Family Stories

Healing from Domestic Violence

Learning to Care for Others

Kanani, 8, a victim of domestic violence, learns to care for others while a mentor guides her in making poi at the Kanewai Lo’i during the monthly mentoring activity Poi for the Soul.  “As a single parent, I have often felt isolated and alone. Kids Hurt Too helped us bond and create wonderful and meaningful family memories,” said Kanani’s mother who suffered years of physical and psychological abuse from their father who struggled with drug addiction. She found shelter to keep them safe and Kids Hurt Too Hawaii to help her two children heal.

Poi for the Soul is provided monthly because taro cultivation teaches us how to live with respect and care for others. Respect for others decreases violence.

Through Kids Hurt Too Hawaii’s positive peer activities, grieving and traumatized children not only receive support but also support each other. They practice respect for others and gain a sense of community responsibility.