PLAYlist for the day

  • 8:30 am- 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:00 am- 10:25 am General Session and Keynote Speaker
  • 10:35 am- 11:35 am Breakout Session 1
  • 11:45 am- 12:40 pm Lunch & Activities
  • 12:45 pm- 1:45 pm Breakout Session 2
  • 2:05 pm- 3:50 pm Breakout Session 3
  • 4:05 pm- 5:00 pm Personal Action Planning; Pau

Gathering of Changemakers from Hawaii and Beyond

As Hawaii’s only conference focused on self-care and well-being, SPARK! has tapped into our network to connect with incredible guest presenters. These Luminaries are not only passionate about helping you be your best self, they are lifelong learners as well as experts in their respective fields. Each guest speaker will integrate technical teaching and adaptive work which includes experiential learning. You will leave each of your chosen sessions with specific, doable, and real-world relevant Calls to Actions.

Details on sessions to follow

SPARK Self-Care and Well-being Conference, Special Keynote. happyhpep.com/spark. The Art of Decluttering for Personal Peace: How Letting Go can Help You Find Your Spark. Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng. Founder, Peace Educator. Ceeds of Peace. ceedsofpeace.org
General Session. Fire up your flourishing! Using your character strengths and PERMA theory of well-being to ignite your spark. Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka. Assistant Specialist Faculty, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Waimanalo, Hawaii
Blue Bunnies & Fishes: A True Story of Teachers and the Light They Leave. Cedric S. F. Lorenzo, MD. FACS Assistant Professor of Surgery, The University of Hawaii Department of Surgery. Medical Director, Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery, The Queens Medical Center. Hometown: Waipahu, Hawaii
He Mana Wau: Remembering the Spark Within You. Brandy Akimo, MSCP & Dolly Tatofi, LCSW, Kailua and Kalihi Valley, Hawaii
Igniting Your Best Self through Aloha. Danny Kim, Creator, The Aloha Journal Project. Honolulu, Hawaii
“Unrealistic Expectations Are My Life”: Igniting Our Ability to Cope. Kamuela Kahoano. Musician, Na Hoku Award Winner, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Session 1. Spark a Connection. 36 Questions to Make Friends with Anyone. Celeste Parker, kia`i, Community Educator,& PUBLISHED Author Waimanalo, Hawaii
Spark 2020 General Session. Igniting Your Calls to Action: Personal Action Planning Facilitated by Ceeds of Peace. Scott Nishimoto, J.D. Executive Director, Ceeds of Peace. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session 2. Spark a Connection. 36 Questions to Make Friends with Anyone. Lyn Constantino. Director, Imua Inclusion Preschool. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. Lynn Dagli. Educator, Lifelong Learner. Honolulu, Hawaii
Firing on All Cylinders: Reaching, Maintaining, and Performing at Your Peak. Jonathan Clarke Sypert. Teaching Artist, Honolulu, Hawaii
How to Discover your Inner Glow & Shine from Within! Naoko Page. Stress Management Specialist, Ekahi Health. Honolulu, Hawaii
Spark Aloha to Power Our Community. Camille Rockett, MSW. Honolulu, Hawaii. Hometown: Waiehu, Maui, Hawaii
Unleash Your Creative Fire. Jamie Yoshida. Owner, The Bead Gallery Honolulu. Honolulu, Hawaii
We Didn’t Start the Fire: How Attachment Styles Are Passed Down Through Generations and Influence Our Adult Relationships. Dr. Susan Mrazek, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Chicago, Illinois
Warm Your Heart: The Art and Science of Compassionate Living. Shane Baguyo, School Psychologist/ Racial Equity Coach. Seattle, Washington. Hometown: Liliha, Hawaii
Illuminate Your Path Up the Autonomic Ladder: Polyvagal Theory Explains the Body and Brain’s Response to Stress. Dr. Susan Mrazek, Early Chlidhood Mental Health Consultant, Chicago, Illinois
Fill Your Bowl of Light, Kanoaokalani Switzer, Hooponopono and Hakalau Practitioner, Hauula, Hawaii
Fanning the Flames for Personal Transformation: Using the Hero’s Journey to Ignite an Understanding of Common Humanity. Shane Baguyo School Psychologist/ Racial Equity coach SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Hometown: Liliha, Hawaii
Fire, Faith, & Fitness: The Many Triads of Our Lives. LANI BOWMAN Founder, SET IT UP: Sensible Education Through Innovative Techniques and Uplifting Programs Kohala, Big island, Hawaii
Ignite and Enhance Your Mind-Body Connection. Dr. Chad Sato, D.C. Chiropractor, Life Facilitator, Speaker, and Author. Honolulu, Hawaii
Light Up Your Higher Calling with Guided Visualization. Kealapono Richardson, TogetherWExpand Founder, Honolulu, Hawaii
Fire Up Your Energy: An Introduction to Ayurveda. Christina Lizzi. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney/Yogi, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. Hometown: Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Spark Your Inner Mana/Prana. Susan Oetting, Certified Pranic Healing Instructor/ Licensed Early Childhood Occupational Therapist Kaneohe, Hawaii
Spark Your Resilience and Vibrance with Strengths Based Thinking. Susan Hoelzer. School Psychologist. Portland, Oregon
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SPARK Self-Care and Well-being Conference, Special Keynote. happyhpep.com/spark. The Art of Decluttering for Personal Peace: How Letting Go can Help You Find Your Spark. Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng. Founder, Peace Educator. Ceeds of Peace. ceedsofpeace.org
Session Description

