Ka Hôkû Kai
Once upon a time, there was a wise kupuna (elder), who went to the sea to contemplate. One day while walking along the shore, the kupuna looked down the beach, and saw a gracefully dancing human figure. The kupuna wondered out loud, "who would so joyfully greet this day with hula?" and began to walk faster to catch up. Getting closer the kupuna saw that the dancer was a keiki (child), who was not dancing at all. The keiki was reaching down to the sand to pick up something, and was gently throwing it into the sea. The kupuna called out to the keiki, "Aloha! What are you doing?" The keiki paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish into the sea." Surprised, the kupuna sputtered, "I guess I should have asked, "Why are you throwing starfish into the sea?" The keiki smiled brightly, pointed upward and, with exquisite simplicity, replied "The sun is up, the tide is going out, if I don't throw them in they will die." "But don't you realize," asked the kupuna, "that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can't possibly make a difference!" The keiki listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it gently into the sea, just beyond the breaking waves, and exuberantly declared, "It made a difference for that one."
Ka Hoku Kai Counseling Center, LLC is located in Hilo, Hawaii and provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. We are passionate about enhancing resiliency and believe the first step in supporting any youth is listening to the individual's and family’s needs and concerns.
Working as a team - clinician, youth, and family - is important as we strive to empower the family and help build supports and skills, while also working with the youth individually to improve his or her social and emotional well-being by developing coping, communication, and/or problem-solving skills. A trauma-informed, strengths-based approach is the foundation of every therapeutic encounter and a variety of therapeutic modalities are available, tailored to each individual's own unique needs.