December Newsletter


It’s time to be thankful. My birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day this year, giving me a double reason to consider my blessings.

We had 14 near misses from hurricanes and tropical storms this year. The storm paths made a lei all the way around the islands. I complained about the times the roads closed for flooding, but I know how fortunate I am. My friends in Saipan spent several months without electric power or running water after a major typhoon at the end of July. I had a dry roof over my head as the rain fell at 2 inches an hour, instead of a leaky tent or tarp like my homeless neighbors.

I don’t get everything I wish for. If I did, all children would grow up safe, healthy, and ready to succeed; our roads would be free of potholes; and I would never have to worry about whether Hawaii’s youth serving organizations had the resources to meet the needs in their communities.

On Kamehameha Highway in Waiahole Valey, someone has painted a sign that says, Enjoy the good and simple things. So when I’m stressing because I have a million things to do to prepare for the Christmas holidays while trying to pack and move the HYSN office, I’m going to take a moment to enjoy the simple things. I’m going to go the Honolulu Hale and enjoy the Shaka Santa dabbling his toes in the pool and the decorated trees. I will share my homemade cookies with friends and appreciate the smiles as they taste their favorites. And I’ll tell my family and friends how much I love and cherish them.

Wishing you all a joyous and peaceful holiday season.



MMTM is a filmmaking program for girls (cis, trans, and non-binary youth). During the program, participants learn how to make a short film and develop film and critical-thinking skills by examining issues that affect them and their communities.

Making Media That Matters provides a platform for girls to tell their stories and be agents of social change through film.
January 22 - April 15 Fridays
4:00 to 7:00 pm
ages 13-19

Deadline to apply: December 6, 2015.

Register here

Please note, MMTM will contact participants after the deadline for a short interview and confirm your participation to the program.

Organized by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking

Hosted at the Hawai‘i Filmmakers Collective 3167 Waialae Avenue, Kaimuki

For more information, please email vera@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking, or call: 808.206.0848.


The Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services report provides data on alcohol and drug treatment services delivered by agencies funded by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) of the Hawai‘i Department of Health during state fiscal years 2010 to 2014. Comparisons across a five year period are provided in this report to highlight trends in treatment services, clients, and outcomes. The report was developed by the University of Hawai‘i’s Center on the Family in collaboration with ADAD. The report aims to increase knowledge and understanding of substance abuse treatment in Hawai‘i, which is an important step in improving services for those who require assistance in overcoming an addiction. Data highlights pertaining to adolescents (17 years and younger) who received state-funded services during the reporting period include:

  • Of the 3,929 clients who received services in 2014, 53% were adolescents.
  • In all reporting years (2010-2014), marijuana was the primary substance for the majority of adolescents (60% - 62%), followed by alcohol (28% - 32%).
  • All adolescents (100%) were admitted to the outpatient (96%) or intensive outpatient treatment (4%) programs.
  • In 2014, adolescents were more likely to complete treatment with some drug use (28%), compared to 9% of adults and less likely to complete treatment with no drug use (37%), compared to 49% of adults.
Download the report



Two day workshops to be held on Hawaii Island:

December 3 & 4, 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
West Hawaii Civic Center
Community Hale (Building G)

January 7 & 8, 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Classroom Building, Room 114

Provides training in how to recognize, assess, and support a person in crisis.

Pre-registration is required in order to attend. Call Nancy at (808) 333-8988


Facilitator Training
for Teachers, Parents, and Social Service Providers
for OWL Junior High [7th - 9th Grade]
and Senior High [10th - 12th Grade]

Friday, January 8 [6 - 9 p.m.]
Saturday, January 9 [8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.]
Sunday, January 10 [noon - 4 p.m.]

Program Goals:

The overall goal of Our Whole Lives is to create a positive and comprehensive life span educational program that helps participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. This workshop will introduce and provide practice in using the Our Whole Lives Program for Junior High and Senior High Students. The workshop concentrates on values, methods, and educational techniques.

Cost: $150 per person. [$125 if paid by December 11, 2015] First paid, first registered; some partial scholarships are available. This workshop is limited to 16 participants. Make checks out to The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. For registration application, please contact Nan Kleiber by email at To register for this program, please fill out the attached form, including a statement about why you wish to participate, and send it with your check to

OWL c/o Religious Education
The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu
2500 Pali Highway, Honolulu Hi 96817.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 18.


This webinar will present on the challenges posed by the quantitative health information we share with health care consumers. It will include a brief review of the prevalence and health impact of low numeracy skills in the United States identified by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a large-scale assessment conducted in 2012. It will then review the impact of low numeracy on health care consumers' abilities to use health data in meaningful ways and discuss communication strategies to overcome these barriers.

Register now for this FREE webinar!

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the numeracy skills of adults in the United States as measured by the PIAAC.
  • Identify some of the ways that adults with low numeracy skills have difficulty using or interpreting health data.
  • Identify evidence-based communication methods that improve understanding of numerical health data.
The Health Communication Matters Series will help participants in all walks of public health to apply techniques to communicate effectively with consumers, health professionals, disenfranchised communities and your public health peers.

Learn more about upcoming and archived events in the series here.



Hawaii Youth Services Network is moving its office on December 22 – just to a different suite in the same building. Our new address will be:

677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 904
Honolulu, HI 96813

We have some desks and cubicle dividers we want to give away. If you are interested, contact Jennifer Fonseca (531-2198 ext.2 or e-mail to You will need to pick them up by Dec. 22nd. Please see photos below