Can decluttering help you find personal peace? What if it is possible to let go but actually gain more? What if instead of adding things to your life to “add” value, it would actually be most helpful to do the opposite– clear the clutter– to make space for even greater things in life? 

Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng will talk about the power of decluttering in all aspects of her life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and beyond. She will guide you through reflective activities that will help you determine what is most important in your life. Maya will share her go-to practices that keep her grounded and SPARKed, in hopes that they may help you shine your brightest as well.

About Dr. Soetoro-Ng

Maya serves as a consultant to the Obama Foundation, working closely with their international team to develop programming in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to her work with the Obama Foundation, she was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa where, in addition to leading outreach and development initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, History of Peace Movements, Peace Education, and Conflict Management for Educators. She was awarded a master’s degree in Secondary Education from NYU’s College of Education and a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Hawaiʻi. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaiʻi College of Education where she taught Multicultural Education, Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Maya has published a number of book contributions as well as a picture book entitled Ladder to the Moon and is currently under contract to write a Young Adult novel entitled Yellowwood. Maya sits on many voluntary boards and is the co-founder of the nonprofit Ceeds of Peace, which creates peacebuilding action plan workshops for educators, families and community leaders and is the co-founder of the Institute for Climate and Peace which advances effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-conscious futures for the wellbeing of all.

General Session. Fire up your flourishing! Using your character strengths and PERMA theory of well-being to ignite your spark. Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka. Assistant Specialist Faculty, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Waimanalo, Hawaii
Session Description

When you think of being your best version of yourself, where do you start? Do you envision “working on” your weaknesses? What if there was a better way? One that has uses less resistance and more positive momentum. What if you focused on GROWING what you are naturally already good at– your personal character strengths?

Learn more about what the Values in Action (VIA) character strengths are, how to identify what yours are, and contemplate how to use them to increase your personal well-being. You will be introduced to the PERMA theory of well-being by Seligman (2011), including its elements of Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Reflect on how you can use this information to fire up your flourishing and ignite your SPARK!

About Naomi

Naomi is the Principal Investigator/ Project Coordinator of H-PEP. She is passionate about Connection of all sorts- to those above, those around, and especially to Self within. She is a work in progress, dedicated to learning and growing alongside those who participate in H-PEP. Everything related to Positive Psychology lights her up and her top character strengths include Appreciation of Beauty, Gratitude, and Creativity. Trained in early childhood education, special education, family services, fine and applied arts, and technology and design, she strives to integrate these disciplines and use her top character strengths to provide meaningful learning experiences for H-PEPers. Waimanalo, Oahu and Hanamaulu, Kauai will always have her heart.

Spark 2020 General Session. Igniting Your Calls to Action: Personal Action Planning Facilitated by Ceeds of Peace. Scott Nishimoto, J.D. Executive Director, Ceeds of Peace. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

We made it to the end of a great conference! Are you buzzing with information and ideas? Where do we go from here?

Now that you’ve had a full day of connection, collaboration, critical thinking, courage, compassion, and conflict resolution, it is time to focus on the final “C” of Ceeds of Peace– COMMITMENT. Ceeds of Peace Executive Director Scott Nishimoto will guide you through creating your personal Action Plan. In this general session, you will take what you learned, select the Calls to Action that are most meaningful to you, and create an individualized step-by-step plan to take your renewed SPARK and share it with the world!

About Ceeds of Peace

Our mission is to raise peacebuilding leaders. We do so by creating community platforms and opportunities for adults and youth, educators, family members, service providers, those in the justice system, business leaders, the faith community, and non-profit professionals to work together in our collective pursuit to build sustainable, just, peaceful communities.

