Online Wellbeing Series

With the generous support of Hawai‘i People’s Fund, LAING Hawai‘i is proud to launch our online wellbeing workshop series steeped in ancestral and cultural knowledge to provide an outlet for collective healing and to sustain our community in this time. These workshops feature cultural practitioners versed in ancestral healing knowledge; mental health professionals that will provide tools for dealing with stress and trauma during this time; and movement practitioners and educators.


Frontline Workers Talkback & Toolkit

Saturday, May 23, 2020
10 AM – 12 PM

Join LAING Hawai‘i for a conversation with frontlines medical workers
Marianela Jacob, MSN, APRN-BC
Dr. Noelani Hobbs
Elaine Hicks, MaSP, MSW, CSAC, CFE

We will discuss the speakers’ personal experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts of traumatic events on the mental health of essential workers, and tools to support yourself through the next phase.

Marianela Jacob APRN, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner with private practice in Waipahu Hawaii. She is also the current president of LAING (Language Acquisition and Immersion for the New Generation) a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the cultural, linguistic, artistic, and literary heritages of the immigrant communities of Hawaii.
Marianela served as a Board of Trustees of the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation 2018-2019. She was also a Past President of Philippine Nurses Association Hawaii 2010-2012.
She received numerous awards including the PRIDE award, the most prestigious award from PNAH dated 2012, and Best Researcher Award from Filipino Nurses Organization of Hawaii dated 2011.

Noelani Coreen Cadiz Hobbs is a board certified family medicine physician. She’s a local girl, born and raised in Oahu; graduated from Pearl City High School and the University of Washington; finished her medical degree at the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Arkansas. She currently practices with her mother, Dr Corazon Cadiz Hobbs-Oshiro in Waipahu. Her interests include dancing, singing, writing poems, and traveling. She is a former Woodsonette at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy where her ballet, tap, jazz and hula led her to an exciting 2 seasons as an NFL Cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks. She is happily married to her loving (and extremely patient) husband, Bruce Jackson, and is proud mama to two handsome sons, Myles (15) and Kainoa (4). She is on the Board of Governors for the Philippine Medical Association of Hawai‘i and is honored to serve the Filipino community.

Elaine Hicks, MSP, MSW, CSAC, CFE, Ph.D. Candidate is an educator, social worker, counselor, and compassion fatigue prevention educator who advises individuals and organizations on how to prevent burnout and provider compassion fatigue. She studies the science of inspiration, well-being, and post-traumatic growth. She holds advanced degrees in psychology, applied forensic psychology, organizational psychology, and social work. Elaine is also certified in art, mindfulness, and well-being therapy among other modalities. She has worked extensively with the severe and persistent mentally ill and homeless population on Oahu since 2009 and currently works with UH Manoa on a federal grant. Elaine had the distinction to be a presenter at TEDxHonolulu providing information on the concept of flow and has spoken at numerous conferences on provider well-being. Currently, her CEU bearing course on compassion fatigue prevention is approved and offered by the Hawai‘i State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

Instagram @sparkprojecthawaii

Atang: Resilience & Ancestral Healing Practices for Everyday Ritual

Saturday, May 30, 2020
10 AM – 12 PM

Julz Bolinayen and Jamee Pineda will empower attendees to use ancestral practices to care for themselves and their households during quarantine by sharing about being in balance with Diwata and Anito.

Julz Bolinayen, Hilot Binabaylan

Julz Bolinayen S. Ignacio (they/them) is an Ilokano-American non-binary queer healer and artist who intuitively weaves energy, song, spirit ink, spiritual guidance and intuition through ritual. Julz is a Tattoo Ritualist, Spiritual Mentor + Coach, and Hilot Binabaylan currently based in Honolulu, O’ahu in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.

Full bio and info at
IG: @julz.bolinayen

Jamee Pineda, LAc, MAcOM, MPA
Hilot Binabaylan

I am a queer, trans, nonbinary/genderqueer person of Tagalog ancestry. I graduated from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine in 2015. In 2020, I studied with Rev. Apu Adman Aghama and Rev. Lakay Alsent Magbaya Aghama. I became a certified hilot binabaylan through the Hilot Academy of Binabaylan. I value practicing medicine that encompasses physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and mental well being. I also look at how cultural, political, and environmental factors impact health. It is a goal of mine to support patients in having an active role in their healing and to assist them in shifting towards behaviors and choices that better serve them.

IG and FB: @jameepinedahealingarts

Check Da Tekniq: Tinikling Tutorial

Saturday, June 6, 2020
10 AM – 11 AM   &   11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Learn about tinikling, the traditional bamboo stick folk dance from the Philippines, then try your hand (and foot) at some of the basic movements with Gabe Torno from Tekniqlingz.

