Archive | June, 2015

Trauma Informed Services, Training, Capacity Building & Facilitation

Trauma Informed Services

Using the Puʻuhonua / Creating Places of Healing Model

From Trauma to Transformation


ServicesTraining, Capacity Building & Facilitation


  • COMMON VISION / COMMON LANGUAGE – To increase the general knowledge of the Puʻuhonua / Creating Places of Healing Model, which incorporates trauma-informed concepts, research and resources.
  • TRAUMA-RECOVERY-ACTION-HEALING: To apply a 4 step approach to address challenging issues related to individual, community & historical trauma & to work toward healing & transformation.


  • COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – Pūʻā Foundation has developed the UA MAU KE EA Collection – a textbook, historical documentary and theatrical version as community educational resources. The Collection is used as a teaching tool for capacity building and training within the context of sharing stories related to historical/community trauma and connecting people today with application to their own healing journey.  It is offered to support community learning for families, students, teachers, pastors, lay people, business professionals, counselors, kamaʻaina, malahini, anyone.  Facing future – Ka Wa Mahope – learning from our ancestors, our aliʻi, from those of the past who have dealt with adversity & “trauma” & have overcome, provides inspirational examples of positive change today.

Ua Ma Ke Ea - Book Cover               Ua Mau Ke Ea - DVD Cover-1               Screen Shot for the menu of DVD copy

 About the trainers:

Toni Bissen & Pūʻā Foundation Staff

Toni Bissen is the executive director of the Pūʻā Foundation. The Foundation has been at the forefront of Trauma Informed Care Initiatives in Hawaii at the Women’s Community Correctional, Family Court, Office of Youth Services, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, Kapolei Detention Center & Home Maluhia.

For more information:

Contact Debbie Victor at 808-945-3570 or

Let us know how we can help!

Pūʻā Foundation provides a range of support focused on “Trauma to Transformation”. We facilitate and help implement the vision and strategy to address social issues dealing with trauma, healing and justice within our communities.

We help connect resources – time, talents and treasures – to fill identified needs in this area, as well as develop initiative that create higher awareness and positive change to empower individuals, families and communities.

We bridge communications between government agencies, local and international organizations, non-profit champions, for-profit businesses, faith-based groups, families and individuals in order to create collective impact and achieve solutions.

Specific examples include: facilitation, capacity building, training, community connections, development of community educational resources and materials, manage and coordinate trauma informed care initiatives, establish social enterprises, sponsor learning collaboratives, and much more.