The Healing Arts series is part of the Creative Wellness initiative which the Alliance developed to address the topic of mental health and wellness through the use of arts and creative advocacy. The arts are an essential aspect of life-long development and overall health, and thus a powerful tool in helping to reduce stigma, minimize the impact of mental illness, and promote wellness. Learn how creativity can foster self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, and promote a sense of personal wellbeing. No prior art experience necessary. Bring your imagination and creativity, we'll do the rest.
We want to send out a special thank you to Dr. Mestisa Gass and Amanda Martinez of Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi for all their support and hard work in making this a successful series! And of course, a BIG mahalo to all of our fantastic presenters!
Movement with Lauhala Matt
of Flow Kakou
May 6th, noon
Matt "Lauhala Matt" Hidekazu Del Rosario, owner of Flow Kakou, presents a movement-based session, sharing simple movements to do daily that help ground, connect and express.
Music with Patricia Blair
of HI Notes Music Therapy
May 13th, noon
Board-certified music therapist Patricia Blair of HI Notes Music Therapy shares the power of music as a tool for relaxation and self-care.
Poetry with writer Laurel Nakanishi
May 20th, noon
Writer Laurel Nakanishi shares accessible ways of starting a daily writing practice and how to use writing as a tool for reflection, self-understanding, and connection. No prior experience with poetry required.
The Art of Truth-Speaking
with Dr. Manulani Meyer
May 27th, noon
Hoʻopono is the first discipline found in Hoʻoponopono, the art of healing relationships within a ritualized discussion. This workshop introduces Hawaiian principles, practices, and proverbs on how to do this within your own life, and within the life of your ʻohana.
We at the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance are also being greatly affected by the shutdown. Please consider helping us advocate for & support the local creative community by donating what you can: