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Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls July 26-31, 2021


Day 1

We are back at Ka Waiwai this week and we are kicking off day one in the most befitting way for a space like this: sitting in a circle. As our lovely facilitators Punihei and Makanalani inform us, the circle is about pilina and bringing in/creating/maintaining solid, healthy, and fulfilling relationships. Our first session was concerned with bringing that mana into the space and ensuring it would be there as the foundation for participants as they tell their stories over the next few days. Through this circle, the story-sharing exercises, and vulnerability, honest connection, and aloha the participants and mentors shared/made with one another, there is a stronger papa to stand on and tell their stories from. Exercises like these as well as spaces like this one serve as reminders that this camp and everyone involved are here to maintain a brave and welcome venue for anyone who feels called to it. This is a platform through which one can share their stories or the stories of their people. This is a place where people will receive those stories and hold them safely. 

Being in this pilina circle reinforced the mission that HWIF and these reel camps have. As we wrapped up for the day, everyone went around and shared a word on how they felt about the session. Day two will be a lot more filmmaking-focused and this circle helped to build a firm foundation to launch into that medium. Looking forward to what day two brings us. 

Day 2