We share and model tools, activities, and best practices to develop leadership skills which we refer to as the “Ceeds” — hence our name, Ceeds of Peace.

ceedsofpeace.org

About Scott

Scott Nishimoto was born and raised here on the island of O`ahu. He was raised by two incredible storytellers, mentors, and community catalysts – Michiko and Warren, both retired oral historians. The stories they’d bring home to his dinner table about violence, injustice, and inequality inspired him to attend law school to study social justice. There, he became actively involved in community organizing and peace initiatives.  After finishing law school, he followed his passion into the non-profit world where he worked with adults with disabilities for nearly 7 years at a local non-profit called Abilities Unlimited. In his role as the Vice President of Workforce Development & Community Relations, he was able to develop several innovative programs designed to help adults with disabilities to gain employment, independence, and dignity. Even more than his qualifications, though, Scott believes it’s his identity as a father that shapes his plans and actions for Ceeds of Peace. As the father to his daughter, Elle, he has a deep personal urgency pushing him to bring his community and the world closer to this goal of peace, as distant as it may sometimes seem.

Session 1 Breakouts: 50 Minutes

We Didn’t Start the Fire: How Attachment Styles Are Passed Down Through Generations and Influence Our Adult Relationships. Dr. Susan Mrazek, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Chicago, Illinois
Session Description

Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain people and not others? Even when sometimes those connections aren’t the healthiest? 

Some of what draws us to other people are the ways in which we learned to attach to our own caregivers when we were young children. In this session, we will learn about and discuss the four attachment styles that originated in Bowlby (1963) and Ainsworth’s (1973) iconic work in the area of adult-child relationships. Participants will take an Attachment Style assessment, learn what their attachment style means as well as its advantages and challenges. With this knowledge, strategies to understand and connect with people who have different attachment styles will be outlined.

About Susan

Susan loves her work as an early childhood mental health consultant in the western suburbs of Chicago. She is employed by the State of Illinois, Caregiver Connections program to cover a two county service delivery area, supporting over 1,200 childcare providers. Her goal when working with providers is to shift their thinking around challenging behaviors, encourage them to self-reflect and understand their own triggers and strengths, and to be brave enough to witness difficult emotions and engage in hard conversations. From 2003-2015 Susan lived in Honolulu and graduated with her PhD in Psychology from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

Warm Your Heart: The Art and Science of Compassionate Living. Shane Baguyo, School Psychologist/ Racial Equity Coach. Seattle, Washington. Hometown: Liliha, Hawaii
Session Description

Would you believe me if I told you that compassion can solve the world’s biggest problems, as well as, your everyday issues?  How would you define compassion? What do you do to live a compassionate life?

According to The Center for Compassion and Altruistic Research at Stanford University, compassion is an evolutionary trait, which functions to help others, including yourself, effectively.  In this session, participants will review the research behind compassion, learn how to define it, and practice compassion meditation for reflective purposes.  Using reflective tools, participants will learn how to apply and grow compassion into different areas of their lives.  

About Shane

Shane is a school psychologist and racial equity coach for the Seattle Public Schools.  He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been tremendously influenced by our island’s deep respect and appreciation of cultural diversity.  Shane has a broad range of experiences from school counselor and school psychologist to school principal and central office administrator.  On a personal level, he loves to read, write, sing, dance, and, most of all, laugh.  He is also a husband and father of two children.  Shane is on a mission to make our world a better place by starting with himself first.

Light Up Your Higher Calling with Guided Visualization. Kealapono Richardson, TogetherWExpand Founder, Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

Want to tap into the part of you that knows why you’re here and what you can do about it?

Use your natural abilities to access and illuminate this higher calling and purpose. Through guided visualization we will bring forward important information stored within the recesses of your being to provide insights and a way forward for you and your work.

About Kealapono

Kealapono is on a spiritual journey to create a path of balance. His exploration of interconnectedness through mindfulness led him to practice QHHT, a method of Hāʻupuʻupu, or deep remembering and connection with one’s source. As a result, he created a mindfulness-based regenerative enterprise called TogetherWExpand to nurture the spiritual and healing arts.

Spark Aloha to Power Our Community. Camille Rockett, MSW. Honolulu, Hawaii. Hometown: Waiehu, Maui, Hawaii
Session Description

What do we do with our spark once it is ignited? Why do we have this bright energy within us?  How do we keep our glow when we face difficulties with people?

In this session, we will rediscover ancestral ways of feeding our fires to power ourselves, our families, and our community from the inside out. How do we Spark the Aloha and Aloha the Spark?

About Camille

A Maui girl born and raised, Camille is passionate about indigenous wisdom. She is a caring advocate and loves to see empowered people and communities. Her current role involves connecting with communities throughout the state to address health and wellbeing disparities. Camille’s personal well-being practice involves yoga, self acceptance, and most importantly, spending quality laughing time with her two keiki Rylan and Kanalu.

How to Discover your Inner Glow & Shine from Within! Naoko Page. Stress Management Specialist, Ekahi Health. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

We take time to practice external personal hygiene but how often do you think about your inner hygiene? Ever contemplate the reasons why the same problems keep coming up? Why can’t I stick to my new healthy habits?  Do I lack motivation and/or willpower?

We can have up to 60-70,000 thoughts per day. Stress Management practices can help clear the clutter to restore balance to our minds and bodies. Learn to progress through that loop using your powerful and creative mind through progressive relaxation and imagery. Learn Stress Management techniques and the reasons behind the need for this daily practice to uncover your true peaceful, magnificent self! Gain knowledge and practical tips on how to incorporate and avoid certain habits to foster overall well-being. You will learn and experience practices for seated stretching and breathing exercises to help change your inner states as well as a seated progressive relaxation, guided imagery and meditation.

About Naoko

Naoko has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and loves to teach and continuously learn the principles of yoga – mind and body awareness for personal transformation. She is a Stress Management Specialist for the ‘Ekahi Ornish program for which has graduated over 2000 participants helping to reduce/eliminate medications, lower blood pressure/cholesterol, lose weight and empower individuals to live a happier, healthier life. She believes in the Circle of Inspiration where every person can be inspired and inspire others around them no matter what their circumstances. In her free time, you will find her in the forest or ocean. She believes that nature can heal us too. She loves sparking conversations with anyone and everyone and especially loves laughing, singing and dancing and bringing joy to others.

Session 1. Spark a Connection. 36 Questions to Make Friends with Anyone. Celeste Parker, kia`i, Community Educator,& PUBLISHED Author Waimanalo, Hawaii
Session Description

When was the last time you had a truly meaningful conversation with someone you just met? Are you open enough to try?

One of our popular activities that uses the New York Times’ 36 Questions to spark meaningful interactions, this partner walk and talk session creates understanding and lasting connections. You may be surprised how good it feels to unplug from technology and experience an authentic conversation with someone new. 

About Celeste

Celeste is the OA/CTS Supervisor at Hawaii Job Corps where she has been for 11 years and held 3 other positions. She is the author of, “Silent Conversations & a Cup of Tea” and “Soul Butiful”. She has worked for various non-profits but her favorite role has been being mother to an awesome grown child, Aram who is working on his degree in Arts Media and his second book. Any chance she gets Celeste heads up to the Mauna and these days enjoys every moment she is blessed with, soultribe by her side.

Igniting Your Best Self through Aloha. Danny Kim, Creator, The Aloha Journal Project. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

What if you could live each day with higher purpose, deeper appreciation, and grow genuine connection with others through Aloha?

Danny Kim is the creator of The Aloha Journal Project, a movement to help individuals and organizations live their best lives through Aloha. Using research and best practices from positive psychology, and implementing principals of Aloha, the Aloha Journal is designed to help you feel more grateful, optimistic, generous, and connected to others.

Learn how this simple daily practice can activate a more fulfilled you!

About Danny

Danny Kim is a leadership facilitator and executive coach with the DK Leadership Group. After a 25-year career in the finance industry, Danny realized his calling in life was to help others activate their true talents and gifts.  In 2015 Danny was recognized by Honolulu Business Magazine as 20 people to watch for the next 20 years. He has spoken throughout the country on topics of leadership, resilience, mindset, and personal growth.

Session 2 Breakouts: 1 Hour

Blue Bunnies & Fishes: A True Story of Teachers and the Light They Leave. Cedric S. F. Lorenzo, MD. FACS Assistant Professor of Surgery, The University of Hawaii Department of Surgery. Medical Director, Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery, The Queens Medical Center. Hometown: Waipahu, Hawaii
Session Description

What does it take to light the fire of imagination and hope in a child?  What does it take to make a student learn to dream big and realize their true potential?

Dr. Cedric Lorenzo pays homage to the many teachers who helped light a path for him as he recounts his own story of growing up as a first generation immigrant in Waipahu’s public schools. Dr. Lorenzo will share the lasting impact his mentors have had on him and how their influence continues to guide his life decisions and career path today.