Gabe Torno is born and raised on O’ahu Hawaii and is a lifelong resident of ‘Aiea, O’ahu. He is a graduate of Chaminade University in Honolulu with a Masters of Business Administration (with concentration in nonprofit management). He is also a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies. He works for the Department of Defense and had previous positions with various educational nonprofits such as AmeriCorps, Bishop Museum, Read Aloud America, and Island Pacific Academy. He is the founder and executive director of Tekniqlingz, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen ethnic identity and cultural awareness through education and the perpetuation of the Filipino culture in art, music, and dance.

Not Mom’s but Lola’s Sex Talk: A 2020 Primer for Filipinx Pamilya + Extended Ohana in the Time of Corona

Saturday, June 13, 2020
10 AM – 12 PM

Grace Caligtan offers this on-line discussion on sexual wellness to help facilitate needed conversations on healing shame and creating more sex positive and body affirming spaces for local Filipinx youth and pamilya. Grace hopes this culturally specific conversation will inspire us to re-imagine what coming of age and coming out together as pamilya and a community can mean in this time of Covid.

Grace Alvaro Caligtan (pronouns: she, her, and they) serves as an adjunct Public Health faculty at Hawaii Pacific University and teaches Sexuality in Health and Society.  Grace also serves with Planned Parenthood in the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands as a Community Outreach Educator and trainer for family programs that supports parent-child connection and strengthens family communication on sexual health. As a cultural worker and writer, Grace co-wrote and produced My Body, My Space as a way to support families to break silences. The characters in her play were embarrassed to talk about their emerging sexuality and harm that had been done and they needed the adults in their lives to listen more closely to their youth as they became balasang and barok.  

Mental Wellbeing for Filipinx Students

Saturday, June 27, 2020
10 AM – 12 PM

Chachie Abara, Jessica Gacuma, Danica Marielle Ola, Lexi Mendoza & Jay Page are current students and recent graduates gathering for a discussion on Mental Health & Wellbeing for Filipinx Students. Join us as we address issues affecting our youth currently in or recently graduating from high school or college. Speakers will address topics from intergenerational resilience, trauma, substance abuse, cultural identity, and general mental health for those in the education system.

Kumustakayo gagayem! My name is Chachie A, and I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology and Ilokano studies. For me, ever since I have found myself through my cultural heritage I wanted to be an outlet of change to the next generation especially being boldly unafraid to share my experiences to those who have yet to come. I aspire to become an Ilokano instructor as well as obtaining my Master’s Degree into Social Work where I am able to be a Mental Health advocate for the Filipinx Diaspora.

IG: @reclaimingfilipinxidentity where I interview individuals of the Filipino American community in Hawaii to gain more a better understanding and to capture the narrative of the people here.

Danica Marielle Ola is a Junior at Mills Collegein Oakland studying Biopsychology. She founded and serves as the President of Mills College’s first Filipino Student Organization—Kapwa. She also serves as the representative for the Filipino community on the South Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander Committee where she creates large scale events that educate the Mills community on Filipino culture. Danica was recently awarded the Asian American Leadership Award at Mills College along with Kapwa receiving the Student Organization of the Year Award. When Danica is not creating events for campus, she spends her time studying for her psychology classes while also researching more about the Filipino Mental Health Diaspora, Acculturative Stress, and Intergenerational Trauma. She also works closely with the Asian Community in the Bay Area to amplify Asian voices and struggles.

Born and raised in Oceanside, California – Jessica Gacuma can trace her Bisayan and Kampampangan ancestry back to her great-great grandparents from maternal and paternal sides. Making the move to Hawaii in 2013, she journeys through her identity and acceptance of self. Jessica faces an uprising beyond her identity that reflects pain and trauma that has been long suppressed. Like her and many others in the collective, Jessica confronts the darkness, and the stillness of it all. Her awareness through self, dreams, and reality combined create a beacon of Light with her kapwa (sisters and brothers). A Bachelor in her field of study, Jessica navigates through every cell in itself to shed light on where it all began. She studies the being of her humanity before she can project the truest depth of Spirit. Jessica continues to reflect and heal the known yet unknown pain of toxicity and neglect of mental and emotional health.

IG & FB: @projectkalinawagan
@AgtaSeeds —– launching June 3rd

Jay Page was born in Pasay City, Philippines and raised in the Bay Area on 90’s Hip Hop and the Hyphy Movement. Introduced to API/Latinx Studies at UC Davis, she is now an MSW student at UH Manoa. Jay’s work focuses on Pilipinx American history and culture, mental health (specifically, intergenerational conflict and trauma); and Pinay empowerment. Jay is the former organizer of Educational Programs with San Jose-based LEAD Filipino, creating free FilAm studies curriculum and leadership training programs, as well as a former addictions counselor. Jay’s goal is to provide the general public with literature and training on culturally-respectful practices with FilAm clients. 

IG: @MaharlikaMH

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