Find Ways to Help Students Deal with More Pandemic Transitions Ahead

HONOLULU Magazine brings experts together May 20 in free webinar to offer tips and tools for families and students navigating what’s next.


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Students across our community have been transitioning from virtual to blended and inperson learning at different rates and models yet most would agree the school year has been unlike any other.


As our community vaccinates and moves toward more reopening, we pull together a team of experts to talk story about what we can expect for students in our families, how we might prepare for a wide range of emotions and issues worth talking about together.


We invite anyone interested to sign up for our next free virtual webinar in our Life Interrupted: Navigating What’s Next series. Tune in from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20 for Helping Students Recover and Grow.


From preschool through high school, schools transformed to reach students, finding some students preferred remote learning while others struggled. How do we help make these next steps work for us all? Those signed up for the Zoom sessions can ask questions and you can send in your questions ahead of time to or send them live on Thursday, May 20.


Click here to sign up for the session.


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If you can’t stay for the whole session at that time, come back to our website where we will make the sessions available to watch or listen to at your convenience.


Mahalo to Dr. Jason Keifer, Brain Health Hawai‘i and the Kāhala Clinic for joining us as presenting sponsor for this year’s webinars. Our series began in May, which is Mental Health Month to help draw attention to the issues, nudge us toward solutions and illuminate resources available to all of us. And thank you to our silver sponsor: Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools; and mahalo to our community partners Mental Health America Hawai‘i and NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)–Hawai‘i.


Our panelists bring a wide range of expertise from public and private schools, medicine, and mental health:


Dr Cathy BellDr. Cathy Bell has 20+ years of experience in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She specializes in emotional behavioral regulation, language and learning differences, parent coaching, and strengthening families. Her vision is to equip kids to become healthy, happy, and successful adults that contribute meaningfully to their community. She and her husband, Kimo, are launching their 18-year-old son to college this year and have two daughters following in his footsteps.



Philip Bossert Hais PhotoPhilip Bossert arrived in Hawai‘i in 1972 for a six-month teaching gig and never left. He has been a college president, Hawaiian Tel manager, Hawai‘i Department of Education assistant superintendent, deputy director for the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, university professor, technology company business owner, and now executive director of the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools.



Eduardo Jones 8112eDr. Eduardo Jones, Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala’s director of behavioral health, oversees patient programming and treatment outcomes for child, adolescent, and adult services. Jones completed his doctoral degree in clinical science at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in culturally adapted interventions and evaluating evidence-based treatments with ethnic minorities.



Stacie Kunihisa 2046ePrincipal Stacie Kunihisa from Kanoelani Elementary has been with the Department of Education for 27 years. She is highly regarded as a strong voice for public education. Most recently, she was awarded 2021 Life Changer of the Year Spotlight Award. She is also the National Distinguished Principal of the Year for 2019 and a recipient of the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in Leadership Award.



AnisaheadshotAnisa Wiseman was born in Hawai‘i, graduated from Kahuku High and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu. She is a former special education teacher, business owner, successfully lives in recovery from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She works as program director and walk manager for NAMI Hawai‘i helping others get through their crises.



Moderator: Robbie Dingeman is editor at large of HONOLULU Magazine, telling the stories of Hawai‘i. The award-winning journalist has worked in daily newspapers, television and magazines. Co-author of two books, she serves as co-artistic director of the Gridiron show, which raises money for internships for the Society of Professional Journalists.




SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Magazine Launches a Free Virtual Mental Wellness Series “Life Interrupted: Navigating What’s Next”


Look for other sessions every other Tuesday, next up after May 20 will be June 3 and June 17.