About Dr. Lorenzo

Dr. Cedric Lorenzo is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the UH Surgical Residency Program. He is a minimally invasive surgeon and Medical Director for the Queen’s Comprehensive Weight Management Program.  He specializes in diseases of the digestive tract and obesity. He also serves as Chairperson for Waipahu High School’s Academy of Health and Science which is only one of three high school academies in the nation awarded the distinction of Model Academy with Distinction by the National Career Academy Coalition.

Fill Your Bowl of Light, Kanoaokalani Switzer, Hooponopono and Hakalau Practitioner, Hauula, Hawaii
Session Description

Would you like to learn a quick way to get into the optimal state of mind for thriving and learning, even when you are in moments of high stress?

Uncle Kanoa will talk about your Bowl of Light you will start to identify the pohaku, or stones, that may be in your bowl and preventing you from shining as brightly as you were meant to. Practice getting into Hakalau, the mindset of possibility and solution, and learn about Hoʻoponopono so that you may live at your best. Learn about how thoughts physically affect your body in an interactive partner exercise. More personal tools will be gifted, depending on the group’s readiness and time.

About Uncle Kanoa

Uncle Kanoa is a Hoʻoponopono and Laʻau Kahea practitioner. His form of cultural healing is primarily based on Aunty Morrnah Simeona’s works and beliefs. Born and raised in Hawaii, Uncle Kanoa is retired from the military and worked for the General Electric Nuclear Inspections Services Division. He has studied education and healing from the perspectives of his ancestral roots as well as western and eastern perspectives. His understanding of how the mind works, the ability to explain it in everyday language (local style), and more importantly how to use this knowledge in everyday life, are what he considers his greatest gifts.

Fire Up Your Energy: An Introduction to Ayurveda. Christina Lizzi. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney/Yogi, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. Hometown: Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Session Description

What is it that causes wounds to heal, that allows hurt to give way to forgiveness, and brings peace back to a troubled mind?  It is that innate, natural healing energy inside each of us. 

Ayurveda, meaning “the science of life” in Sanskrit, can help us tap into, ignite, and align with that natural energy. In this session, you will gain a foundational understanding of this ancient healing science, learn why it is now taking its rightful place hand-in-hand with yoga in the “West,” and gain tools to apply this wisdom in your daily life. You will determine what your unique constitutional make-up is – called your dosha – based on the combination of elements in your body (ether, air, fire, water, and earth). You will learn how your dosha affects everything from your physical well-being to your interpersonal relationships, and how to tailor your habits, with an emphasis on diet, to live in alignment with your dosha. You will leave this session empowered with a new way of seeing yourself and the world and with your inner transformative fire – your agni – kindled.

About Christina

Christina is a certified yoga teacher, an environmentalist, and an attorney, who is passionate about finding both inner and outer balance.  Her yoga and Ayurveda teachers include Mary Bastien, Jennifer Reuter and Brenda Kwon from Open Space Yoga. Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, she is grateful to call Maui home.  She would love to talk with you about directing your energy to nurture yourself, our environment, and our communities. Christina was a member of the H-PEP Educator Cohort 5. Ganesha is her favorite elephant. 

Ignite and Enhance Your Mind-Body Connection. Dr. Chad Sato, D.C. Chiropractor, Life Facilitator, Speaker, and Author. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

Have you ever experienced bizarre or chronic health issues that pop up in times of stress or change? How would you like to feel empowered in your body as well as your life?

In this session, you will learn to: Identify your body’s signals before a health crisis explodes; Discover how you store emotional charges in your body and how you can use it as fuel instead of draining you; Establish an intimate connection with your body to enhance your intuition and recognize what stressors are impacting your health and life; and ow to work with your body to create the best version of you possible. Modalities you can take home: Mind-body connecting techniques to become aware of the tension you store in your body; Breathing techniques to help you reset in times of stress and deal with physical and emotional pains; and a worksheet to find mind-body harmony.

About Dr. Sato

Dr. Chad founded Aloha Chiropractic in Manoa Valley, Oʻahu in 1999. He has developed a body of knowledge through his seventeen-year practice working with thousands of individuals that has led him to pioneer his own unique method of working with health symptoms. His award-winning book, Infinite Body Wisdom, offers enlightening information about the mind-body connection. His second book, Infinite Body Awareness, serves as a resource to understand the mental/emotional elements underlying certain health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes; and action steps that can be taken to address them. Every day, through his practice, he helps people reach a new level of empowerment when it comes to their health and wellness, by guiding them to tap into their inner knowing. Dr. Chad’s intent is to help people gain confidence and trust by staying present with their body’s signs and have the ability to heal themselves.

