.1)
The Māpuna Lab
Department of Social Work
Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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