Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing new stresses, and new ways of working, living, and connecting with each other. It is important, now more than ever, to ground in our values as resilient peoples, to center ourselves, and to stay connected with each other.
Kūkulu Kumuhana is a wellbeing framework built on the six principles of Ea, ʻĀina Momona, Pilina, Waiwai, ʻŌiwi and Ke Akua Mana. This tip sheet, “Native Hawaiian Wellbeing during COVID-19,” provides simple ideas, activities and reminders for self care, ʻohana care and community care.
Remember, we are descendants of incredibly akamai, resourceful, connected and resilient peoples, including our beloved Queen Liliʻuokalani. We are their living legacy and honor them through our resiliency during this time. Ola i ka lāhui Hawaiʻi!!
We know that missing school is not easy for you or your kids. We understand these are difficult times: schools are closing, businesses are closing, and weʻve been asked to stay home.
Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring the world. On-line resources can help you find projects at home. Don’t expect your child to do eight straight hours of academic activities: their age is the same number of minutes as their attention span (i.e. a 4-year-old has a 4-minute attention span). At school kids go outside, run, dance, learn to cook, climb, play games, and meditate in a scheduled routine. Make stations at home and give them options so that they can choose between things without much direction from you.
Here are some options for making the best of your time together at home.
- Pull out an old family recipe and give everyone a job
- Practice math as you help keiki count, measure, and cut
- Turn off the screens and take turns reading aloud books, magazines, and newspapers
- Look at old photographics and family stories
- Make up a story and have your keiki make up stories to tell you
- Plan for a future family activity and ask “What story would we tell about our future plans?”
- Bring out board games, cards, or make up your own games
- Play and get exercise at the same time with: hide-and-seek, “Simon Says,” and musical chairs
- Build or create something using things found around the house (i.e. toilet paper rolls)
- Draw, color, make origami, and play with Play-Doh
- Turn on a recorded exercise routine (there are apps and TV channels for this) and sweat as a family
- Go for a walk and maintain safe distances from other families walking by crossing the street or standing on the side to let others pass
Strengthen your spiritual and social connections
- Pray, meditate, or practice rituals of your faith
- Call loved ones you do not normally talk to
- Schedule alone time or quiet time so everyone gets a chance to rest
Resources in your community
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Click here for resources available to the entire State of Hawaiʻi.