Spark Your Inner Mana/Prana. Susan Oetting, Certified Pranic Healing Instructor/ Licensed Early Childhood Occupational Therapist Kaneohe, Hawaii
Session Description

Would you like to learn to harness subtle energy to flush out stress, boost your vitality and protect yourself from burnout and compassion fatigue? Do you want a greater understanding of the power of prana (mana, chi, ki, life force, and “the breath of life.”) and the Divine Spark within you?

During this Introduction to Pranic Healing® you will learn techniques to revitalize your life force, spark your inner strength, and accelerate progress toward your life’s work. SuperBrain Yoga® is a simple and effective technique to energize and recharge the brain based on the principles of energy and ear acupuncture to balance the left and right brain energies. Through this simple yet powerful exercise you can experience mental clarity, emotional calmness, razor sharp focus, and increased learning ability. You will be taught the Meditation on Twin Hearts where we will use the prayer of St. Francis to Bless our loved ones, people in need, and areas of the world that are experiencing difficulties.

About Susan

Susan delights in seeing souls transform as their inner potentialities spark forth through the use of positive energy, sensory integration techniques, and ancient healing arts. She has a special love for babies, young children, and the inner child within us all. Susan studied under the direct tutelage of Grand Master Choa Kok Sui (Founder of Modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga), completing intensive spiritual study in the MCKS Arhatic Yoga Ashram in India. She has been a certified Pranic Healing Instructor since 2003 and a licensed occupational therapist for over 20 years. She currently specializes in the growth and development of children ages 0 – 3 in the Easter Seals of Hawaii early intervention program.

Session 2. Spark a Connection. 36 Questions to Make Friends with Anyone. Lyn Constantino. Director, Imua Inclusion Preschool. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. Lynn Dagli. Educator, Lifelong Learner. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

When was the last time you had a truly meaningful conversation with someone you just met? Are you open enough to try?

One of our popular activities that uses the New York Times’ 36 Questions to spark meaningful interactions, this partner walk and talk session creates understanding and lasting connections. You may be surprised how good it feels to unplug from technology and experience an authentic conversation with someone new. 

About Lyn

Lyn is the Director of Imua Inclusion Preschool on the island of Maui with the experience of being a Preschool Lead Teacher and a Registered Behavior Technician. Her passion is working with children of all abilities in an inclusive setting. She is also a facilitator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute which is a program that empowers parents to become leaders in the community and to make positive change for children. She was also a participant for H-PEP Educators Cohort 2, returned as a Peer Coach for Educator Cohort 5, and presented in last year’s SPARK Conference. Although, Lyn loves to be involved in the community her favorite role is being a mom to her 2 children, Payten-Shae and Slayde.  

About Lynn

As an Educator Cohort 4 alum, Lynn is always excited to participate with H-PEP so she can absorb more of the magical sparkle that only an H-PEP event can provide. Lynn earned her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Hawaii and her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. She is passionate about teaching, tutoring, being a life-long learner, being a mom, and a happy wife. She enjoys listening to podcasts, reading, and practicing yoga. Lynn is excited about facilitating “The 36 Questions” session. She enjoys seeing participants transform as they dive deep and make meaningful connections.

“Unrealistic Expectations Are My Life”: Igniting Our Ability to Cope. Kamuela Kahoano. Musician, Na Hoku Award Winner, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Session Description

Do you feel like unrealistic expectations are your life? Have you experienced aches and pains of pushing through?

From family, to music endeavors, and many new projects, Kamuela will share his testimonial of his personal experience and tips for getting through the ups and downs of life vs. career. He will talk story about the process of recording his album and EP on an extremely tight timeline, and the family sacrifice, research, funding, and resourcefulness that it took to persevere. Learn how to limit the stress on your physical body in times of extreme pressure. Kamuela will share his personal mantra for 2020 and encourage you to reflect on your own. He will also talk about the power of relationships, especially with mentors, and help you to reflect and look inward on these topics. Kamuela will share music with you, and perhaps even play a live tune or two!

About Kamuela

Kamuela has been a supporter of H-PEP for many years. A distinguished, versatile and accomplished performer, he has a Na Hoku Award and was nominated 8 times. He has performed at 850+ weddings and 4,000+ shows worldwide. Kamuela has 5 albums and 2 EPs. He holds a Bachelors in music composition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and won the “Best of Weddings” award on the knot.com. A creative at heart, he loves to paint. Kamuela is a proud father of two keiki.

