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The 16th Hawai‘i International Summit is a multidisciplinary gathering of professionals working together to tackle the major issues in fields dealing with violence, abuse, and trauma.

International Summit to share latest on trauma prevention, intervention and treatment

Apr. 16, 2019

Over 120 local and international experts in the fields of violence, abuse and trauma will share their unique findings at the upcoming Hawaiʻi International Summit. The summit is supported by Ho‘omaluhia, the Hawai‘i branch of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma.

Held at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center from April 23-26, the event is open to educators, psychologists, counselors, attorneys, law enforcement, medical practitioners, military, advocates, survivors and the general public.

Platinum sponsors include Kamehameha Schools, the State Department of Human Services and the State Department of Education.

The sponsorship further strengthens KS’ commitment to keeping the haumāna in our classrooms and community programs safe and secure while creating positive environments that are crucial to student success and overall well-being.

For event attendees, the summit is an opportunity to gain continuing education credits and meet professional licensure requirements, as well as a chance to network with professionals in other fields that may provide valuable insight into how theory and research is applied in direct service.

Keynote speakers include Mackenzie Phillips (actress from “One Day at a Time” and “Orange is the New Black”) representing the Breathe Life Healing Center presenting “Hopeful Healing for the Complex Trauma Survivor,” Scarlett Lewis of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement presenting “Choose Love in Education: Be Part of the Solution,” Dr. Keawe Kaholokula of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health presenting “Healing Cultural Trauma through Cultural Empowerment,” Earl Kawaʻā MSW of Nā Haumāna presenting “Hoʻoponopono and Board and Stone: Practices that Empower ʻOhana to Heal Themselves and Community,” and Dr. Fred Luskin presenting “The Art and Science of Forgiveness.”

Summit tracks will include:  Adolescent Trauma and Youth Violence; Adult, Elder, and Family Trauma; Child Trauma/Adverse Childhood Experiences; Criminal Justice and Legal Systems, Violence and Trauma; Cultural Components; Homelessness; LGBTQ+; Substance Abuse; and Elder Abuse.

For details and to register, visit or email

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