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Coping during the holiday season

HONOLULU — For Lara Blum, it has been nearly three years since the death of her two sons’ father. But the Manoa resident said that trying to cope with his loss doesn’t get any easier for her sons Nolan, age 16, and Devon, age 11, especially around this time of year. “It’s much harder this […]

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Overcoming Feelings of Isolation

HONOLULU – A support group for children whose parents are divorced is taking on new meaning this holiday season. The group’s weekly meetings at Kids Hurt Too Hawaii have become a refuge for children who find it especially hard to cope with a parent’s divorce around this time of year. Their support group is among […]

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Looking Ahead with Enthusiasm

HONOLULU – More than 20 youth in foster care paused during their weekly meeting at Kids Hurt Too Hawaii to reflect on what they are thankful for this holiday season. The children in support group for foster youth, who are between ages 3 and 19, thrive on a safe space to express feelings found here. The […]

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Stepping in to Help Out

Donna Hodges (right) gets helpful tips from Cynthia White. HONOLULU — A difference can start with one person. Just ask Donna Hodges, a 53-year-old Makaha resident who adopted her two grandsons nearly five years ago after their mother could no longer care for them. To hear Hodges tell it, her 33-year-old daughter, Rosina, never recovered […]