Firing on All Cylinders: Reaching, Maintaining, and Performing at Your Peak. Jonathan Clarke Sypert. Teaching Artist, Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Description

Are you ready for part arts and craft, part dance, all Spark?

We will identify the artistic nature that has been at the core of all of humanity’s greatest achievements; actively engage in harnessing our innate creativity for problem solving and opportunity building; and best of all, we will shed light on the inner artist in all of us with the purpose of igniting and fueling personal motivation into action. Be ready to turn acquaintances into team members, and to have all the fun you can handle.

About Jonathan

Jonathan has been performing and teaching performing arts in Hawai’i for 30 years, since getting his initial training from his mother who was a professional performer on Broadway. His background includes singing, dancing, acting, spoken word poetry, rapping and puppetry; as well as play-writing and musical composition. He currently serves as a Teaching Artist for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, traveling to different public and charter schools to facilitate Creative Drama classes. He brings a pedagogy of a student-centered teaching philosophy focused on helping students achieve confidence in learning to demonstrate new-found skills and abilities in any subject matter.

Session 3 Breakouts: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Illuminate Your Path Up the Autonomic Ladder: Polyvagal Theory Explains the Body and Brain’s Response to Stress. Dr. Susan Mrazek, Early Chlidhood Mental Health Consultant, Chicago, Illinois
Session Description

Ever heard of the fight or flight response? Did you know there is another automatic response termed “freeze?”

Each of these instinctive and immediate responses were developed through evolution of our human species. Our nervous systems have evolved from generations of other animals and, many times, have animal responses to fear and anxiety. However, as humans we have more complex language and problem solving areas of our brain than animals and tend to blame ourselves and others for reactive responses that truly are out of our control. If you have ever witnessed a child (or adult) tantrum, fainted or frozen out of fear, or felt an undeniable connection to another human, you already know what the autonomic nervous system feels like. In this session we will explore and discuss the polyvagal ladder, what behaviors look like at different points on the ladder and how to strategize ways to climb up out of our own stress responses. 

About Susan

Susan loves her work as an early childhood mental health consultant in the western suburbs of Chicago. She is employed by the State of Illinois, Caregiver Connections program to cover a two county service delivery area, supporting over 1,200 childcare providers. Her goal when working with providers is to shift their thinking around challenging behaviors, encourage them to self-reflect and understand their own triggers and strengths, and to be brave enough to witness difficult emotions and engage in hard conversations. From 2003-2015 Susan lived in Honolulu and graduated with her PhD in Psychology from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. 

Fanning the Flames for Personal Transformation: Using the Hero’s Journey to Ignite an Understanding of Common Humanity. Shane Baguyo School Psychologist/ Racial Equity coach SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Hometown: Liliha, Hawaii
Session Description

Have you ever felt lost in life or even completely burnt out? 

Life as an educator and/or parent can be equally filled with challenges and joy.  Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey will help you define your path in life and more importantly, find your own way.  In this session, we will unpack The Hero’s Journey, reflect on our calls to adventure, acceptance of challenges, and conquest of fears, and share valuable life lessons with each other.  Using group discussions and journals, participants will learn how to make meaning in different areas of their lives to gain a new perspective and feel greater ownership. 

About Shane

Shane is a school psychologist and racial equity coach for the Seattle Public Schools.  He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been tremendously influenced by our island’s deep respect and appreciation of cultural diversity.  Shane has a broad range of experiences from school counselor and school psychologist to school principal and central office administrator.  On a personal level, he loves to read, write, sing, dance, and, most of all, laugh.  He is also a husband and father of two children.  Shane is on a mission to make our world a better place by starting with himself first.

Fire, Faith, & Fitness: The Many Triads of Our Lives. LANI BOWMAN Founder, SET IT UP: Sensible Education Through Innovative Techniques and Uplifting Programs Kohala, Big island, Hawaii
Session Description

Are you overwhelmed with juggling the demands of family, work, life and your own personal space?

Learn how “triads” give us stability and help us create diversity in our lives. Triads are elements in our lives, life practices, which give us balance, reassurance and endurance. Learn how to establish your personal triad through hands-on fun. We will also review some best practices found in Conscious Discipline, Environmental Education, Touch For Health, Hospice, Teaching the Language of Healing, Neuro-linguistic Programing (NLP), in order to help bring balance into your life.

