Hawaii Storytellers: Understanding Mental Illness

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Ka Waiwai

1110 University Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96826

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**Update: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. We will be live-streaming the event on our facebook page so be sure to "like" us to get the alert when we go live and individual videos will be posted to our Youtube page. We hope you will join us for our next Hawaii Storytellers in May.**

One in five people struggle with mental illness, yet it is rarely spoken about due to fears about stigmatization and a general lack of understanding. Let's come together to breakdown that barrier, and dive headfirst into an evening of harrowing, inspiring, unexpected true stories from our fellow community members.

Honolulu Civil Beat in partnership with Hawaii Arts Alliance, Mental Health America of Hawaii and Waiwai Collective bring you an evening of stories told by our fellow community members on the theme of mental illness. Each presenter will share a story about their personal relationship with mental illness, including a range of conditions, difficulties and triumphs. Together, we'll take in these remarkable narratives, each designed to illuminate a different aspect of the intricacies of human mental health.

As part of in-depth Civil Beat reporting initiative, reporter Brittany Lyte explores the impact of Hawaii’s struggles with providing mental health care, as well as innovative efforts to deal with those problems. Brittany will be hosting this event. You can find all of Civil Beat's Mental Health coverage here.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the storyteller program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Storytellers include:

George Kon, Director of T-shirt theater at Farrington High School, where students find a kipuka, a safe place, to connect, share, write and direct their own short stories often on the topic of mental health.

Boz Schurr, is currently an art history and illustration teacher at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and a freelance graphic designer and fine artist. She enjoys travel, painting murals around the island, running and playing with her cat.

Anisa Wiseman, Program Manager of NAMI Hawaii State since 2017, former special education teacher, business owner, successfully living in recovery from PTSD and anxiety and has family members with addiction disorder and serious mental illness.

Mariko Chang, Major Gifts Manager at Honolulu Civil Beat. Prior to this, she helped organize Civil Beat's community events, including Hawaii Storytellers, and now shares her own story about her mother's struggle with mental illness.

Sara Mizban, Psy.D., is the Community Arts Engagement Specialist for Hawai'i Arts Alliance, supporting their arts education program Turnaround Arts: Hawai'i and spearheading a new Alliance initiative geared towards destigmatizing mental health through the use of arts and creative advocacy.

Keola Chan, Native Healer and Executive Director of 'Aha Kane Foundation for the Advancement of Native Hawaiian Males. Keola is a man who finds more substance from the oral traditions of our ancient ancestors, marked by his career as a professional Hawaiian musician and entertainer.

We invite you to participate in a series of interactive activities geared at providing you with ideas and resources to improve your own mental wellness. Our activity stations will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will include :

Mural painting with Boz Schurr

Sound Healing with Lucie Lynch

Emotional Intelligence Journaling with Anisa Wiseman

Tennis Ball Self-Massage with Niv Hemi

Crystal Grid Mandalas with Jenna Rae

Qigong with Anné Au


Food will be available for order from Ka Waiwai's Ava & Ai and a no-host bar will be available by donation. At 8:00 p.m., following the presentation, Ka Waiwai will open to the public for live music and you are welcome to stay and hang out. Please kokua that all shoes and slippahs will need to be left at the entry as this is custom practice at Ka Waiwai (and most of our homes).

The storytellers will be following these media guidelines provided by mental health professionals and receive professional coaching from Reiko Ho. Reiko is an actor, director, martial artist, sensei and currently the Programming Director at Arts at Mark's Garage.

Free parking is available in the parking lot next to Ka Waiwai after 5 p.m.

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact Civil Beat at 808-737-2300 or email your request for an interpreter to membership@civilbeat.org at least 4 business days prior to the event.



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