P`INK

Pu'uawai, 'Ike, Na'au, & Kino

#Project P`INK

Who we are...

Wāhine (women) suffer from higher rates of poor mental and emotional health compared to men.  This is the result of increased rates of sexual violence, domestic violence, and psychological stress caused by their increasing multiple roles in family and gender discrimination in society. Project PʻINK establishes a contemporary hale peʻa (menstrual house) to support healing and bridging connections with self and other wāhine using hana noeʻau (art) and the PʻINK approach to mental health. In wā kahiko (old times), Native Hawaiian wāhine entered into hale peʻa for rest and relaxation during their menstrual cycle.  In hale peʻa wāhine would fellowship with each other away from their kuleana (responsibilities).  Rest, relaxation and healing amongst other women would allow them to return to their kuleana.  Our goal through project Project PʻINK is to provide a safe space for wāhine to explore their true identity, away from all of the physical, emotional, and mental stress that wāhine today face daily.

The first Project PʻINK was developed by Dr. Ischmael Stagner for incarcerated wāhine and funded by Liliʻuokalani Trust. The program then grew to work with widowed wāhine. Today, PʻINK addresses wāhine’s holistic health through the facilitated exploration of their Puʻuwai (heart, emotional health), ʻIke (knowledge, intellectual health), Naʻau (gut, of the heart and mind, mental health) and Kino (body, physical health).  Through biweekly sessions, Project PʻINK has been able to create a puʻuhonua (place of refuge) for wāhine to learn, grow and heal.  A place where wāhine can learn indegiounous and modern forms of hana noʻeau.  A place to learn how to be comfortable with their true selves. This presentation will discuss how PʻINK was conceived, developed, and implemented, the wahine participants’ feedback, and our future plans for PʻINK.

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Project PʻINK is an all womanʻs program in Waimānalo that heals and bridges connections using art and mental health healing strategies. P’INK addresses wāhine’s holistic health through the facilitated exploration of their Pu’uwai (heart, emotional health), ‘Ike (knowledge, intellectual health), Na’au (gut, of the heart and mind, mental health) and Kino (body, physical health) utilizing kūkākūkā (talk story) strategies and hana noʻeau (art). Project PʻINK establishes a contemporary hale pe’a, which in wā kahiko (old times), Native Hawaiian wāhine entered into hale pe’a for rest and relaxation during their menstrual cycle. In hale pe’a wāhine would fellowship with each other away from their kuleana (responsibilities). Rest, relaxation, and healing amongst other women would allow them to return to their kuleana. Our goal through project Project P’INK is to provide a safe space for wāhine to explore their true identity, away from all of the physical, emotional, and mental stress that wāhine today face daily.Project PʻINK is an all womanʻs program in Waimānalo that heals and bridges connections using art and mental health healing strategies. P’INK addresses wāhine’s holistic health through the facilitated exploration of their Pu’uwai (heart, emotional health), ‘Ike (knowledge, intellectual health), Na’au (gut, of the heart and mind, mental health) and Kino (body, physical health) utilizing kūkākūkā (talk story) strategies and hana noʻeau (art). 

Project PʻINK establishes a contemporary hale pe’a, which in wā kahiko (old times), Native Hawaiian wāhine entered into hale pe’a for rest and relaxation during their menstrual cycle. In hale pe’a wāhine would fellowship with each other away from their kuleana (responsibilities). Rest, relaxation, and healing amongst other women would allow them to return to their kuleana. Our goal through project Project P’INK is to provide a safe space for wāhine to explore their true identity, away from all of the physical, emotional, and mental stress that wāhine today face daily.

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