About Lani

As a child growing up in the rural plantation town of Kohala on the Big Island, Lani, at an early age, was eager to make connections. Organizing a circus with friends, writing a neighborhood newspaper, or rescuing stray dogs with her cousin, were some happy childhood memories that helped create her spirit of networking and activism. Lani has held various careers in science, government, health, fitness, education, and the faith community. She is an adoptive/guardian parent of 10 adult children. Lani is a Home Visitor with Tutu & Me and a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. She owns Aqua Action, an aquatics instruction company, and SET IT UP!, an educational training company.

Spark Your Resilience and Vibrance with Strengths Based Thinking. Susan Hoelzer. School Psychologist. Portland, Oregon
Session Description

Are you tapping your strengths as a way to boost your happiness, healing, resilience, success and empowerment? Are you building your life around your strengths being expressed to their fullest?

Come deepen your understanding of yourself and your strengths. Re-calibrate your outlook of challenges with a strengths based focus and reveal opportunities. Stories about the transformative effects of a strength based focus will be shared. Insights from small group activities and large group reflection will reinforce new thinking habits. This session will involve play, collaboration, mini-mindful moments, time for reflection & planning action steps.

About Susan

Susan is a school psychologist working in Portland, Oregon. She has worked as a mediator, yoga calm instructor, house renovator, landlord, and has traveled around the world. She has worked in a variety of settings and with individuals from various backgrounds. A foundation of her work has been to focus on the strengths in each individual and each situation. Focusing on loving more and leaning into challenge has brought her healing, happiness, and success. Her new favorite word is “Shazam” after watching a movie by the same name.

Unleash Your Creative Fire. Jamie Yoshida. Owner, The Bead Gallery Honolulu. Honolulu, Hawaii
Session Decription

Want to learn a new creative and crafty skill that’s a surefire way to boost your self esteem, put you in a mindful space and give you the long-lasting enjoyment of wearing your piece?

Jamie Yoshida, owner of The Bead Gallery, Honolulu will walk you through the practice of getting into the “flow” of creating with your hands and heart, which is phenomenal for mental and emotional health. Adornment is a positive symbol of self-expression, and we will create a bracelet or just a string of beads if you wish, that expresses you, allows you to make choices from your heart, and rests your mind. Be the hero of your own story!

You will learn how to select what pleases you, learn about color therapy and gemstone energies, and enjoy the sense of achievement by finishing something in a relatively short amount of time that you can gift yourself!

About Jamie

Living a life filled with color, action and creativity are the guiding principles of this true Sagittarius. Being a small business owner for 22 years has activated both sides of Jamie Yoshida’s brain, as she floats between teaching, inspiring, creating with colorful beads, and working on the website, social media, and daily office work for The Bead Gallery, Honolulu. She has a true passion for beads, creativity, and learning new things daily and can’t wait to share with you!

He Mana Wau: Remembering the Spark Within You. Brandy Akimo, MSCP & Dolly Tatofi, LCSW, Kailua and Kalihi Valley, Hawaii
Session Description

Who are you? Who are you really deep down inside? Where did you come from? Where you going? Where you think you stay now? What do feel, hear, smell, touch, taste and know to be true? Why do we do what we do?

There are so many more life-long questions that we search for answers to as we live our lives. Living in a “Poʻo” or head heavy society we are often distracted from knowing our deepest truths about who we are. How often do you stop and really pay attention to what is going on not only outside of you but within you? Come and spend some quality time with YOU! Learn about mana, HĀ and makia and how this can help you with connecting with who you are deep inside so that this radiates out from your being towards others in a way it needs to: with deep ALOHA.

About Brandy

Brandy Sienna K. Akimo was born in Honolulu and raised by her kupuna in the ahupua’a of Kailua. She has fond memories of paipai fishing with her papa at what is known as “Castles Beach” long before you could catch a glimpse of our beloved former President Barack Obama and his family swimming in the waves there. Brandy  has worked in the field of Family Strengthening and Mental Health for over 18 years. Brandy’s Motto is: O KE ALOHA KE PILI MAI – Love is what binds us.

About Dolly

And the number one question on everyone’s mind is: Is she related to Josh Tatofi? And the answer is, she most definitely is through marriage! Although she doesn’t sing as smoothly as Josh, she loves to sing just as much. She is a practitioner of Oli and continues to learn and grow in the legacy of a Kumu she never met physically but totally connects with spiritually. She is also a practitioner of Aloha and believes that enhancing connection through the discipline of Aloha will bring about peace and harmony globally. Dolly is currently in the healthcare field as a Social Worker and she continues to look for ways to deepen the understanding of what health/life is all about in order to transform what well being really is in our society.


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