Mana Mauli Ola Nā Wāhine: The Strength of the Breath of Life / Power of Healing Women, Hosted by Pouhana O Nā Wāhine


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During the week of action, the Pouhana O Nā Wāhine (PONW) will share the herstory and mo'olelo (story) of various Akua Wāhine (goddesses) in efforts of reclaiming the identities of Native Hawaiian women, while shifting the perspectives on Akua Wāhine from negative back to a positive light. Prior to colonization, wāhine were highly cherished and respected for their gifts of being nurturers and warriors in the same vain, only to be currently viewed as negative and destructive and forced to be silenced. This presentation further emphasizes the importance of returning to culture as a foundation for identity as wāhine while not being lost or negatively affected by colonization. PONW is dedicated to ensuring this shift continues through actions that revitalize and recognize our Akua Wāhine.  In sum, PONW will highlight Akua Wāhine with the intention of restoring their sacredness, reclaiming their power, and reviving the importance of the impact Akua Wāhine have on our lives as Native Hawaiian Women.

(All times are in Mountain Time Zone)

Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5 | Every day at 2:00 pm
Mana Mauli Ola Nā Wāhine: The Strength of the Breath of Life / Power of Healing Women, Hosted by Pouhana O Nā Wāhine


Fay or Aunty Nanifay Paglinawan
is our kupuna (elder), founding member of, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pouhana O Nā Wāhine and has been a long-time advocate in the domestic violence movement for over 40 years. She retired from Women Helping Women (WHW), a non-profit agency that provides a comprehensive continuum of services to over 600 women, men, and children each year. Aunty has extensive experience facilitating women's and men’s groups, advocating with women in the Maui Community Correctional Facility and through drug treatment services at the Malama Recovery Center, working in the TRO department, and providing crisis intervention.  Aunty also taught in elementary school. She currently works part-time for the WHW Shelter providing virtual counseling sessions. Aunty currently represents the voices of families of missing and murdered Indigenous women on the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Family Advisory Group.

Rosemond Keanuenue Antoinette Pettigrew is a Kanaka Wahine and Pouhana O Nā Wāhineʻs Board President. She was born and raised in the Ahupuaʻa O Wailupe on the east side of Oahu.  She moved to Molokai 38 years ago to ancestral aina on the east side of the island to raise her son and shortly thereafter, had a daughter. She believes it her destiny to move to Molokai to be the steward of the aina where her ancestors came from in ancient times. Her connection to her kupuna and the ancestral lands has guided her through her life and continues to instill the value of Ohana. She danced kahiko hula for years and is grateful for the time her halau spent learning from John Keanuenue Kaimikauwa, the Kumu of Halau O Kukunaokala who shared ancient stories and hula of Molokai. She is passionate about her connection to the aina, her culture and the well-being of her people, especially wahine and keiki wahine (women and girls). She is a Native rights and a domestic violence advocate. She has been employed by the Hawaii State Judiciary in the Family Court for 27 years, and 14 years at the only domestic violence shelter on the island. She left the shelter over a year ago to focus on the safety of Indigenous wāhine and forming the Pouhana O Nā Wāhine as a nonprofit organization focused on opening the Native Hawaiian Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Her Aloha for the aina and taking care of the people is a kuleana she takes seriously.

Dr. Dayna Schultz, Psy. D., LSW, CSAC is Kanaka ’Ōiwi and is a founding member and the Executive Director of Pouhana O Nā Wāhine. “To understand with your heart is Aloha.” Dayna believes that everyone has a story to tell and possesses the ability to change their narrative as they grow. She welcomes individuals to share their stories with her in a safe space and at their own pace. She provides a sense of warmth, compassion and Aloha that fosters a “Kākou” (together) effort to remind each individual that she will be walking with them on their healing journey. As a Native Hawaiian Survivor of various traumas, Dayna continues to be guided by her na’au and ancestors daily in efforts of working toward ending violence from and within her people that will lead to peace, harmony, and sense of Aloha all ways, always.

Dolly M.I. Tatofi, MSW, LCSW is Kanaka ʻŌiwi and is a founding member and member of Pouhana O Nā Wāhine’s Board of Directors. She is a spiritually guided wāhine that was born and raised on the island of Oahu. She has been blessed with many experiences that have guided her to serve others that span from keiki to kūpuna. She has worked in Behavioral Health for 10+ years and has served within a Health Care Organization. Dolly is currently serving the underserved women, children, and families of Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent in the ahupuaʻa of Kalihiliiolaumiha through Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, an FQHC. Dolly has come to realize that, at this moment, part of her kuleana is to connect and support people by restoring relationships through Aloha. She believes that through the daily living in Aloha, will create, maintain, and enhance the relationships we have, not only with others but, most importantly, with the self. If we can know who we are deep inside, we will see this reflected outside of us, and then will we know what Lōkahi truly means and feels like.