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"From the heart and soul, Mahalo Nui Loa. I haven’t smiled and laughed like I did in years.”
- Wellness Day Program Participant
This year, we also held two Wellness Days to serve our Hawai‘i community. The first took place in August at a beautiful space at the foot of the Ko‘olau Mountains with majestic views of the Windward Coast and the rainforests of O‘ahu. All the participants at this session were youth in foster care and/or transitioning out of foster care, ranging in age from 14- to 21-years old. The Healing & Wellness team collaborated with our Hawai‘i-based staff to provide age-appropriate activities exploring the impact of trauma in the body and how to maintain wellness through the healing process. It was a very meaningful experience for all of us to serve this community, and their positive attitudes and resiliency were simply inspirational.
At the end of June, we held a deeply moving Wellness Day on O‘ahu for 40 survivors. There were women in attendance from throughout the island and from all walks of lifewomen referred by private therapists, women from local domestic violence shelters, residents from a transition program for women coming out of prison and many referred by local domestic violence and sexual assault service organizations. Our day was a nurturing experience, and for many, a life-changing one. It consisted of a nutritious meal—for many, the only meal they would have that day—wellness workshops on health and nutrition, yoga, Chi Kung and acupressure, as well as healing through art, and with childcare provided, for many, a time to truly focus attention and care on themselves.