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Our Projects

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Oceans of Reflection Mural Project

Art, as a powerful tool for processing feelings of unsafety and fostering connection, takes center stage in the “Oceans of Reflection” project. By bringing together community elders and artists in culturally-centered storytelling and mural creation, the project aims to empower Micronesians to see themselves as an integral part of their new home. Beyond this, the mural seeks to reveal cultural parallels to the people of Hawai’i, weaving origin stories across the islands to evoke inherent energies of resilience and strength and avert substance misuse.

Contact: Carol Ann Carl


Ka Wehena O Ke Ao

Ka Wehena o Ke Ao is an innovative process that will be undertaken by Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing instructional faculty and faculty specialists to support two facilities operated by the Hawai’i State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide proof of concept for future culturally-grounded re-entry services. The goal of the reentry meetings is to assist participants to have specific culturally-anchored insights into health and healing, specific communication tools that are culturally-grounded and to receive support in engaging healing, client-centered conversations with family members and support persons on the outside who will be assisting them in reintegrating into their homes, daily lives and employment after they are released from the custody of the facility. The people served by reentry meetings will be men and women and their familiar relations, close relationships and support networks who, as units, have been assessed by the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) staff and will be referred to the Project’s service providers at University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu (UHWO).

Contact: Kauʻi Merritt


Hawaiʻi Opioid Initiative Evaluation

Contact: Katherine Burke


Kanilehua Framework

The Kanilehua Curriculum centers on a cultural and linguistic framework that teaches us to understand public health as a relational process and that everyone involved has a very important role. In the Kanilehua Framework cycle, the Kanilehua rain, named for a rain that falls in Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island, falls from the sky toward the earth. Over time this rain water percolates through hard rock into the pahu moanaliha or underground aquifer.

Contact: Katherine Burke


The many hands that come together - the hands are the people. The hands are the work that makes it all be done for everyone's benefit."


(c. 1540-1634)

Kākuhihewa is the 15th aliʻi ‘aimoku (ruling chief) of O‘ahu famously named in the mele “Kaulana Nā Pua.” Kākuhihewa was a kind and friendly chief who was born in Kūkaniloko and raised in the ‘Ewa moku. His primary endeavor was farming, and it is said that his abundant harvests on O‘ahu could be smelled from Kaua‘i.

Today, there is a state office building named after him in Kapolei.