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Eia Hawai╩╗i Lecture Series

Location: W-201

Ho╩╗oikaika ╩╗Ohana: Healing and Strengthening Families After Intimate Partner Violence.

Melenani Wai╩╗alae, a community advocate and survivor of intimate partner violence (IPV), shares her story and personal experiences as a Kanaka survivor working towards healing herself, her family, and her community through storytelling. Ho╩╗oikaika ╩╗Ohana, to strengthen family, is the name of a program offered at Domestic Violence Action Center, where Melenani is a Staff Attorney and working with survivors who need assistance with family law matters. The Ho╩╗oikaika ╩╗Ohana program aims to mend relationships through mo╩╗olelo and other cultural practices, such as mele, lei making, and hula. Melenani incorporates her experiences as a previous Ho╩╗oikaika ╩╗Ohana facilitator in the Women╩╗s Correctional Facility into her story and commitment towards addressing IPV amongst K─ünaka. As a PhD student at UH M─ünoa, she is writing her dissertation on utilizing pu╩╗uhonua to address social inequity amongst K─ünaka and intertwines her PhD research into her personal reflection and community efforts. Melenani hopes to inspire other K─ünaka to follow their calling and to h┼Ź╩╗ola l─ühui Hawai╩╗i.

For more information, contact: loorache@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7399

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