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Social workers from Korea visit Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Mar 2, 2010

Korean social workers at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.
Korean social workers at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.
UH Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work recently hosted eight social workers from Pusan, Korea. The visit was sponsored by the Korean National Association of Social Workers.
 
The focus of the group’s visit was to learn about Native Hawaiian programs and indigenous healing methods, and opportunities and challenges faced by Korean immigrants.
 
Dennis Kauahi, Lynnette Paglinawan, Likeke Paglinawan, and Pat Urief, all social workers, and the staff at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center spent a full day providing education on the history of Hawai‘i, Hawaiian protocol, values, and world views. They also introduced the group to some indigenous healing methods, most notably ho‘oponopono. 
 
Also, Dominic Inocelda, MSW, and the staff at the Susannah Wesley Community Center spent the day discussing the challenges of Honolulu’s Korean immigrant community, and exchanging information on social services delivery methods in both Hawai‘i and Korea. 
 
The School is planning continued collaborations with the Korean National Association of Social Workers.