Behind the name
Pua Mohala (Blossoming Flower)
Pua - flower, blossom, progeny, child, descendant, offspring
Mohala - unfolded, as flower petals; blossoming, opening up, blooming shining forth, appearing clear, evolved, freed or recovered
Pua Mohala makes reference to a blossoming flower or child. Adolescence is a period of blooming mentally and physically. As in the song lyrics by Irmgard Farden Aluli and Frank Palani Kalaha, “Pua mohala kau mai i luna i ka wēkiu” (flower blossom placed above the submit), our inspiration is to encourage youth to reach their highest potential.
Priscilla and Momi have over 35 years combined experience working with adolescents and their families. As professional working mothers of Native Hawaiian teenagers, Priscilla and Momi experienced first hand the gap in services for adolescents, especially those of indigenous ancestry. Both saw the need for holistic and culturally relevant opportunities for youth and felt that as indigenous women themselves, who better to guide youth and support them in navigating their own path to adulthood.
Priscilla and Momi are passionate about creating a healthier lāhui for our youth and young adults. They support efforts to keep the Hawaiʻi community mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy by donating to organizations who focus on cultural practices, education, and aloha ʻāina.
Priscilla is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years in the mental health profession. She is experienced in working with indigenous populations, immigrants, LGBTQ, domestic violence survivors and military families. Priscilla has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 40 years. Se habla espanol.
Momilani is an educator with 15 years experience as a public school teacher and high school administrator. She has extensive experience in the Hawaiian non-profit community. Understanding the significance of holistic healing, she is a strong advocate of essential oils, plant-based remedies, and is certified in Reiki.