Webinar #6

Stress Management & Social Isolation

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Webinar #6

Stress Management & Social Isolation

Developing “coping cards” as immediate relief during a personal crisis, and discussing the importance of activating relationships as a way to respond to a disaster.

Participants will:  

  1. Participants will define the relationship between stress management & social isolation and disaster response among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
  2. Participants will understand the complexities of implementing cultural frameworks within systems of oppression.
  3. Participants will be able to provide an understanding of the role relationships play in indigenous cultures  and how this can be used to alleviate and mediate clinical signs and symptoms of stress management and isolation in relation to serious mental illness and substance misuse. 

Lele – the altar to offer gifts to the gods.

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

Hoʻokupu – offerings of the fruits of the land and sea.

Keikikāne – iconographic representation of all children in the future.

ʻAhuʻula – a contemporary cape of innovation and protection worn by keikikāne.

Lima kūpuna – a large ancestral hand, holding space for other generations to follow.

Kiʻi mua – an avatar image to be formed and completed by the next generations to come.

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 Navigators Innocenta Sound-Kikku and Tamana Poli will present on the central topic and kūkākūkā about the webinar theme. 

Dr. Dayna Schultz, Psy.D., LSW, CSAC presents on work related stress, General Adaptation Syndrome, Eriksonʻs Developmental Stages and social isolation.

Guest Speakers Spotlight

Dr. Sione Tafuna

Malo e lelei! My name is Dr. Sione M. Tafuna. I am Tongan. My parents are Malia Pelenatita Alipate and my father is Sione Angakehe Tatafu Tafuna. My mother is from the noble village of Lapaha, the ancient capital of Tonga. My father is from the village of Kolomotu`a, the residence of the King, his royal family, and the descendants of his great nobles and fearsome warriors. My lineage and culture are indispensable to me as they define who I am, how I interact with others, and how I understand the world. 

Educationally, I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, double majoring in Sociology and History. I obtained a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Later, I obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, which is now part of Chaminade University.

Dolly M.I. Tatofi

Dolly has come to find that she is divinely guided by her kūpuna in each moment. Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, she has come to learn and experience what connection is all about due to the rich and diverse upbringing that she had in the islands. She has been blessed to work with keiki (children) to kūpuna (elders) in various capacities throughout her life as a Social Worker. She has earned a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and also a Master’s in Social Work degree. She has worked in the Mental Health field for over 10+ years and continues to serve this population currently in an MCO setting. Although understanding who you are is a life journey, she has come to realize that at this moment that her kuleana (responsibility) is to connect and support people with restoring relationships through Aloha. She believes that through daily living and being Aloha this will create, maintain and enhance the relationships we have in any space and at any time not only with others but also with self; if we are able to know who we are deep inside we will see this reflected outside of us and then will we know what Lōkahi (unity/balance/harmony) truly means and feels like.

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:

State Disaster Response Cultural Trainings: Review of Clinical Signs and Symptoms (Version 3.1)
Dr. Dayna Schultz Psy. D., LSW, CSAC
Clinical Advisor
The Māpuna Lab Department of Social Work
Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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