“Life Interrupted: Youth” Tackles Parenting During the Pandemic

HONOLULU’s second free virtual webinar on mental wellness takes place Thursday, June 4, at 1 p.m.
Life Interrupted: Youth


Our families suddenly found ourselves forced to navigate a COVID-19 world, where most everyday activities changed. Almost overnight, our children stopped going to school, parents juggled work in a new way. Even seeing close family and friends became much more complicated. Students had to adapt to learning through Zoom or working in packets picked up from school. Suddenly we were wearing face masks, sheltering at home and staying apart from friends, teachers and even parks, with little understanding of why. We strive to teach, guide and protect our children but this is a pandemic, different from what we’ve faced before. How do we help children of all ages deal with this strange time when we ourselves are unsure of the future?


Join HONOLULU Magazine and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hawai‘i on Thursday, June 4, 1 to 2 p.m., for Life Interrupted: Youth, part of a free five-week virtual mental wellness series that tackles the emotional challenges that the pandemic has created in our lives. RSVP to Life Interrupted: Youth and learn how best to parent and protect your child’s emotional wellness in a virtual talk story session led by forum moderator (and HONOLULU Magazine editor at large) Robbie Dingeman plus a curated panel of subject-matter experts there to answer your questions, as well as offer tips, strategies and advice for parenting in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.






Danny Goya is a trauma informed care trainer and resilience coach. He's an educator with more than 15 years of teaching experience in Hawai‘i public and private schools, community college and international settings. He's been a community connector for 13 years of non-profit and community work and a trauma informed care trainer for the Community Resilience Initiative. He serves as early childhood coordinator for Partners in Development Foundation. 




Kevin Kuich

Dr. Kevin Kuich is Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala’s Chief Medical Officer. He is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency, internship and fellowship with the University of Michigan Health Science. Dr. Kuich leads patient care at Kāhi Mōhala with an aloha-inspired interdisciplinary approach to emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral health care treatment.




Anisa Wiseman was born in Hawai‘i, lived on the Mainland for some time, and graduated from Kahuku High on the North Shore of O‘ahu. She went on to get her bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu. She is a former special education teacher and business owner, successfully lives in recovery from PTSD, anxiety and depression, and has family members with severe mental illness and substance abuse. When you have a single parent with a severe mental illness without the proper health care or support, then comes everything else: the domestic violence, homelessness, etc. She currently works as program director and walk manager for NAMI Hawai‘i, where her experience is able to help others get through their crisis. 




Robbie Dingeman is the editor at large of HONOLULU Magazine. The award-winning journalist has 25 years of experience telling the stories of Hawai‘i in daily newspapers, magazines, television and on the web. She co-authored two books and serves as co-artistic director of the semi-annual Gridiron news parody show, which raises money for internships for the Society of Professional Journalists.