In Hawaii, all keiki & ohana have what they need for wellness & resilience.


Hawaii schools, families, & communities will champion collaborative, sustainable systems to support awareness & meet the mental health needs of our keiki.


The Project HI AWARE & School Climate Transformation grants span three complex areas and the Hawai'i State Department of Education.  

We have many personnel working as part of local & state level teams.  In the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area, we have three positions which are funded by the grant.


Joy Hohnstine


Community School Mental Health Professional

Jolynn Walther


In 2014, the Hawaii Department of Education was 1 of 20 state educational agencies awarded these grants. The grants serve 2 areas on the island of Oahu & the Kau-Keaau-Pahoa complex area on the Big Island.


These grants support discussion & activities which:

Increase mental health awareness and reduce the stigma about mental health.

Engage youth, families, and communities in activities and decision making which address mental health awareness and services.

Improve our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to mental health needs by providing training and support to youth, school personnel, families, and community members.

Provide safe learning environments for ALL students and positive school climates which are responsive to student, staff, and community needs. 

Help make connections between mental health providers such as schools, community agencies, faith-based and culturally-based practitioners and our students and families.

Other HI AWARE sites in Hawaii

Our Partners in Wellness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at    1-800-273-TALK (8255) and follow their guidance.

Crisis Text Line

Text trained crisis counselors about anything that's on your mind.  Free. Confidential. 24/7.

Text  741-741

If danger for self-harm seems imminent, call 911.