POHAKU meetings start tonight

Project POHAKU (Productive Optimism Helps All Kaua‘i Unite), a culturally based restorative justice program established by the Kaua‘i County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, will host stakeholder meetings this week.

The first meeting will be held at 5 p.m., tonight, at Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center. The second will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center in Lihu‘e.

Both meeting locations will be Community Service Worksites for Project POHAKU, a program that uses an enhanced educational community service program of restitution rather than conviction, incarceration or probation and a criminal record.

The program is named for the pohaku, a poi-pounding stone in use on Kaua‘i since ancient times. The word has other root meanings as a “spiritual coach” that helps people revive a sense of appreciation and respect for Earth, for others and themselves in the Huna system.

The class utilizes “Hooponopono,” the act of accepting responsibility for actions in order to begin the path to self-forgiveness and to understand what can and cannot be changed in life.

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