• Pilina – Sense of Association
    • Pikoʻu – Sense of Connection
    • Pono – Sense of Wellbeing
    • Kuleana – Sense of responsibility

Wā ʻIke ʻEhā – The Four Senses

Wā ʻIke ʻEhā – The Four Senses

This framework best describes my journey as a Resource Caregiver (RCG formerly known as “foster parent”). The literal definitions are listed beside each sense of the framework.

Pilina is being that person or that family that the child or children will be entering into. This “Sense of Association” is when you and the child or children become one family unit.

Learn more about Pilina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5hTGOl2QLE

Pikoʻu is finding that connection between child and caregiver whether it be through food, movies, games, “or other activities”. Making the effort. My mother always welcomed guests to our home whether it be announced or unannounced with food. A care pack of snacks prepared with a toiletry bag and a fresh towel is my set-up. I would love to hear how you all establish that connection.

Pono your wellbeing, the wellbeing of your family & those children are most important. It is vital to understand when the balance is off in any of those three areas you recognize it and you ask for help.The link listed below shares an article explaining the protective factors that can be a valuable resource for caregivers. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YRBGUhgiultlmEd9NrM3AiQk5xzzcWhY/view

Our last but just as important sense of this framework is Kuleana. As a resource caregiver you have a responsibility to care for yourself. It is impossible for you to help others if you do not first care for yourself. Your next responsibility is to care for your family. Then when you all are in one accord and feel you are ready as a family to take on the Kuleana of Resource Caregiving reach out, For more information on the Transitional Family Home/Respite Home program, click here.

Author’s Biography

Leina’ala Kealoha was born and raised on Maui and is currently in her 3rd semester at the University of Hawai’i, Maui Campus pursuing a degree in Hawaiian Studies. Leina’ala brings with her 20 years of experience within the hospitality industry.

Leina’ala is part of the Mu’o a’e scholarship program at the University of Hawai’i and currently serving as an intern with Ho’oikaika Partnership. She hopes to learn more about each individual partner.

In her current role, she assists with administration tasks. community outreach events and writing blog posts from the perspective of a Resource Caregiver.